Review: ‘X-Men’ Animated DVDs Volumes 1-2

Robert Greenberger

Robert Greenberger is best known to comics fans as the editor of Who's Who In The DC Universe, Suicide Squad, and Doom Patrol. He's written and edited several Star Trek novels and is the author of The Essential Batman Encyclopedia. He's known for his work as an editor for Comics Scene, Starlog, and Weekly World News, as well as holding executive positions at both Marvel Comics and DC Comics.

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  1. Kim Kindya says:

    >The DVDs come without any extras and are really for a generation who grew up on these cartoons, not for those of us who encountered the characters and these stories first in print.Allow me to weigh in as someone who started reading X-Men comics at the age of 13 (I was a late bloomer, granted, but a loyal reader) and watched the X-Men Animated Series at the age of 24 (at which time I was STILL a continuous reader of the X-Men comics)…I will concede that the animation and voice acting were definitely inferior in the Animated Series, especially when compared to the excellent work of the contemporaneous Batman series. Nonetheless, I love that X-Men animated series — I watched it religiously, recorded every episode (on VHS tapes — before DVRs!), and am tickled pink that the DVDs are finally coming out. It probably is nostalgia on my part — after all, the series came out almost 20 years ago — which reveals my advanced age to readers of this comment :-). It just amused me to see my beloved characters moving and talking on TV. Could they have been written and acted better? OMG, yes. (Rogue's fake southern accent was especially cringe-worthy.) But at the same time, as you did note, I liked how it did manage to remain relatively faithful to the original continuity (though occasionally with different lineups from the originals in the comics.) I simply found it basically entertaining.I think you're a good reviewer — you do point out the legitimate flaws in the things you are discussing. But I have noticed that this isn't the first time you say in a review, essentially, "I'm too old for this." I don't _think_ you're trying to be the Cranky Old Guy…are you? :-)