Advanced Review: Ben 10/Generator Rex: Heroes United
Cartoon Network set Cosmic Book News up with an advanced screening of Ben 10/Generator Rex: Heroes United - and it was awesome! I sat down earlier tonight with my two sons (ages 3 and 7), and within the first two minutes both were glued to the TV set. I think this was the first time all day they were quiet; however, that didn't last long!
The two stars of the popular Cartoon Network series of the same name are united in the special one hour movie that airs on Friday. Both shows are created by "Man Of Action," which consists of writers Duncan Rouleau, Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, and Steven T. Seagle. Comic book fans will certainly recognize those names, but that's not all that will be familiar as the many episodes the group has scribed also share themes similar to various comics. The episodes consist of great storylines filled with tons of action, the only difference being that Ben 10/Generator Rex: Heroes United might have even more of each.
Ben Tennyson, his world's strongest and most popular hero, has the vastly powerful Ultimatrix (formerly Omnitrix) that enables young Ben to transform into a million different aliens of his choosing. The watch-like device holds the DNA of the many different species, and as the dial is pressed - it's hero time! For example, depending on the situation, Ben might call upon Humungousaur - a Godzilla-like alien with super strength (see attached pic). Or one of my son's favorites - Heatblast! As the name suggests, an alien made up of fire and molten lava! As you can see, the possibilities are endless which makes for some real fun.
Rex Salazar is a Latino super hero from an Earth where nanites have infested everything causing vast mutations. However, Rex can control the nanites and effectively shut them off. Rex is also capable of controlling the nanites and forming his body into machines of his choosing. He works for a government organization known as Providence, whose goal it is to stop the mutated humans gone bad - also known as E.V.Os (Exponentially Variegated Organisms).
As you can see from the descriptions of both characters, Ben and Rex make the perfect pairing. They are both powerful young teenagers that can transform their bodies at will. So what happens when one Ultrimatrix-sporting Ben 10 meets up with a souped-up nanite infested Generator Rex? All out action!
Ben 10/Generator Rex: Heroes United is non-stop action from the moment it begins. I don't think my adrenal glands could have taken anymore as I witnessed Ben battling Rex, Rex clashing with Ben, and in turn, both teaming up in an attempt stop a villain threatening both worlds! And the writers on the movie kept everything fresh as they used each heroes gifts accordingly. No spoilers, but not only do we get to see some new faces and powers, but some older and familiar ones appear as well.
Regarding the plot, again no spoilers, but per the show description Ben 10 is seemingly ripped from his Universe and brought into Rex's own. Being the impulsive youths that they are, the two immediately butt heads - and it's all out fireworks from there! While each attempts to one-up the other with an awesome display of might, the show's villain causes all sorts of mayhem! I'm not going to give away more, but "Man of Action" lives up to their name -- to say the least!
If you are a fan of either Ben 10 or Generator Rex, you will love this. Essentially, what "Man of Action" has done is given us two characters, that when crossover, just might be better than the sum of their parts! If you can believe that!
And getting back to my two sons, my oldest told me he didn't like it - he loved it. Then we subsequently went on to play Ben 10/Generator Rex: Heroes United for two hours. Of course I was the villain.
"Ben 10/Generator Rex: Heroes United" airs Friday November 25th at 7 p.m. (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network.