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Preview: Looney Tunes #243

Looney Tunes #243

(W) Ivan Cohen, Brett Koth, Chuck Kim (A) Brian Garvey, Mike DeCarlo, Omar Aranda, Alberto Saichan (A/CA) Scott Gross
In Shops: May 23, 2018
SRP: $2.99

An Old West-style amusement park gets a little too real when visitors Elmer and Daffy get into trouble with park employees – or are they? – Bugs Bunny, Yosemite Sam and the Tasmanian Devil! It’s the “West, Whirled!”

Preview: Looney Tunes #241

Looney Tunes #241

(W) Sholly Fisch, Frank Strom (A) Robert Pope, Scott McRae, Howard Simpson, Mike DeCarlo, David Alvarez (CA) Scott Gross
In Shops: Jan 24, 2018
SRP: $2.99

When Granny brings her pets to the movies, Sylvester sees the darkened theater as the perfect place for his favorite snack: a bucket of hot buttered Tweety!

Preview: Looney Tunes #240

Looney Tunes #240

(W) Sholly Fisch (A/CA) Dave Alvarez
In Shops: Nov 22, 2017
SRP: $2.99

Fresh off their latest caper, Rocky and Mugsy hole up in their secret hideout…when the ever-pushy Charlie Dog shows up in his never-ending search for a home! Will an angry Rocky take the obnoxiously assertive canine for a ride, or will a delighted Mugsy simply take him for a walk?

Preview: Looney Tunes #239

Looney Tunes #239

(W) Ivan Cohen, Frank Strom (A) Robert Pope, Scott McRae, Pablo Zamboni, Horacio Ottolini, David Alvarez, Mike DeCarlo (CA) Dave Alvarez
In Shops: Sep 27, 2017
SRP: $2.99

When Captain Bugs Bunny faces the wrath of Fudd, it’s not only the scwewy wabbit who asks “What’s space opera, Doc?” Will Bugs live long and prosper? And what about Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Pepe Le Pew and the rest of the crew?

Preview: Looney Tunes #238

Looney Tunes #238

(W) Derek Fridolfs, Jesse Leon McCann (A) Walter Carzon, Horacio Ottolini, Mike DeCarlo, Pablo Zamboni, Ruben Torreiro (CA) Derek Fridolfs
In Shops: Jul 26, 2017
SRP: $2.99

Wile E. Coyote’s new Acme universal remote does more than just control his TV. It can slow, pause and speed up anything around it, and might be just the thing he needs to catch the Road Runner once and for all. What could possibly go wrong?

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

Review: Wonder Woman/Tasmanian Devil Special #1

WWTazCoverWonder Woman fights and then teams up with the embodiment of chaos from Down Under, The Tasmanian Devil, in the latest DC/Looney Tunes crossover Wonder Woman/Tasmanian Devil #1. Tony Bedard’s script for the main story starts out serious and then gets kind of adorable as Diana and Taz start to bond. Artists Barry Kitson and John Floyd depict the Labyrinth, various monsters, and Taz’s classic whirling dervish moves with great care while colorist Lovern Kindzierski uses some magical purples for their shared enemy, Circe. But the real highlight of the comic is the Looney Tunes’ hilarious and satirical take on the Trojan War courtesy of Bedard and Flintstones artist Ben Caldwell in the backup story.

However, the main story from Bedard, Kitson, and Floyd is no slouch. It’s a classic mythical quest story meets mismatched buddy comedy. Bedard takes a page out of the Pizza Dog issue of Hawkeye and has Taz communicate his intentions with images and not words except for a really dramatic part of the story. And because Amazons speak hundreds of languages, Diana can speak to him too even though the rest of the world sees him as a dumb, dangerous beast that is to be avoided at all costs. Instead of killing him to get a trophy and beat one of her Amazon training challenges, she negotiates with him and promises him a feast in return for help and takes one of his horns while sleeping. This isn’t the most ethical behavior.

However, Bedard uses the non-linear nature of the plot in Wonder Woman/Tasmanian Devil to show Diana’s development as a woman and a hero. This time she uses her Golden Lasso to promise to give Taz his long awaited feast, and the buddy adventure part of the story begins. Whereas in the past, Diana was more insecure as the only young person on Themiscyra, she is more sure of herself in the present as well as being a better negotiator and warrior too. The journey of Diana and Taz through the labyrinth is the most fun stretch of the story with Kitson using layouts that mimic a maze, and Lovern Kindzierski making the Minotaur as dark as his completely evil heart. Plus there is Taz’s image based “dialogue” that adds some humor to what could just be a mythology influenced adventure yarn. The whole turning to stone plot is very cliched, but it’s pretty fun to see Taz do his tornado thing with a group of trolls, who are working for Circe.

Taz and Diana have a connection because she “stopped” him with music when she faced him as a young woman instead of trying to beat the crap out of him. And, of course, after he has devoured the Amazon’s feast, he wants to hear her sing. And her song is the Looney Tunes’ (plus Wonder Woman) take on the Trojan War courtesy of Bedard and artist Ben Caldwell.

Honestly, I could read a whole single issue of the Trojan War with these characters plus some modern day satire with Elmer Fudd’s Priam standing in for Donald Trump, and Troy for his much-vaunted border wall. (Of course, the Trojan Horse is a pink pinata.) Bedard and Caldwell also poke fun at the gender disparity in classic stories and manage to rhyme “cuckold and duckold” with Daffy Duck putting in an underrated performance as Menelaus. Some of the key players in the Iliad and Odyssey show up, including Odysseus and Achilles, and Bedard’s “casting” is spot-on even if Helen and Paris get most of the panel time. It’s also tied into classic Looney Tunes rivalries like Roadrunner and Wile E. Coyote.

And since the feast in Themiscyra is in Taz’s honor, the traditional Trojan War story takes a bit of a chaotic twist. However, it makes the backup story and the whole Wonder Woman/Tasmanian Devil Special that much endearing as Tony Bedard, Barry Kitson, and company start with the horror of Diana being hunted by Taz and end up in riotous comedy of them feasting and poking fun at the Trojan War.

Story/Backup Story: Tony Bedard Pencils: Barry Kitson
Inks: John Floyd Colors: Lovern Kindzierski
Backup Art: Ben Caldwell

Story: 8.5 Art: 8 Overall: 8.3 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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
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!

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