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Review: Batman/Elmer Fudd Special #1

BATMAN ELMER FUDD SPECIAL #1The strangest and best of the DC Comics/Looney Tunes begins with a Will Eisner-esque title page, and writer Tom King, artist Lee Weeks, and colorist Lovern Kindzierski unveil a world more akin to the actually good comics by Frank Miller and not anything on a Saturday Morning cartoon. (Except for possibly Batman: The Animated Series.) Batman/Elmer Fudd is a straight-up noir starring human versions of Looney Tunes and a billionaire who dresses up like a bat. And of course, there’s a silver haired woman behind their actions, which King and Weeks use to poke holes in the classic femme fatale archetype.

Batman/Elmer Fudd, like many of the other Looney Tunes/DC Comics, because Tom King, Lee Weeks, and Lovern Kindzierski tell the story completely seriously while occasionally putting in an Easter Egg to lighten the mood. But Weeks and Kindzierski never break their chiaroscuro lit reverie, and the color palette definitely stays on the shadowy side. The hardboiled crime tone and the intense fight scenes between Batman and Elmer Fudd combined with his lispy, yet darkly earnest voiceovers creates moments of pure comedy. But then you see Elmer slumped at the bar with his stubble, downcast face, and carrot juice and feel bad for a man who lost his best chance at happiness and not constantly “wabbit hunting” when his lover Silver St. Cloud was bloodily killed by Bugs Bunny, who is a carrot chomping, mob wise guy in this comic.

Batman and Elmer Fudd work well together (And this fact is corroborated in-universe by their mutual ex, Silver St. Cloud.) because they are both driven by an obsessive RealFuddneed for justice. Batman hunts criminals, Elmer hunts rabbits, and they will do that until they fade out of pop culture relevance. Lee Weeks shows this shared character trait in an intense set of silent pages that establishes him in the top tier of action storytellers. Weeks’ poses and movements are powerful as Batman dodges Elmer’s point blank shotgun blasts, and later, there are holds as neither can get the upper hand.

Weeks is so good at depicting motion that you can feel the air move as Batman ducks and dives along with the bones that crack when Batman and Elmer team up against their common foe Bugs, who supposedly killed Silver St. Cloud. By the time the issue is over, Elmer Fudd, siwwiness and all has joined John Wick and the characters that Chow Yun Fat used to play in the gun fu using, revenge driven badass department. His no-look reverse shotgun blast has to be seen to be believed. However, Batman/Elmer Fudd isn’t all fisticuffs, and King and Weeks give Elmer a true air of melancholy in his drooping eyes and borderline pathetic internal monologue. The super depressing rain that drenches the characters and old style architecture helps a lot too and again evokes Eisner and early Miller.

At its heart, Batman/Elmer Fudd is a noir story about two men that are driven to violent revenge for a beautiful woman. Tom King plays with this classic formula by having Silver St Cloud be manipulative, yet still self aware and motivated by wanting to be out of these obsessive men’s lives. There are the wistful flashbacks of the beautiful woman, but Silver has agency and ends up being behind the whole issue’s plot. He, Lee Weeks, and Lovern Kindzierski also have a blast playing with the pop culture icons of Batman and the Looney Tunes and transposing them to this kind of setting.

The more cartoonish backup with art by Byron Vaughns and Carrie Strachan runs a few of its jokes into the ground, but has a hilarious Calendar Man cameo. However, it’s a nice relief after in-your-face crime noir with a side dish of lisps and hunting metaphors.

Story: Tom King Art: Lee Weeks Colors: Lovern Kindzierski
Backup Art: Byron Vaughns Backup Colors: Carrie Strachan

Story: 9.0 Art: 10 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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Preview: Wonder Woman #25

Wonder Woman #25

(W) Greg Rucka (A) Bilquis Evely (A/CA) Liam Sharp
In Shops: Jun 28, 2017
SRP: $3.99

Writer Greg Rucka weaves together the threads of “The Lies,” “Year One,” “The Truth,” and “Godwatch”-every story in WONDER WOMAN since the start of the DC Universe Rebirth era-in this extra-sized anniversary issue!

