Sooooooo… let me get this straight. We’ve got a blonde dude who can control ice (Iceman?), a young individual who can’t control some highly-destructive powers named Havoc (Havok?) and a black girl with white hair who can control the weather (Storm?) If the creators have never admitted that this draws inspiration from the X-MEN, I’ll seriously have to call bullshit on them. I’m not really crying foul, here. It’s intriguing to see something you’ve grown up get reflected through the lens of another culture - - much like I’m seein a warped version of historic Chicago in BACCANO! - - but the coincidences don’t seem that coincidental when you consider how similar contractors are to mutants.
This show’s getting pretty reliable for some bravura action set pieces, to be sure. Iceman employs his cryomancy in ways much more brutal than I’ve ever seen Mr. Freeze use (though they’re maybe on par with Sub-Zero’s M.O.) Freeze-drying a man’s arm off seemed like a simple party favor in comparison to the harsh trick of turning hot coffee into a sharp projectile, didn't it?
Stepping back a little, this is basically a high stakes “Goofus and Gallant” liked you’d see in the PTA’s favorite magazine, HIGHLIGHTS. Goofus conducts dangerous business like the wise guys at the beginning. He calls a deal off but still tries to keep his pavement. He gets frozen to death. Gallant conducts dangerous business like Hacov’s minders at the end. He puts his query in a suitcase and makes his enemies thinks she’s in a helicopter. Even if said query gets stolen, he still has sound tactics.Yes, these references fly around everywhere like a lil' silver pin ball.
Watch this episode “Red Giant Over Eastern Europe… (Part 1)” below and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.