“Vindicators 2” is a surprise 10-episode web series recently dropped by Adult Swim on their YouTube page, that serves as a sort-of “Rick and Morty” spinoff and prequel, starring its parody superhero squad, the Vindicators, who were killed off in the main series.
The short series focuses on Supernova (Gillian Jacobs), Vance Maximus (Christian Slater), Million Ants (Tom Kenny), Alan Rails (Lance Reddick), Crocubot (Maurice LaMarche), and Noob Noob (Justin Roiland) as they get into interplanetary misadventures that resembles very closely a “The Boys” light sort of story.
The Vindicators are frauds who use their power for their own personal gain, and some of them just like killing, unconcerned with what side of conflicts they get involved with is justified. This series also introduces three D-list superheroes we didn’t get to see in “Rick and Morty” that later end up becoming collateral the group needs to cover up, when Supernova murders them in a drunken rage.
Their episode on “Rick and Morty” received mixed reactions, which is why I was surprised that the Vindicators got their own series. In a nutshell, Vance is the group’s Iron Man, Supernova has planet-destroying gravity powers, Alan can summon ghost trains, Crocubot is a crocodile cyborg and Noob Noob is comic relief. In their episode, the group is killed off one by one by Rick as well as their own hypocrisy and distrust, with a major point being the fact that Supernova was sleeping with Million Ants behind Alan’s back.
Though each episode is only a few minutes long, the group gets more fleshed out in this mini-series, which doubles down on their corruption and just how irredeemable they are. There is only so much one can do with a series this short, but it has more of the same “Rick and Morty” humor we all love, and I really liked the “Boys”-esque aspect of the fact that the Vindicators have to save face by putting forward an outwardly good public persona while hiding the fact that they are powerful murderers with little regard for lives outside of their own.
“Vindicators 2” gets an 8/10