Writer: Tom King
Artist: Lee Weeks
Colors: Lovern Kindzierski
Elmer Fudd has come to Gotham, and he’s hunting wabbits.
The whole joke of Batman/Elmer Fudd seems to be to do a classic film noir murder mystery, but with Looney Toons characters. To this end, Elmer fudd has come to Gotham to kill a gangster known as Bugs, who he believed killed his beloved Silver St. Cloud, but Bugs says he was hired by Bruce Wayne. The plot thickens as Fudd visits hard places with hard people and walks down empty streets as rain pours down on him and his narration reveals the heart of a broken man with nothing to lose.
The joke doesn’t outstay its welcome, even if it is kind of a one-trick pony. The action works surprisingly well when Fudd and Batman finally do meet, with a strong sense of movement and weight behind it, and in the more classic noir trope scenes, Week’s art does a good job of making the characters seem pained and tired by it all, letting the absurdity of that being placed on humanoid Looney Toons do most of the heavy lifting for the humor.
Tom King’s straight-faced overly dramatic dialogue and narration is honestly a better fit here for comedy than it is as serious drama Batman. As someone who’s more often than not frustrated by King’s writing, it’s nice to see it used to good comedic effect here.
The back-up story is more classic absurdist cartoony Looney Toons fare, with Bugs convincing Elmer Fudd that it’s actually bat season, not rabbit season. This second story got me to laugh more, probably because while the concept of the main story is funny, it doesn’t have much in the way of actual jokes.
Overall, Batman/Elmer Fudd works as a joke at the expense of noir films and Batman by way of Looney Toons. It’s not laugh out loud funny, but it’s amusing.
Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.