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Review: Harley Quinn/Gossamer 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!

Harley Quinn/Gossamer Special #1 is by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Pier Brito, Paul Mounts, Dave Sharpe, Joe Quinones, Sholly Fisch, Dave Alvarez, and Saida Temofonte.

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Preview: Harley Quinn/Gossamer #1

Harley Quinn/Gossamer #1

(W) Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner, Sholly Fisch (A) Pier Brito, David Alvarez (CA) Amanda Conner
In Shops: Aug 29, 2018
SRP: $4.99

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?

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: The Jetsons #6

The Jetsons #6

Story: Jimmy Palmiotti
Art: Pier Brito
Color: Paul Mounts
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Cover: Amanda Conner, Paul Mounts
Variant Cover: Ryan Sook
Little Dipper: Joey Cavalieri
Group Editor: Marie Javins
Assistant Editor: Michael McCalister
In Shops: Apr 04, 2018
SRP: $3.99

It’s the end of the world! Or is it something more that no one could foresee? George Jetson makes the ultimate sacrifice for his family and for the planet Earth. Jane and the kids see something they never expected to see happening before their eyes!

Preview: The Jetsons #5

The Jetsons #5

Story: Jimmy Palmiotti Art: Pier Brito
Color: Alex Sinclair Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Cover: Amanda Conner, Paul Mounts Variant Cover: Sanford Greene, Paul Mounts
This Crazy Thing: Joey Cavalieri Group Editor: Marie Javins Assistant Editor: Michael McCalister
In Shops: Mar 07, 2018
SRP: $3.99

It’s the last 48 hours of the planet Earth, as death will soon come hurtling from above. Only George Jetson and his new partner are in a position to make the ultimate sacrifice by heading off-world to stop the Jacob meteor in its deadly path!

Preview: The Jetsons #4

The Jetsons #4

(W) Jimmy Palmiotti (A) Pier Brito (CA) Amanda Conner
In Shops: Feb 07, 2018
SRP: $3.99

George and his family know the end is coming as the rest of the planet finds out the same news. Jane leads an attack on an alien life-form, while George is offered a way off the planet, but at a cost.

Exclusive Preview: The Jetsons #3

The Jetsons #3

Written by: Jimmy Palmiotti
Art by: Pier Brito
Cover by: Amanda Conner
Variant cover by: Michael Wm. Kaluta
U.S. Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: January 3, 2018

It’s the end of the future as we know it, but even amid challenges, the Jetsons find time to grow closer during “The Small Moments.”

Preview: The Jetsons #2

The Jetsons #2

(W) Jimmy Palmiotti (A) Pier Brito (CA) Amanda Conner
RATED T
In Shops: Dec 06, 2017
SRP: $3.99

Technology has made life in the future a lot easier-or has it? In this issue, George is attacked by robotic repair lizards while Judy works to decipher her recorded dreams on a tight deadline. Even Elroy’s childhood is disrupted by tech when the ground starts to give way during a playdate. And Jane already had the weight of the world on her shoulders-but learning she has to actually save the world while managing her family is even worse!

Preview: The Jetsons #1

The Jetsons #1

(W) Jimmy Palmiotti (A) Pier Brito (CA) Amanda Conner
In Shops: Nov 01, 2017
SRP: $3.99

Meet George Jetson, a family man living an analog life in a digital world. His wife, Jane, is a brilliant NASA scientist working off-world at a conference, his daughter Judy is a social butterfly trying to discover her calling, and his boy Elroy is either doing homework or using robotic technology to break the rules. Strangest of all, George’s mother has downloaded herself into Rosie the robot! Join this postmodern family as doom rockets toward them from the outer reaches of the galaxy on a crash course of destruction!

Review: The Jetsons #1

In their reboot of the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon The Jetsonswriter Jimmy Palmiotti, artist Pier Brito, and colorist Alex Sinclair add philosophical and post-apocalyptic elements and expose the dark underbelly of the family sitcom flying car utopia. George, Jane, Judy, and Elroy Jetson plus their grandmother/robot maid Rosie seem to have the average overworked, on-edge, sci-fi equivalent of an upper middle class life, but Palmiotti and Brito make this comic far from a breezy, funny read. Judy doesn’t appear in the comic much, but Elroy’s plot line is centered around taking dangerous risks and returning to a contaminated Earth to find a piece of memorabilia for his dad’s birthday. While this is going on, Jane deals with a threat that could destroy life on all the space stations and has to find a solution for this problem in a world where all weapons are banned.

The dark, philosophical highlight of The Jetsons #1 is George and his mom having an intense discussion about the nature of humanity and reality over a laidback breakfast of bacon that isn’t actually bacon. I love how it starts as banal small talk and ends with his mom and him really getting know each other in a deep conversation that definitely is influenced by the works of Philip K. Dick, The Matrix, and the metaphysics unit of your local university’s Philosophy 101 course. However, what keeps it fresh is that Palmiotti and Brito ground the conversation in the complex, kind of sort codependent relationship between a mother and son. There is also a big picture discussion about some of the downsides of transhumanism and downloading your consciousness into a computer or robot like being able to experience basic things like showers or food and knowing deep down that it’s just an illusion. Warren Ellis was probably angrily typing during that part of the comic.

However, this scene also shows some of the limitations of Pier Brito’s art work as well as the strength of Alex Sinclair, who has been one of DC’s most consistent colorists for quite some time. Brito frames most of the chat from long or middle distance, which hinders the opportunity for readers to connect to George and Rosie through their eyes or body movements. In fact, the faces and dialogue don’t match up for a lot of comic even though Brito has a distinct design and body type for each Jetson. Palmiotti’s writing is insightful enough to make this less of a problem than it could be, but during a long exposition scene where Jane tells (The reader, basically.) what exactly happened to Earth in the Jetsons universe, it contributes to the story dragging along.

Sinclair’s colors are gorgeous though as he switches gears from  blurry, dystopian Earth to the shadows of Jane’s secret conference that she is presenting at to the flame of possible destruction and a sunny palette that will make viewers of the Jetsons cartoon smile with recognition. Also, taking a page out of Moebius and Jean-Claude Mezieres’ playbook, Pier Brito excels at drawing futuristic vehicles, establishing shots, and his waterlogged Earth rotting with the last remains of civilization reminded me of a minimalist version of the first Valerian and Laureline story. Brito’s bande desinee influences for setting and technology along with Jimmy Palmiotti putting family relationships and philosophical questions at the forefront and disaster movie type hijinks in the background show that The Jetsons has the seed of a dark, sci-fi art comic in it. However, it stumbles at times with poor facial work and long monologues that make it feel like Scooby Apocalypse in space. At times, it seems that Brito is trying hard to be Jim Lee when he could put a unique stamp on the book like Evan Shaner on Future Quest or Mark Russell on Flintstones.

The Jetsons #1 is a fairly smart exploration of utopians and transhumanism through the appealing lens of the family drama genre courtesy of writer Jimmy Palmiotti. Pier Brito’s art is a mixed bag, but colorist Alex Sinclair is more than game for the ideas, influences, and tone shifts slung out throughout this book.

Story: Jimmy Palmiotti Art: Pier Brito Colors: Alex Sinclair
Story: 8.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

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