Future Quest Presents #1

As I was reading Future Quest’s amazing 12 issue story arc that brought together some of Hanna-Barbera’s greatest adventuring characters to save the earth, I mused, “What will they do next?” The answer, apparently, was to simply end the series and relaunch the follow up series Future Quest Presents.

The first story arc (and I hope this will be an arc in a series, not an unannounced mini-series that they will just cut and relaunch over and over) revolves around Space Ghost and his young protégés.  Issue #1 also includes The Herculoids, with at least Igoo continuing with the adventure for issue #2.

Writer Jeff Parker picks up at an undetermined time after he closed out his initial Future Quest story. Space Ghost is once again fighting space evil while his trainees, Jan and Jace (and Blip the Monkey), continue their education. In an attempt to recover more of the rare element used to energize the Space Force power bands, the group travel to Amzot, home of The Herculoids. As they descend into the caverns below, we find that there are others already living there, and they aren’t fans of the Space Force.

I enjoyed Jeff Parker’s story throughout Future Quest, so I’m thrilled to see him return here. Something bugged me about Ariel Olivetti’s art, but it wasn’t long before I realized that it wasn’t precisely his art that bothered me. It was actually A Larger World Studio’s speech balloons and lettering. Olivetti’s digital art is beautiful but, since it is essentially “painted” not “drawn,” there is almost no visible line work, so the hard lines of the balloons and fx stand out like cheap emoji stickers on a great photograph.

I loved Future Quest, and was sad that it ended, so I’m excited for Future Quest Presents to carry on the story. This one easily gets a strong 4 out of 5 for me, as I wait eagerly for the next issue.

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