Preview: Jonah Hex/Yosemite Sam Special #1

Jonah Hex/Yosemite Sam Special #1

(W) Jimmy Palmiotti, Bill Matheny (A) Dave Alvarez (A/CA) Mark Texeira
RATED T
In Shops: Jun 28, 2017
SRP: $4.99

When miner Yosemite Sam strikes it rich, word gets out as everyone comes gunning for his wealth! To protect himself and his new riches, he hires bounty hunter Jonah Hex–but the man protecting him may be his worst nightmare! And the bonus Looney Tunes backup story features DC characters written by Bill Matheny and artwork by Dave Alvarez.

DC Rebirth Recap And Review For Comics Released 6/21

Welcome to Graphic Policy’s DC Rebirth: Recap And Review where we take a look at the comics released under DC‘s Rebirth banner and try to work out just how accessible they are for new readers – we’ll also be providing  recap of sorts for the relevant story beats up until the issue in question in order to help you figure out if the series is something you’re interested in.

Each comic will receive a rating of Friendly or Unfriendly based on how easy it was for new readers to pick them up – in some cases with a recap, in others without because sometimes things are forgotten. Generally, the quality of an issue won’t be discussed unless it directly impacts a new reader’s enjoyment of the series.

You may notice that not every comic is covered week to week, and that’s because I  sometimes forget to read them  (although that doesn’t happen often). If I have missed an issue, typically I won’t go looking for back issues to catch up on events – this feature is all about accessibility for new readers, after all.


All-Star Batman #11 Last issue had a brilliant look at Alfred’s past as a rambunctious teen in England, while Batman went undercover as Bruce Wayne to infiltrate Penguin’s casino. Things hit the fan when he was mistaken for Hush (who has had surgery to look like Bruce). Oddly, a Friendlyish comic.

AQM_Cv25_dsAquaman #25 Not only is this comic the highlight of a series that’s been one of DC’s strongest since Rebirth began, it’s also one of the best places to dive in. It’s Friendly enough without a recap as you’ll be able to piece together the gist of things, but essentially Arthur has been deposed as King of Atlantis due to his Surface friendly policies, and he is currently believed dead.

Batman #25 There’s been a lot of buzz around this comic, and honestly? While it was Friendly, it was just an okay read to kick off a new arc.

Batwoman #4 The hardest part about this series is that I want to like it, but I can never remember the previous issues when I pick it up because it is, unfortunately, a very forgettable comic. Essentially that means there’s no recap this month (?) for Batwoman, other than the island Batwoman is on is about to blow up… ultimately, this is the finale of the first arc, so maybe wait till next issue to jump on board.

Green Arrow #25 Oliver Queen was presumed dead, until he showed his face again in Seattle… and was promptly arrested for being a douche (I actually think it had more to do with his former company, the one he got maneuvered out of, than him being a douche). This issue set up the future for Oliver Queen, and it is a Friendly set up.

Green Lanterns #25 This arc is all about the First Lantern, Volthoom, finally getting a chance to return home after ten billion years. It’s a long time… the story has been hinted at, and seeds have been planted, for several issues but  ultimately this is still Friendly.

Nightwing #23 Nightwing’s back in Bludhaven and has been confronted with an old (or new?) enemy in Blockbuster (no, not the defunct rental place). Sadly I don’t remember SUPSO_Cv5_dsmuch more, but the issue is still fun – and Friendly to boot.

Superman #25 Jon Kent has been mind controlled into turning against his father, and now he’s about to attack him. This isn’t the most Friendly issue, but it should be easy enough for you to pick up.

