Ever since Hanna-Barbera penned the new deal to let DC play in their sandbox there have been a bunch of random, odd, crossover specials, just as there was with Looney Toons before this. It’s not a bad thing, but it’s usually weird. Some of the crossovers have used iterations of the Hanna-Barbera character that are appearing in their own reboot series, Like Johnny Quest and Space Ghost from the Future Quest series. Others, like the duo of Dynomutt and Blue Falcon, are standalone reboots on their own. I’m actually a bit curious to see if this version of Blue Falcon will show up in the pages of Future Quest Presents at some point. He’s a bit dark, but would otherwise potentially fit in well.
But, back to the story at hand. After a brief Dynomutt origin prelude, the main story starts in Big City, 25 miles upstate from Gotham. The Clark family are attending an open casket funeral and young Jon steps outside to clear his head. Naturally, Robin is lurking in a tree nearby to drag him away from the grownups’ boredom. Again, as usual, Superboy is hesitant until a near-dead Dynomutt arrives to ask for help. The kids take him back to Blue Falcon’s lair, where the AI systems there begin repairs and starts to explain that Blue Falcon as gone rogue, trying to kill his four-legged friend.
The pair track down Blue Falcon, who is under the control of his old nemisis the Red Vulture (whose slightly creepy origin we also get a glimpse at). A battle ensues, yadda-yadda, Blue Falcon is killed, Superboy starts to understand funerals, the whole thing ends with Dynomutt bringing his old friend back from the dead, using the same tech that Falcon used to bring him back and the dark cycle of these characters starts anew.
If it wasn’t for the fact that these crossovers are far from cannon in either character’s timelines, this would read as a perfect backdoor pilot story for Blue Falcon. Maybe it still will be in some way, we can only wait and see.
Peter J. Tomasi’s story was solid, although the best part of Superboy and Robin is the banter that happens and there was less of it here. Fernando Pasarin had some great art, there are a few aspects of it that I personally dislike, but overall it worked incredibly well.
I’m a bit torn about this whole issue, and really it rides on where they plan to go with the Dynomutt and Blue Falcon characters. They have set up the potential for a really deep and interesting pair of characters here. But how do you reconcile presenting a really tight origin take, yet have it in a completely separate universe from what future tale would be most likely to exist in? Maybe they just don’t, and this remains a stand-alone special, but that seems like a wasted story to me.
I have to give this a 3 out of 5. In a different context, I would likely give higher. But the future of it, or lack thereof, nags at my brain too much at this point.