DC Meets Looney Tunes, Comic Book Review

Various authors and illustrators

DC Meets Looney Tunes. It’s exactly what it sounds like. DC comic book heroes meet Looney Tunes cartoon characters. That may sound absurd or awesome to you and based on that alone is probably going to determine your mindset going in. However, if you were hesitant going in you may have more confidence in the crossover after you’ve read it.

The book is an anthology written in pairs. First a DC style crossover story and then a Looney Tunes style one with the same characters.

The DC stories are strong. The Looney Tunes ones are goofier and sometimes don’t really contribute. But overall it’s one of the better anthologies I’ve ever read.

A few of the pairings made use of the DC/Looney Tunes duality and told different stories within the different styles. However, the book started with two pairings that basically told the exact same story twice and the redundancy was boring. Even if it was funny the first time.

bugs bunny and the legion of superheroes
what’s up doc?

We are given some pairings that make perfect sense. You have Martian the Manhunter from DC paired with Looney Tunes’ Marvin the Martian. And then you have more oddball pairings like Wonder Woman and the Tasmanian Devil but the authors knew what they were doing and make it make sense.

The two stand outs were the cover featured pairing of Batman and Elmer Fudd and my personal favorite of Jonah Hex with Yosemite Sam.

Batman and Elmer Fudd take on a dark noir vision where Looney Tunes characters are all human. Bugs Bunny is a gangster with big front teeth for example. Batman and Fudd are both being taken advantage of by the same dame and it makes for interesting conflict. Fudd’s classic lisp is played up for the narration.

This may be the one that people talk about the most but I was actually more taken with the Jonah Hex story. Yosemite Sam finally strikes gold but he needs protection. Some drama occurs with Jonah Hex being hired as a body guard and Foghorn Leghorn gets into the mix along the way.

Without spoiling what occurs I can tell you that this one has all of the makings of a dark western comedy of errors in the most tragic sense. Basically it’s a Coen Brothers movie.

I always appreciate when authors go way harder than they need to. This could have been a throwaway crossover slapped together to sell a couple issues to a niche crowd but it was way better than that. Honestly, if it had just been the DC stories it could have been a 5 star book.

roadrunner Lobo
meep meep

But the Looney Tunes ones were still fun, maybe should just not be read immediately after the DC ones. It’s hard to switch gears from serious to goofy so many times in one short book.

If you are a fan of either of these conglomerates you should definitely check out this book. It’s far more impressive than it ever needed to be and I praise it for that.

4/5 wascally wabbits 🐰🐰🐰🐰

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