Super Sons #5 Sweet lord do I love this issue. It’s every bit as Friendly as you could hope for, and it’s really bloody good. This issue nails so much about the characters involved that you don’t need to have read the previous issues to be able to follow along and enjoy it. Genuinely highly recommended.

Trinity #10 There’s a bare bones recap at the beginning of this issue that works better with the visuals than anything I could give you. Friendly.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Alex

Top Pick: X-O Manowar #4 (Valiant) – Two years ago, I would have laughed at you if you told me I’d be super excited to get my hands on this comic (despite having access to review copies I still buy this every month), I’d have laughed at you for hours. I genuinely though X-O Manowar was a stupid name with a stupid concept. The. I gave it a chance… and now it’s one of my favourite series. Each issue is a monthly highlight for me.

Scrimshaw #1 (Alterna) – The newsprint movement returns with another comic at $1.50. I have no idea what it’s about but every one of Alterna’s newsprint comics have been great so far. No reason not to get this, really.

 

Shay

Suicide Squad #20 (DC Comics) – I am hella excited for the start of the “False Flag” arc. A new arc means new mayhem and after what happened last issue, it means a new team leader and I can’t wait to see how it all shakes out.

Throwaways #9 (Image) – I think they’ve finally gotten the hang of things and there’s more focus than tricks in this issue.

Deadpool vs Punisher #5 (Marvel) – We’ve come to the end of the road and I am eagerly awaiting this finale while “Let the Bodies Hit the Floor” plays on a loop in head.

Jean Grey #3 (Marvel) – The newest take on Jean Grey isn’t here for the Phoenix foolishness and she will find a way to keep her out of her mind and body by any means necessary. So obviously, I’m all the way here for this!

 

Paul

Top Pick: Jean Grey #3 (Marvel) – I’m really enjoying this book and love how Jean Grey is being portrayed; a strong female character out to take control of her own life. She’s gotten flashes of The Phoenix coming for her, and surprisingly the X-Men aren’t taking it seriously (you’d think after everything they’ve been through with the Phoenix the mere mention of it would cause panic). But now Jean is off on her own to get some answers and do what she can to shape her destiny and not follow the path of her past self. It’s a great read with great writing and I strongly recommend it.

The Defenders #2 (Marvel) – I’m really liking seeing these characters together in their own book, even if it is to coincide with the upcoming Netflix series. There’s plenty of action and good banter between the characters and I can’t wait to see where this title goes.

Totally Awesome Hulk #20 (Marvel) – I don’t read this title, but I am really excited about the Weapons of Mutant Destruction crossover with Weapon X. I want to keep up with all the pieces to see this puzzle come together.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Batman/Elmer Fudd Special #1 and Jonah Hex/Yosemite Sam Special #1 (DC Comics) – DC has been knocking it out of the park with their crossovers. First their Hanna-Barbera ones and now with Looney Tunes. Each issue has been fantastic to read and generally have been good to great. They are exactly what comics should be, lots of fun.

Bankshot #1 (Dark Horse) – Alex De Campi and Chris Cross’ new series about a man who is either a modern-day Robin Hood or a terrorist. I read the first issue and immediately wanted to check out more.

Clue #1 (IDW Publishing) – The classic board game turned movie is now a comic book. I liked the game and loved the film and can’t wait to see what IDW does with it. I’m fully expecting multiple ending fun.

Eleanor & Egret #3 (AfterShock Comics) – A beyond adorable comic series about an art thief and her bird and the policeman who’s attempting to track them down. The story is cute and art is amazing.

Medisin #2 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – The concept is great, doctors who treat villains. The first issue hooked me and I’ve been looking forward to seeing what the second is like.

 

Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 6/24

Sometimes, the staff at Graphic Policy read more comics than we’re able to get reviewed. When that happens you’ll see a weekly feature compiling short reviews from the staff of the comics, or graphic novels, we just didn’t get a chance to write a full review for.

These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews.

