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Our reviews of The Super Hero Squad Show: The Infinity Gauntlet, Volume 1 (published August 21st, 2011), The Super Hero Squad Show: Volume 1 (published July 7th, 2010), The Super Hero Squad Show: Volume 2 (published November 3rd, 2010), and The Super Hero Squad Show: Volume 3 (published February 27th, 2011) are also available.
The Super Hero Squad began in 2006 as a line of small, chunky Marvel superheroes action figures for young children. The success of the line led to comic book crossovers as well as The Super Hero Squad Show, and animated series that premiered on the Cartoon Network in 2009. Though ostensibly a comedy series for young children, the show's first season is about Dr. Doom's quest to gather the Infinity Fractals, pieces of a sword that, when reunited, will give him the power to conquer the Super Hero Squad and take over the Earth.
The Super Heroes Squad Show: Volume 4 is a single-disc release containing the final six episodes of the first season:
• "Hexed, Vexed, and Perplexed!"
• "The Ice Melt Cometh!"
• "Wrath of the Red Skull!"
• "Mother of Doom!"
• "Last Exit before Doomsday!"
• "The Al Dente Earth!"
The Super Hero Squad Show may be a hoot for little kids (and perhaps even hardcore Marvel fans of the adult variety), but it didn't do a thing for me. The humor is excruciatingly silly. Gags include the Scarlet Witch whining to her dad, Magneto, like she's a preschooler strapped into a child safety seat in the back of a minivan, the Hulk engaging in a pie fight, Dr. Doom's iron-masked mother, and the Red Skull lamenting that he used to be pink as a child. None of it is the least bit funny (though I readily admit the show probably contains some Marvel Universe inside baseball that might tickle the funny bones of devoted readers of the comics but flew right over my head).
Despite the season-long story arc about the Infinity Sword, the show has little interest in plot or character. Each episode plays out like a relentless assembly line of Bazooka Joe-style quips aimed squarely at youngsters. I haven't seen the first three volumes of the series, but based on the episodes in Volume 4, I'd guess that the Infinity Sword plotline has enough story content for a three- or four-episode arc. The rest of the show is comprised of zingers like Iron Man calling Dr. Doom "tin face" before realizing the irony of his insult, or the Hulk transforming into a variety of silly characters. The primary purpose of the Infinity Sword storyline is to give Dr. Doom something to do. He is, after all, the star of the show.
The disc's 1.78:1 anamorphically-enhanced transfer delivers vivid colors, but is occasionally marred by combing artifacts and macroblocking. Audio comes in clean Dolby 5.1 and stereo options.
The only supplement to the episodes is a two-minute interview with Charlie Adler, the voice actor who performs Dr. Doom.
Guilty as charged.
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