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Review: Lex Luthor/Porky Pig Special #1

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got the return of Looney Tunes and DC Comics coming together for a series of one-shot specials!

Lex Luthor/Porky Pig Special #1 is by Mark Russell, Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy, Andrew Dalhouse, ALW’s Troy ‘N’ Dave, Ben Oliver, Mac Rey, Jim Fanning, John Loter, Paul J. Lopez, and Wes Abbott.

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Preview: Lex Luthor/Porky Pig #1

Lex Luthor/Porky Pig #1

(W) Mark Russell, Jim Fanning (A) Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy, John Loter (CA) Ben Oliver
In Shops: Aug 29, 2018
SRP: $4.99

Facing financial and personal ruin, a desperate Porky Pig applies for and gets and entry-level position with LexCorp. Grateful to his new benefactor, Porky becomes Luthor’s most loyal employee and defender. But when a major scandal breaks in the news and Lex is called before a Congressional Committee, guess who is about to be offered up as the sacrificial pig?

DC and Looney Tunes Come Together Again this Summer

Following the sales and critical success of titles like Batman/Elmer Fudd, more of Warner Bros classic cartoon characters will get the DC Universe treatment this August as DC revealed new quartet of DC/Looney Tunes special one-shot issues, written and drawn by some of the top names in the DC talent family. Each 48-page issue hits comic book retailers on Wednesday, August 29, includes both a main and bonus story featuring the title characters and will sell for $4.99.

This zany title lineup includes:

CATWOMAN/TWEETY AND SYLVESTER SPECIAL #1

Written by GAIL SIMONE, with art by INAKI MIRANDA
Backup story written by SHEA FONTANA, with art by WALTER CARZON
Cover by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO

In his relentless pursuit of Tweety, Sylvester suddenly finds himself with a new, human ally—Catwoman! Tweety then realizes that he’s going to need some help too, and recruits a super-hero of his own, Black Canary! It isn’t long before the scale of the conflict begins to get out of control and suddenly there’s a full-scale war between cats and birds that threatens to take over all of Gotham.

HARLEY QUINN/GOSSAMER SPECIAL #1

Written by JIMMY PALMIOTTI and AMANDA CONNER, with art by PIER BRITO
Backup story written by SHOLLY FISCH, with art by DAVE ALVAREZ
cover by AMANDA CONNER

A violent storm leaves a large crate washed up on the beach at Coney Island. When Harley breaks it open to see what’s inside, she suddenly has a new playmate to add to her cast of friends—a large, furry, orange beast called Gossamer. It’s all fun and games until a giant robot attacks them. But who sent it? Harley immediately suspects only one man, but is it really The Joker behind this destructive rampage?

THE JOKER/ DAFFY DUCK SPECIAL #1

Written by SCOTT LOBDELL, with art and cover by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND
Backup story written by JOEY CAVALIERI, with art by LUCIANO VECCHIO

When Daffy Duck pays a call to the Acme corporate headquarters in Gotham City, he finds the company long gone and their abandoned building now occupied by The Joker. With a hit in progress, Daffy tries to sneak away, only to find himself in the clutches of the Clown Prince of Crime. But Joker decides that there’s some potential in this manic bird and forces Daffy to join his gang. Will he find a way to escape…or will he become The Joker’s new right-hand duck?

LEX LUTHOR/ PORKY PIG SPECIAL #1

Written by MARK RUSSELL, with art by BRAD WALKER and ANDREW HENNESSY
Backup story written by JIM FANNING, with art by JOHN LOTER
cover by BEN OLIVER

Facing financial and personal ruin, a desperate Porky Pig applies for and gets and entry-level position with LexCorp. Grateful to his new benefactor, Porky becomes Luthor’s most loyal employee and defender. But when a major scandal breaks in the news and Lex is called before a Congressional Committee, guess who is about to be offered up as the sacrificial pig?

Preview: Martian Manhunter/Marvin the Martian Special #1

Martian Manhunter/Marvin the Martian Special #1

(W) Steve Orlando, Frank J. Barbiere, Jim Fanning (A) Jerome K. Moore, John Loter (A/CA) Aaron Lopresti
RATED T
In Shops: Jun 14, 2017
SRP: $4.99

Martian Manhunter tries to halt Marvin the Martian’s determination for world domination. J’onn is conflicted with his own Martian identity as he attempts to stop the hapless, determined Marvin from blowing Earth to bits in order to gain a clear view of Venus. And the bonus Looney Tunes backup story features DC characters written by Jim Fanning with art by John Loter!

