Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. – A Quick Review

As much as I wasn’t looking forward to this cartoon, it’s the Hulk, so, of course I watched it.  There is a few positives to this new series – the first, and most obvious, being that the Hulk is front and center in his own show again.  The Hulk being in his own cartoon will hopefully get the kids watching and the more exposure of the Hulk to the new generation the better.  I liked the cartoon being geared towards kids as well.  I know that many adults are watching these shows and are probably disappointed that they went in this direction – but I think it’s a good thing.  That is unfortunately where the good points end…

The characters in the cartoon are so far off of what the comics provide I have this problem believing that this cartoon is a good thing for the comics themselves.   Instead of working the characters into the show the way they appear in the written series they have them as sort of a non-team that comes when Hulk calls for it (not that he wants to).

The Red Hulk and real Hulk play off each other like an unfunny odd couple (but I do have to give credit to the producers for not calling the Red Hulk the most moronic, fan boy christened name for any character ever: “Rulk”) and She Hulk is just sort of there – the biggest disappointment is how they have portrayed poor old Rick Jones and his new persona… A-Bomb.

As bad as it was in the comics – it is 10 fold here – with A-Bomb being the sole comic relief on the show.  I felt myself cringing with every bad joke or Seth Green-ism that A-Bomb released.  Even worse was the constant reminder that this character really has nothing to do, other than being a mistake, as he constantly is either in the way or getting himself in trouble for Hulk to come and save him.

I did like the sort of twist ending – providing us a peek at the real villain pulling the strings – and also am interested in seeing how they explain how and who Skaar is.  I will keep tuning in, I mean, my daughter found it very entertaining.  I just worry that she will start to think the Hulk on the show is how the Hulk should be… that is scary enough to give me nightmares!

Grade: C-

3 responses to “Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. – A Quick Review

  1. I totally agree with your review. This might hook new fans for the Hulk comics…but at what cost…Hulk is the most dramatic and artistic character that has ever come out of Marvel. I mean he is the thought child born of Frankenstein and Dr.Jekyll/Mr.Hyde…both classic examples of high literature.

    And they threw it all away…to make Hulk and his buddies into a gamma powered three stooges show. I hope it gets turned around for season 2 (if it even happens).

  2. It seems this show has only gotten mediocre reviews. Does anyone here remember the late 90s Hulk cartoon? The first season was good but the second became the She-Hulk/Hulk show and it got really stupid. Season 1 took a lot of ideas from the comic books. Luke Perry did the voice of Rick and John Vormoor who played the dean in Animal House, was the voice of General Ross.

  3. On another note as anybody here been reading the Infinity event. It is interesting since the Captain Universe power plays a part. John Hickman is trying to tie that power to the New Universe reboot of Warren Ellis. Hence the power that gave people that is a form of the uni-power. Nothing so far as been mentioned about the old power or the events of Planet Hulk. Which should be connected.

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