When I first started writing for Geek-o-Rama I had a schtick. I opened all my reviews with “I have a confession to make”. It seemed like a fun idea to stand out, until it wasn’t. Well here we go again:
I have a confession to make. I really really really expected to hate this, and I am happy to say I was wrong.
Scott Lobdell’s story (brilliantly titled “Why Tho Theriouth”) was spot on. His Joker fell along the lines of Mark Hamil’s characterization, which is probably my favorite Joker. His Daffy hit all the right beats going from happy, to exasperated, to deadpan, to rage, and in the course of one page flipped my whole outlook on what I was getting into. By writing Daffy’s telltale lisp, Lobdell is able to use it as the running gag it should be.
Andrew Dalhouse’s colors worked well throughout, but the opening Joker pages really popped for me. Most of Brett Booth’s art was also really great, but I’m torn on his Daffy. On the one hand, it genuinely worked. On the other hand, I hate that he had to give him the Howard the Duck treatment in order to make it work.
It’s a one-shot, with a backup story, so the story moves at that breakneck pace that a good Looney Tunes story should move at, with basically everything past page 4 being kinda spoiler-esque.
The second story, “Silence of the Lame” was closer to what I thought I wanted when this hit my desk. But after being so entertained by the first story this one felt lacking. Taking place in a more cartoonish Gotham (but not full on Batman Adventures cartoonish), Joey Cavalieri manages to write a story packed full of gags, and ending on a perfectly ridiculous ending. Meanwhile, Luciano Vecchio’s art was the perfect blend of the source material for this tale.
If you are looking for a dark, brooding, Batman story you’re going to be disappointed. If you’re looking for a fun, Looney, romp through Gotham, you’ll love it.
I’m still a bit surprised to see myself say this, but I’m giving this 4 out of 5.