This week, DC Comics has released a new collection of Hanna-Barbera one shots, focusing on iconic DC heroes and updated versions of classic cartoon characters. Priced at $4.99 a pop, there are four books available, each 48-pages in length and each including one main story and one back-up strip.
Here’s a rundown…
- Deathstroke/Yogi Bear #1 – First up, Deathstroke/Yogi Bear #1 sees Deathstroke cross paths with Jellystone Park’s most cunning pic-nic basket stealing menace, Yogi Bear. The story is written by Frank Tieri, with art by Mark Texeira and while it’s a fairly serviceable tale it’s not all that exciting.
If you have a thing for either Deathstroke or Yogi you may want to pick this up, but if not then maybe save your money. The book isn’t bad, it’s just not very exciting and is a just a simple comic book tale – nothing more.
In addition to the main story, Deathstroke/Yogi Bear includes the first chapter in a four-part back-up strip which runs across all the books in the series. The back-up strip is written by J.M. DeMatteis and focuses on Secret Squirrel.
As with the core story, the back-up tale is also only OK, neither adding to the book nor detracting from it. The back up tale starts here and runs across the next three books and doesn’t really get any more exciting I’m afraid.
- Green Lantern/Huckleberry Hound #1 – Written by Mark Russell and featuring art from Rick Leonardi, Green Lantern/Huckleberry Hound is a great book and once again is another shining example of Mark Russell’s ability to apply classic characters to contemporary issues (see The Flintstones, Lex Luthor/Porky Pig etc). OK, so the book is set during the 1970s, but trust me, read the story, think about what’s going on in the world right now and you’ll see what I mean when I say “contemporary issues”.
Green Lantern/Huckleberry Hound #1 is a great book and my top pick of all these one shots. If you’re going to purchase one of these comics, then this is the one to go for.
Nightwing/Magilla Gorilla #1 – Written by Heath Corson, with art by Tom Grummett, Nightwing/Magilla Gorilla #1 is a murder mystery tale with a lot of heart. The story sees Magilla Gorilla framed for murder, with only Nightwing fighting his corner.
Nightwing/Magilla Gorilla is the book I was less interested in picking up out of the four titles, but it turned out to be one of the best of the bunch. Enjoyable stuff and worth checking out if you love detective stories, or tales about humanoid gorillas.
- Superman/Top Cat #1 – And finally, Superman/Top Cat #1 by Dan Didio and Shane Davis is a great way to round-off this series of one shots. It’s a fun little sci-fi story, which benefits from humorous elements brought in by the addition of TC.
It’s nothing new, but it’s fun and moves at a quick pace. Plus, who doesn’t want to see Superman and Top Cat team up?
So, there we have it. Green Lantern/Huckleberry Hound is at the top of the pile, but both Nightwing/Magilla Gorilla and Superman/Top Cat are worth picking up too.
The DC/Hanna-Barbera one shots are available in comic shops and digital stores now.