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Super Hero Squad Online: Hero Up #1

July 28, 2011

Title: Send in the Clone-Bots                                                              

Writer: Todd DeZago
Art:
Leonel Castellani
Colorist:
Sotocolor        
Letterer:
Dave Sharpe
Editor:
Jordan D. White   
Publisher:
Marvel Comics

Marvel put out this 50-cent special a few months ago to coincide with the launch of the Super Hero Squad Online video game. Not having played the game, I’m not really sure if the story here has anything to do with the game’s story. Take as a simple 50-cent special, it’s worth the price, but it wouldn’t have been worth too much more.

In the first of two stories, “Send in the Clone-Bots,” Doctor Doom has created robot duplicates of members of the Super Hero Squad to try to take down the heroes. The robot Hulk throws down with the real Iron Man, Thor, and Wolverine, prompting the squad to assemble and seek out the villains. The story, honestly, isn’t that great. Part of it is the general weakness of the concept – these heroes all palling around the Helicarrier together doesn’t make a lot of sense and is frequently dependent on just ignoring their established characterization, creating dull, bowdlerized versions of the heroes. The best stuff is in Todd DeZago’s script, including some fairly funny moments when the real Hulk discovers the disembodied head of his robotic duplicate and makes a pretty hilarious assumption. That leads to some good comedic segments, which the book needs. It’s particularly weak in the depiction of the villains. Dr. Doom here isn’t only ineffectual, he comes across like the version of himself in that internet meme where he’s swarmed by puppies. It just falls flat.

Fortunately, the second story is at least a bit better.

Title: Flame On! And On! And On! And On!

Writer: Todd DeZago
Art:
Marcelo Dichiara
Colorist:
Sotocolor        
Letterer:
Dave Sharpe
Editor:
Jordan D. White

This second story isn’t actually about the Human Torch – don’t let the title fool you. Instead, we’re treated to the space-faring adventures of Fin Fang Foom, who winds up with a terribly destructive case of the hiccups. He intends to go to Earth to recruit a “big brain” to cure him, but winds up locked in heated battle with a Skrull invasion force. The Skrulls mistake Fin Fang Foom as a weapon from Earth, and the Super Hero Squad is called in. This story is funnier, and the characters feel a bit more true to themselves, although the story is briefly derailed when Iron Man starts explaining why they don’t need space suits once they reach the Skrull spaceship. Aside from a good fourth wall-breaking line, the explanation doesn’t make any sense, which is actually more distracting than it would have been if they’d just ignored the whole concept and gone ahead with it.

It’s an okay issue, but it’s not a great one. Kids may like it, but there are definitely better products out there for them.

Rating: 6/10

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