Wow. The show was a lot better than I expected, and a lot more mature (meaning "not kiddie"), for the better. I'm not sold on Transformer Brainy, but I think Bouncing Boy will be the breakout character (no pun intended). Good explanation of how the Legion goes back to get Super
boyman, and I couldn't tell anywhere that the Superboy/Superman swap was detectable.
My TiVo and I noticed a whole bunch of Legionnaires in the Mission Monitor Board and at the end of the opening credits - we know that Blok, Chameleon Boy, Chemical King, Colossal Boy, Cosmic Boy, Dawnstar, Dream Girl, Element Lad, Karate Kid, Matter-Eater Lad, Polar Boy, Quislet, Shadow Lass, Shrinking Violet, and Ultra Boy will be in it (although I'm not sure if that was Dawnstar's symbol or Star Boy's, but Star Boy in his current black and white costume did appear in the credits). Truly a Legion!
Interlac! They used Interlac correctly! The board read 2947 TONS (I think that was the number).
Apparently I wasn't the only one to catch Booster Gold and Skeets as the janitor of the museum as Clark rushed in to get the Superman costume.
Two huge thumbs up from me to producer/showrunner James Tucker, series story editor Rob Hoegee, director Ben Jones, and writer Amy Wolfram (not to mention all of the animators and designers who put a lot of work into making this look good).
From around the blogosphere:
- Character designer Derrick J. Wyatt posted drawings of some of the characters he created, ordinary denizens of 31st century Metropolis (who look suspiciously like some Green Lanterns!).
- Episode director Ben Jones has a sketch of Validus. Ben's a cartoonist in his own right too. He's also retroactively updating an earlier post with some animation samples.
- The animated show's Wikipedia entry has been updated as of this morning's episode (by me!).
- Rokk Krinn at the Comic Book Revolution liveblogged the episode. He's very enthusiastic, and says pretty much the same things that I was saying.
The first episode of The Legion of Super Hero cartoon was fun. It had plenty of humor and action. Plus, the cartoon quickly established the personalities of the various Legionnaires. I liked it. A fun story that moved at a good pace plus some nice animation. This is going to be an enjoyable animated series.
- Johnny Bacardi caught the last 10 minutes but really liked the battle with the Fatal Five.
- SF author Chris Roberson thought it was "splendid".
What was nice about this show was that it felt like the Legion to me, much like Glen Murakami's Teen Titans had the feel of Wolfman-Perez's early eighties comics, even if the idiom was something aimed at an anime-friendly eight year old audience.
He also comments on Wyatt's characters and names their origins.
- Here's the ToonZone talkback thread for this episode. Lots of comparisons to Teen Titans (mostly favorable), and an overall positive reaction. More positive thoughts from the LegionWorld forums, the ComicBloc forums, the Television Without Pity forum, and the Legions of Gotham forum.
- Davey, Andres, Van, Scott, Mark John, and Duo Damsel all liked it, while seaphilo didn't.
Rob Alstetter of Comics Continuum also writes a comics blog for the Detroit News. Here's his preview from Thursday.
And of course, for those of you who missed it and can't wait three more weeks to see it on TV, here's the torrent link.