As far as the shorts go, the biggest problem here was (ironically) that it was too short. Obviously, this was just the first chapter in a series of Sword of the Atom shorts which ended with a "To Be Continued" tag, so it really shouldn't be judged too hard on its own - even though it was a decent introduction to the series. I am looking forward to the next episodes, but I also am remaining hopeful that this stands apart from the Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode of the same name. So far, I don't feel this series is justified since the other just came out the previous year with a similar animation style. The Hawkman cameo was a nice nod and hopefully the Winged Wonder has his own batch of shorts in the works.
Sorry for the ramble. I guess how I really feel is that DC should make a new series called DC Presents which has a format similar to MAD - lots of shorts, in different styles, of appropriate lengths. A six minute Sword of the Atom would me a nice headliner along with a two minute Vibe short and even a 30 second Worlds Funnest - if they really felt the need. Cramming everything into one minute chunks is beginning to show its limitations.
DC Nation Short Count: 0029