Review: Martian Manhunter/Marvin the Martian Special #1

MMCoverTwo very different “Last Martians” meet in the Martian Manhunter/Marvin the Martian SpecialThe stately Martian Manhunter wants to protect Earth and its people while the tiny, non-superpowers-having Marvin the Martian wants to blow it up. Steve Orlando and Frank Barbiere craft a story of the battle between hope and cynicism while Aaron Lopresti, Jerome Moore, and Hi-Fi ably and hilariously adapt the cartoon physics of Marvin’s “looney” world to the DC Universe house style.

Martian Manhunter/Marvin the Martian Special works as a story because Orlando and Barbiere take everything that Marvin says seriously via the character of Martian Manhunter, who is honestly the DC Universe’s ultimate straight man thanskThey also make him a total nihilist cynic, who has lost his planet and wants to destroy Earth, who he thinks is a bad little sibling because of wars, diseases, and traffic. The interplay between J’onn’s utter zen and Marvin’s complete chaos creates a lot of the issue’s conflict and comedy beginning with J’onn’s reaction to Marvin’s “form”.

However, shades of grey come to play when the humans that J’onn tries to save immediately turn on him and accuse him of being in cahoots with Marvin. For a moment, he is seduced to watch the world burn with one whiff of Marvin’s firecracker shaped plot device bomb. J’onn takes it easy on Marvin for most of the story because he is still super overjoyed to see another of his kind even though they are super different in abilities and disposition. Martian Manhunter’s physical weakness might be fire, but his real weakness is loneliness. He has to carry the hopes and memories of an entireMMinterior race in his powerful mind, and not even Superman can understand what’s he been through because Mars was destroyed when J’onn was an adult. However, even though he does the angst thing (And Martian rightfully pokes fun at this.), J’onn is one of the noblest DC superheroes, and Orlando, Barbiere, Lopresti, and Moore keep this characteristic at the forefront of the story.

Other than the novelty of seeing various Acme doodads drawn in a semi-photorealistic DC house style, Aaron Lopresti and Jerome Moore provide clean artwork that is easy to follow even when Marvin decides to wreck an entire government warehouse. Some of the explosions seem generic, but Lopresti also delivers on some majestic moments like J’onn bursting through the flames that are supposed to weaken him to defend Earth from Marvin. Even though it doesn’t go into Laura Allred category, Hi-Fi delivers some trippy space thrills like the green on the special gate that Marvin uses to travel to the Earth of the DC Universe.

As an added bonus, Jim Fanning and John Loter do backup story featuring Marvin and J’onn in the Looney Tunes art style. It’s a lighter take on Marvin that the main story, which makes sense based on the art style even though he still wants to destroy the Earth. The plot involves Oreo cookies, or Jonn’s equivalent of kryptonite, and there are even some fun “cameos” from other Looney Tunes characters.

Marvin the Martian/Martian Manhunter hits that sweet spot between serious and silly. Steve Orlando and Frank Barbiere explore the reasons behind Marvin’s cynicism and J’onn’s optimism while delivering a pretty fun superhero-meets-Saturday morning cartoon beat ’em up with a clever twist ending that is something Alan Moore would do. They also make Marvin legtimately evil. And Aaron Lopresti and Jerome Moore get the biggest laughs for drawing his tiny self in the DC house style

Story: Steve Orlando and Frank Barbiere Pencils: Aaron Lopresti Inks: Jerome Moore Colors: Hi-Fi
Backup Story: Jim Fanning Backup Art: John Loter

Story: 8.5  Art: 7.5 Overall: 8.0  Recommendation: Buy

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Early Preview: Martian Manhunter/Marvin the Martian Special #1

Martian Manhunter/Marvin the Martian Special #1

Written by: Frank Barbiere, Steve Orlando
Art by: Jerome K. Moore, Aaron Lopresti
Backup Art by: John Loter
Backup Written by: Jim Fanning
Cover by: Aaron Lopresti
Variant cover by: Stephen DeStefano
U.S. Price: $4.99
On Sale Date: June 14, 2017

Martian Manhunter tries to halt Marvin the Martian’s determination for world domination. J’onn is conflicted with his own Martian identity as he attempts to stop the hapless, determined Marvin from blowing Earth to bits in order to gain a clear view of Venus. And the bonus Looney Tunes backup story features DC characters written by Jim Fanning with art by John Loter!