I've enjoyed most of these Marvel superhero movies that have been released over the last few years (the exception being Iron Man 2, about which the less said the better), but I'm still having a hard time conceptualizing how the upcoming Avengers movie can actually be good. 'Cause seriously, dude, you're trying to cram a half dozen-odd unconnected heroes together and give them all time to shine in the space of a two hour movie? It's difficult to see how this can possibly be anything but really overstuffed and ungainly.
At any rate, perhaps "Just Us Justice Ducks" (love the title, if nothing else) can provide us with a preview, since here, in the space of forty-two-odd minutes, it's Darkwing and Gizmoduck and Morgana and Neptunia and Stegmutt versus Negaduck and Megavolt and Quackerjack and Bushroot and Liquidator. Whew. Honestly, it seems kind of pointless to take the time to put together whole teams like this without ever using them again--doing it just for the sake of the thing, because it's a superhero convention--but what the hell: let's see how if fares on its own terms.
So DW has a date with Morgana, but before that can happen, he has to deal with Megavolt being villainous. And what's this? There's Quackerjack being villainous, too! Actually, the two of them are pretty funny together; I could deal with more of that. Throughout the course of the first episode, the various heroes and villains are introduced, more or less awkwardly, and DW, being a lone-hero type, drives them all off. Will he learn the True Value of Teamwork?!?
YES! The second episode deals with having so many heroes and villains by more or less compartmentalizing them: in the first half, it's Neptunia versus Liquidator, Morgana versus Bushroot, Stegmutt versus Quackerjack, and Gizmoduck versus Megavolt. In each case, the villain gets the upper hand, and Negaduck is going to drain their powers and incidentally kill them until DW shows up. Then, they each pretty much smash the shit out of a villain in such a way that it's hard to know why they had so much trouble in the first place. For all this talk of "teamwork," there really isn't all that much of it--they basically each just do their thing.
So okay. That's that, I guess. Not terrible, but there's a certain feeling of anticlimax, like we were building up to this whole big thing and now…well, the thing happened! Back to the ol' grind! I'm actually kind of looking forward to that, though; novelty notwithstanding, it's hard to imagine how this was ever going to be a really great episode, having to divide its attention so many ways.
-I must admit, Negaduck is a pretty magnetic villain here, much better than in that "super-speed aging" thing. It's never made clear why all the other guys are following him, though. They're all different levels of bad, and they're all basically anarchists, so this seems like a doubtful notion. Bushroot in particular is only very nominally a villain; it's hard to really swallow the idea of him getting all excited about fucking shit up in the same way as, say, Quackerjack.
-Man, Stegmutt is surely the worst character this show has come up with yet. Jeez Louise. On the other hand, I'm a li'l bummed that we won't be seeing more of Neptunia. You can see why we won't, though. "Neptunia," Gizmoduck sez, "your command of the creatures of the sea will be of great help!" Is he being sarcastic, or what? Is this a thinly veiled poke at the widely-noted impracticality of Aquaman's powers?
-"Bullsh….no no no no don't say the B word!" Really? This show can do that?
-"Morgana! You have a mystical hideout-finding power, maybe perhaps?"
-"Flowers! Flowers for Negaduck!" "I hate flowers!" "Did I say flowers? I mean, uh…skulls! Skulls for Negaduck!" "Ah…I'll be right there."