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The Tick Vs. Season One by Art Vitello

The Tick Vs. Season One

by Art Vitello, Ben Edlund

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The Tick is mighty! Created by Ben Edlund (who has also worked on Venture Bros., Supernatural, and Firefly), The Tick is a bizarre amalgam of superhero stereotypes contained in a clueless yet oddly poetic and enigmatic character. The Tick is nigh invulnerable and strong enough to hurl buses about; however, he is also easily distracted by shiny objects. Fortunately, his sidekick Arthur, an accountant in a moth suit, helps to keep The Tick somewhat anchored in reality.

The Tick debuted as a comic book character, eventually leading to three seasons of cartoons. Although it originally aired in a Saturday morning time slot, the show really holds an appeal to a wide age range (a la The Simpsons).

Well, to give an idea of how it all goes down, I'll start with a sampling of Tick's nemeses: Mucus Tick, cloned from The Tick's -um- nose droppings, The Man-Eating Cow (self-explanatory), and The Human Ton, a massive behemoth who quotes Shakespeare and Homer using a sock-puppet.

OK, and some of my favorite Tick quotes: (After falling several stories and crashing into the pavement) "Gravity is a harsh mistress!" His eating utensil-inspired battle cry, "SPOOOON!!" And while watching some villains escape he observes, "Cool! They got a blimp!"

So The Tick and Arthur, at times assisted by generally inept superheroes, manage to bumble and punch their way through various situations until justice prevails. There's a lot of slapstick humor and cultural references, and it's all really held up well over the 17 years or so since the show originally aired. It's a lot of fun to watch and it's easy to understand how the The Tick's gained a sort of cult following.

The DVD itself is in 1.33:1 ratio, understandable considering its original TV format. The set is sparse- the Mole-Men episode is missing, it's not blu-ray, and it has no commentary. Actually, there's no extras.

But I don't need all that stuff here. It's an awesome show with a heapin' helpin' of visual tidbits and quirky jokes to catch. I generally only buy DVDs if I feel I can watch them repeatedly, and this set has passed that test over and over again. Recommended.
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Brawny, almost indestructible, and easily distracted by shiny objects, The Tick keeps the streets of The City safe with the help of his trusty sidekick Arthur. Contains the most hilarious adventures from season one.

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