Looney Tunes #237 –
Duck Dodgers and the Reboot of the 24th & 1/2 Century
Written by Derek Fridolfs
Art by Dave Alvarez
Letters by Saida Temofonte
Mars Needs Chickens
Written by Jess Leon McCann
Pencils by Walter Carzon Inks by Ruben Torrerio
Letters by Travis Lanham Colors by David Tanguay
Blow Foghorn Blow
Writer Sam Agro
Pencils by Leo Batic Inks by Horacio Ottolini
Letters by Nick J. Napolitano Colors by David Tanguay
Ever since we talked to illustrator Robert Pope about working on Looney Tunes comics at Tidewater Comicon a couple of weeks ago, I started to wonder. Why has it been so long since I read a Looney Tunes comic? I practically lived off of the cartoons growing up and, let’s be honest, pretty much every time they came on Cartoon Network or Boomerang. So this week I’m taking a trip to the 24th and a half century to the pages of Looney Tunes #237.
Like any good Looney Tunes cartoon, we get three different stories in this comic. In the first, Duck Dodgers finds himself in a very unfamiliar situation and isn’t very happy about it. The mission heads beyond Planet X to Planet Y, where (as you may suspect) not everything goes as planned. There’s even a clever jab at the end to round it out. In the second story, Foghorn Leghorn has a hot date, but it takes him way farther than he had ever expected. Now he’s under the gun and trading romance for mentor…in a way. The third story also involves Foghorn, his nemesis and another character that die-hard Looney Tunes fans will remember. The dog is trying to keep the chickens safe while Foghorn just wants to rest. Problem is, it’s hard to nap when the alarm keeps going off.
While it’s hard to translate the cartoons themselves to the page, these stories are definitely enjoyable. The jokes aren’t quite as plentiful per story, and part of the fun is in the motions themselves, but overall all three stories were a fun read. The best part was the art, which was spot on for every characters. What I love is this gives us something new, but maintains that classic feel that someone like me remembers from childhood. If you’re looking for something different, and are feeling a bit nostalgic, this will definitely put a smile on your face.
RATING: PICK UP