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Dastardly & Muttley (2017-) #1

Have you ever gone to a movie and left going,”What did I just watch?” It’s not that you didn’t enjoy it, it probably had a stellar cast (with extra cool cameos), most likely it was a genre parody, and you really wanted to love it. But, “What did I just watch? Also, why is this even a thing?” Then the inexplicable sequel comes out, and you go watch that, more out of morbid curiousity than anything.

That’s sort of how I felt after reading Dastardly & Muttley. These have always been a couple of my favorite Hanna-Barbera characters. I always cheered for them to win the Wacky Races cartoon, and even with the drastic re-design for the post-apocalyptic reboot Wacky Raceland, I found them the be the most compelling characters in the series...

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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...

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Scooby Apocalypse #16

Scooby Apocalypse #15 finally revealed to us where all the zombified mutants were marching, and it wasn’t good. Scrappy-Doo discovered the army combining into a single giant monster, at which point we are promised a story called “Attack of the Giant Thingee!” (but they promised a better title). Issue #16 is instead “The Sacrifice.” I liked the other title better.

Scrappy-Doo is still watching the Giant Thingee (because I now insist on it calling it that) from a farmhouse roof, when the Scooby Gang show up following Scooby (whose canine senses have been picking up the signal controlling the mutants). Scrappy confronts the group in a surprisingly peaceable manner, but they are interrupted when the Thingee starts to stand.

I’ll skim past the details of the confrontation, and touch ...

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Scooby Apocalypse #15

Scooby Apocalypse #15 drops us straight into the action of a shocking confrontation we’ve all been waiting for (or so they tell us), as Scrappy-Doo’s pack of dogs encircle Scooby-Doo, whom they have been hunting for numerous issues. Before they can really do anything, however, they get called away by Scrappy, who has his own problems.

Scrappy, Velma, and Daphne have turned from enemies to unwilling allies, as the monster horde they were all following suddenly woke from a zombie-like stupor and attacked the group...

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Batman/Elmer Fudd #1

Writer: Tom King
Artist: Lee Weeks
Colors: Lovern Kindzierski
Publisher: DC

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...

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