 


 

Logan

lobo-the-road-runnerBatman #25 (DC Comics) Batman #25 is a prologue to Tom King, Mikel Janin, and June Chung’s anticipated “War of Jokes and Riddles” storyline. It’s told in flashback by Batman himself and shows both the Joker and Riddler at their peak spreading chaos and crime through their humorous and puzzling M.O.’s respectively. I enjoyed King’s characterization of the Riddler as a kind of twisted tutor, who helped the GCPD with their homework, er, cases while using his personal knowledge about them to escape. Janin’s panels featuring him are symmetrical and occasionally look like prison bars because he feels like Batman’s the only riddle he can’t solve. The ones with Joker are much freer flowing and help set up an arc-long personal mystery of something Batman has done in his past that he regrets and hasn’t told anyone until now. This continues Tom King’s tradition of telling epic stories while remaining grounded in Batman’s own psyche.  Overall: 8.7 Recommendation: Buy

Lobo/Road Runner Special #1 (DC Comics) In Lobo/Road Runner Special #1, Bill Morrison, comics legend Kelley Jones, and Michelle Madsen fit the classic Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner cartoons into an interconnected mythology that involves mad scientists and secret experiments. Then, Lobo shows up for the Road Runner and blows it all to hell. Seeing Lobo’s hopeless attempts to kill Road Runner with the annoying “Beep beep” in his ear as he regenerates over and over again is super hilarious. There’s also a B-plot where Wile E Coyote hunts down Kilowog for Lobo’s employer, and it’s nice to see him be competent and not just a punching bag for Road Runner. Jones’ take on Wile E is a little freaky, and he looks just like a mutated science experiment. Throw in a Morrison written and drawn backup where Lobo tries and fails to hunt Road Runner in the “kid-friendly” (Cartoon violence is more than okay.) Looney Tunes universe, and this is another excellent addition to the DC/Looney Tunes crossovers. Overall: 9.2 Recommendation: Buy

Life with Kevin #4 (Archie) Life with Kevin is back with plenty of pratfalls, smooching, and Veronica drama courtesy of writer/artist Dan Parent and inker J.Bone. Kevin has to deal with the social media fallout of his going on a prom date with a young gay high school student and uses this as an opportunity to call out networks for exploiting this touching moment for ratings. Young queer kids aren’t commodities. In the second half of the story, Kevin runs into his cheating ex Michael, who has become the star of a Spanish language soap opera. Parent pokes fun at soap opera tropes in the middle of a comic that has become one while still bringing the emotion because Kevin pines for Michael even though he know he’s bad for him. Life with Kevin #4 is super adorable, super funny, and has just the right amount of the feels to go with Parent’s great Archie house style art and baby blue palette. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Ryan C

black hammer 10.jpgRoyal City #4 (Image)** – Another fine, character-driven installment in Jeff Lemire’s beautifully laconic series, this issue probably would have benefited from having an editor give things a look as some of the internal monologues veer toward being overblown, but on the whole this book’s artfully-constructed humanity continues to impress and inspire. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Black Hammer #10 (Dark Horse)** – If you thought Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston unloaded a whopper of a cliffhanger on readers last issue,wait until you see this one! My sole (and very slight) concern is that they may have given away just a bit too much about what’s really going with their jaw-dropper this time out, but they’ve consistently surprised me so far, and there’s probably no reason to doubt that they have further surprises up their sleeve. Consistently magnificent stuff that really does reward folks who read it in singles. Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

