Last summer, DC Comics released six comic book one-shots, which re-imagined classic Looney Tunes characters for a new generation of the readers. The books – a sort of mash-up of DC and WB – were released over the course of three weeks and were fairly well received by readers.
Tomorrow, DC is releasing a trade paperback which collects together all six issues in one handy tome. The book – priced at $19.99 – is available from all good comic stores (and bad ones too).
Back in July, I gave an overview of each issue for the Honcho-SFX blog. During my round-up, I discussed the merits of all the mash-ups and pointed out the books which worked the best (see below).
Here’s a snippet of my thoughts on each issue:
- Wonder Woman/Tasmanian Devil – “A book to buy!”
“Should DC ever decide to incorporate the Looney Tunes into the DC Universe on a regular basis, this book proves that Taz could move across effortlessly.”
- Martian Manhunter/Marvin the Martian – “Pairing up the two Martians makes perfect sense.“
“There’s drama and a genuinely strong narrative here, with only a few dashes of subtle humour to remind readers it’s a Looney Tunes book.”
- Legion of Superheroes/Bugs Bunny – “Neither bad nor particularly good.”
“Legion of Superheroes/Bugs Bunny is easy to read and fine for younger readers, but with Bugs as the main draw here, the book should have been much better and it’s a bit of a misstep all round.”
- Lobo/Road Runner – “Nothing terrible, it’s just nothing amazing.”
“The saving grace of this book is the back-up strip, which is a short burst of fun.”
- Batman/Elmer Fudd – “The pinnacle of the DC/Looney Tunes mash-ups – the book to end all books.”
“Not only is the main strip a clever, well thought out detective tale, but the back-up strip is a hoot too!”
- Jonah Hex/Yosemite Sam – “A good ol’ fashioned cowboy story.”
“If you love Hex or old school cowboy comics/movies, then this is a comic worth picking up. Good stuff!”
Of the six books presented last year, four worked really well. As such, the trade paperback, DC Meets Looney Tunes, which will be on shelves in the morning, is recommended – especially if you’ve still not read Batman/Elmer Fudd!