Superhero Squad is a throwback to cartoons of my childhood, but it's more atavism than homage.
My parents complained that the cartoons I watched in the 80s were 30 minute long commercials and it's hard to dispute that about, say, the Transformers, but there were shows that were genuinely really good. I think Robotech still holds up, for instance.
It just looked like a lot of fun. I've been playing the free online game with Lily. I like the super-deformed look of the characters. The theme song was composed by Parry Gripp!
Cool people may know him as the lead singer and guitarist, for Nerf Herder, the band that performed the opening theme for Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Even cooler people may know him as the man behind Itchy Tummy Piglet.
"Itchy Tummy Piglet, wee wee wee!"
And yet, it fails to come together.
There are two main problems. The first is that it's a boy's club. Though it does eventually get somewhat better, here's the lineup for the first season.
We do have one woman in the form of Ms. Marvel, who serves as a mom and humorless scold to the boys. While it's not a huge deal and I don't want to be all "Won't Someone Think of the Children?!" here, but when the only female presence is such a negative one, I have to wonder what they were thinking. Now it doesn't bother Lily (she'll watch any crap you put in front of her), but it bothers me.
The other thing I don't like is the tone. Too often it's silly without being absurd and tries too hard to be funny. If I had to sum up the problems with the show in a single sentence, it's that there's no joy to it.
I'm not saying that it's the worst thing I've ever seen or anything, but it's less than what it could be.
However, I do dig the online game a lot. It has a Magic the Gathering style collectable card game as part of it and that is astoundingly fun. Check out my Spider-man deck thrashing Wolverine.
This is how she's usually represented outside of the game.
I'm going to have a lot of explaining to do if Lily starts telling people she wants to dress up like Emma Frost for Halloween.