God Country #6 (Image)** – A superb wrap-to Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw’s heartbreakingly humane cosmic drama, this is a beautifully-scripted paean to love and loss between fathers and sons that will leave a lump in your throat and a tear in your eye, amazingly illustrated by Shaw and even more amazingly colored by Jason Wordie. The one and only strike against it is that it reduces the previous few issues of Kirby-esque space battles to a mere redundancy and once you regain your composure, you’ll realize this whole thing could have been told just as — perhaps even more — effectively in three or four chapters rather than six. Still, this is agonizingly powerful stuff, especially for those of us with aging parents who we want to say a lot to while they’re still with us. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Batman #25 (DC)** – A fairly solid start to the new “The War Of Jokes And Riddles” storyline that doesn’t “wow” by any means, but is definitely a continuation of the recent quality uptick we’ve seen on the book. Tom King seems to be easing into something of a “groove” with the scripting on this series, and Mikel Janin’s artwork is simply stunning, and whileI’m a bit concerned about the fact that this is yet another journey back into Batman’s past rather than a story that will move the narrative — and the character — forward, what the hell? So far, so (pretty) good. Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Patrick

IHateFairyland_13-1.pngI Hate Fairyland #13 (Image) – You know you’re onto something when you can start handing over your creator-owned series to guest artists and know that they won’t skip a beat. Dean Rankine handles the art on the story of Larry’s dream of a Gert-less life and he absolutely kills it. From the opening shot of fly maternity (which cannot be unseen), to the dung mines, to his ultimately meltdown on the Ellfen Show, every page is a wicked delight. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

The Old Guard #5 (Image) – Greg Rucka & Leandro Fernandez conclude their tale of immortal soldiers with many, many prices paid. Nothing earth-shaking here; it’s loud and fast-moving, but the action is solidly driven by the desires of the characters and everything actually makes dramatic sense, which is more than I can say for most action comics and movies. I think I’ve said it before, but if these two want to make more war comics I will buy them all. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

 


Well, there you have it, folks. The reviews we didn’t quite get a chance to write. See you next week!

Please note that with some of the above comics, Graphic Policy was provided FREE copies for review. Where we purchased the comics, you’ll see an asterisk (*). If you don’t see that, you can infer the comic was a review copy. In cases where we were provided a review copy and we also purchased the comic you’ll see two asterisks (**).

Preview: The Wild Storm #5

The Wild Storm #5

(W) Warren Ellis (A/CA) Jon Davis-Hunt
RATED T+
In Shops: Jun 21, 2017
SRP: $3.99

Michael Cray is dying. This doesn’t stop IO from giving him one final job, to fix the world he’s spent years killing for. Michael Cray, the best assassin in the world, is sent out to kill Angela Spica, the engineer who saved Jacob Marlowe’s life and exposed the secret state she worked for. Lucy Blaze, investigating the chaos caused at Camp Hero by IO and a wild CAT, meets an old enemy-and realizes an ancient war may be entering a new phase, at the worst possible time.

Preview: Trinity #10

Trinity #10

(W) Francis Manapul (A/CA) Francis Manapul
RATED T
In Shops: Jun 21, 2017
SRP: $3.99

“All Along the Watchtower” part two! The Justice League Watchtower is infested. The world’s greatest heroes have been infected. And as their HQ hurls to Earth, Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman are faced with the difficult decision of destroying the Watchtower and their teammates to save the Earth.

Preview: Teen Titans Go! #22

Teen Titans Go! #22

(W) Heather Nuhfer, Paul Morrissey, Sholly Fisch (A) Marcelo Di Chiara, Jeremy Lawson (CA) Dario Brizuela
In Shops: Jun 21, 2017
SRP: $2.99

Something “Smells like Teen Titans Spirit” when Raven judges a musical competition and Punk Rocket’s band threatens to shake the city to pieces! Then our heroes grow “Bored of the Dance” when Starfire’s plans for a Titans Prom go predictably well. As in, not well at all.

Preview: Superman #25

Superman #25

(W) Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason (A) Doug Mahnke, Jaime Mendoza, Patrick Gleason (CA) Ryan Sook
RATED T
In Shops: Jun 21, 2017
SRP: $3.99

“BLACK DAWN” part six! The extra-sized finale to “Black Dawn” reveals the villain tearing the Super-Family apart and destroying everything the Man of Steel holds dear!

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