Review: Future Quest #1

FutureQuest_cv1When the adventurous and inquisitive Jonny Quest and his adoptive brother Hadji make a startling discovery in the swamplands of Florida, they are pulled into an epic struggle between the Space Rangers and a dangerous villain who threatens the galaxy. Now it’s up to the combined forces of Team Quest, Inter-Nation Security, Space Ghost, and a host of Hanna-Barbera’s greatest action heroes to stop him and save their universe!

“Crisis of Infinite Hanna-Barbera” is how I’d describe Future Quest #1 from writer Jeff Parker and art by Evan “Doc” Shaner. The issue kicks off DC Comics’ reboot/revamp of the Hanna-Barbera line of comics and this one is of particular interest to me as it features a lot of the characters I enjoyed watching on television growing up.

The first issue is an interesting one as it begins with a bit more “action” than what I remember in any of the cartoons of the past (though it’s been quite a while since I watched any of them), but that action feels very familiar. Actually the whole story feels rather familiar as it involves a galaxy spanning threat, portals that allow worlds to come together, and a team-up of characters who had little to do with each other until now. It’s a formula we’ve seen in comics, but not applied here, and it works in an entertaining way.

Parker does a decent job setting things up and getting me interested to see what comes next, but even with an over-sized first issue the story feels rather slow at times. The pacing is a little off, and that actually might be due to the extra pages. Even with them, the contents of the issue storywise feels like what you’d see in a regular sized comic. There’s nothing that jumps out at me that justifies the length, it just doesn’t feel like it’s used to its full extent.

What is really solid though is Shaner’s art which captures the feel of all of the various characters and series. He seamlessly blends it together so that it looks cohesive and works as a single world. It also evokes the cartoons with the use of backgrounds as well. It just feels like the classic cartoons in comics.

There’s some oddities in the issue for example one panel on a page, then the replication of the text on the next, and some speech bubbles missing who is using them, but overall the first issue is a solid one.

I will say going into it I was intrigued and skeptical. Coming out of it, I can’t wait to see where it goes.

Story: Jeff Parker Art: Evan “Doc” Shaner
Story: 7.7 Art: 9 Overall: 8.65 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review