While everyone is now talking about DC’s big event Dark Days: The Forge/Dark Nights: Metal we have me here talking about the DC Comics & Looney Tunes crossover. After the success of the 2015 variant covers of the 2 Warner Bros. properties crossing over, DC decided to finally bring us a crossover we all didn’t know we’ve wanted. There have only been 6 specials out so far and today my job is to inform you on which ones to get.
Keep in mind each comic was split into 2 parts. The first being a traditional comic book (main story) and the second being a comic book stylized as a classic Looney Tunes cartoon (side story). This means I will be giving out individual scores to the main and side stories. We are going to countdown from the least good to the most good. Now, time to begin.
6. MARTIAN MANHUNTER/MARVIN THE MARTIAN
🖊Steve Orlando & Frank Barber🖊
For something that seemed like an instant crossover this comic was clearly the worst out of the six. The set-up was very well done, the idea in which these characters meet is very well, but then it becomes boring. Martian Manhunter was never a good standalone character, even in the team books he is just a boring Superman, but I am always open for the character to finally get me on his hype train. Sadly, this comic didn’t do it. Martian Manhunter falls under the impression that no one knows what to do with him exactly. Each writer tries to make him his own, make him original, but by the end of the day DC ignores the changes implemented.
Steve Orlando & Frank Barber tried giving the hero a story arc, but it never felt satisfying since despite making sense it never felt belonging to J’onn J’onzz. I don’t expect a crossover with Looney Tunes to be something to move the character forward, but it actually did the opposite. The person who does manage to make me interested is Marvin the Martian, but sadly he falls flat in many of his scenes as well.
Thankfully the Looney-stylized comic book which served as the second portion of the crossover as a standalone story felt much more fun. It didn’t try to tell a linear tale as the previous one did, but more of a casual one just like the old Looney Tunes. It didn’t try to make Martian Manhunter something he was not instead, it played with his established yet limited lore. This ends up being a much more unpredictable. A much better take on the story than the previous one with nice art. The ending was also neat. While the part 1 gets a 2.5/5 this one gets a 3.5/5.
5. LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES/BUGS BUNNY
Tom Grummet & Scott Hanna
Although I never really cared about a crossover between these 2 specifics, it was nicely structured. It was actually an homage to the classic comics during the Golden/Silver Age of writing. That alone made it a captivating factor, it even made fun of the writing I too find very silly although at some points the story became a bit too self-aware. Don’t get me wrong, the self-awareness worked, but it started to rub off once it was being overdone. Too much “angst”.
A side note that had little to do with the quality of the comic, but more with quality of the comic industry is this issue really made me realize how short comics are nowadays. Back in the classical ages each comic was split into multiple chapters (usually 3). Each chapter was pretty lengthy. To keep true to the homage of the Golden Age Humphries decided he wanted to also feature 3 chapters within an issue and I gotta say each of them was very short. Chapter 2 only lasted for three pages. Just an observation I made. I will let you make your own assumptions.
🖊Juan Manuel Ortiz🖊
Then we have the second part of the comic which is basically the same as the first part, just a different version. I don’t understand why they did it like that, but despite being much shorter it was the better one out of the two. I will let you expierience this one on your own if you’re interested. Sam Humphries’ part deserves 3.5/5 while Ortiz’s interpretation also deserves a 3.5/5.
4. WONDER WOMAN/TAZMANIAN DEVIL
Call me impressed, this issue was very good. The way Tony Bedard found a way to introduce the Tazmanian Devil into Wonder Woman’s mythos made all fit perfectly. Other than the villain everything came out naturally. The story genuinely felt like a Wonder Woman comic so I believe this writer accomplished what he was looking for. I’m surprised I don’t see him writing much of other comics although his name sounds familiar. A highlight of the story was definetly when Diana and the Tazmanian Devil meet.
Then we had the 2nd part of the comic which remained being written by Bedard. Instead of being another standalone story or a repeat of the one in part 1 this one was a sequel. It takes time right after the first one, but there’s a twist! It’s a musical!!! The story in this part isn’t the strongest, but it makes everything very fun to read. This part I recommend reading (or should I say singing) out loud. Both stories get a 3.75/5.
3. LOBO/ROAD RUNNER
I really believe from this moment on are the comics you must get! First off, this opens in a way you would never expect it to open in, in a good way. Takes a bit for it to pick up, but once it gets going the story really becomes a must read. It tries to be traditionally modern. It creates its own story which stays true to both worlds. In the image above you see the Road Runner troll Lobo. What more can you ask for? Since this is so high on my list, I will keep this part spoiler free.
This time Bill Morrison writes and draws also keeping it a sequel to the first part of the comic and it is everything you loved about the first part and so much more. Not only does Bill Morrison deliver on the tongue and cheek writing, but also on the brilliant continuation of the chemistry between all the characters. By the end, the punch line really has its effect. Another one I do not want to spoil. You just NEED to read by all means if you want to have a laugh. I couldn’t help, but to smile through the entirety of the entire part. The first part gets a 4/5 and the 2nd part gets a 4.5/5.
2. JONAH HEX/YOSEMITE SAM
What can I say? I am a sucker for Westerns and when a Western combines 2 of the coolest cowboys of all time there is nothing more to love. Palmiotti creates a story that plays out like a beautiful movie with perfect sense of time as to when he will introduce which story part. He is also able to convey meaningful scenes while the characters have all a purposeful meaning. It’s tough to tell which out of the the 3 main characters impressed me the most as opposed to the ones below this one on the list. If you’re a fan of good adventures this is meant for you.
As for the second part? Although the art or the story aren’t as good as in the previous tale this one also continues the continuity. It is a fun short story, but clearly not as captivating to its counterpart or the other shorter stories in the series. The main story gets a 4.5/5 while the side story gets a 3.5/5.
1. BATMAN/ELMER FUDD
The greatest story to come out of this crossover is written by Tom King, one of my favorite modern writers who managed to recently screw up Batman in his solo title. But here he’s amazing! Maybe because most of the issue focuses on Elmer Fudd. Who knew Elmer Fudd would be outshining Batman? I never did, but this is the Tom King I was waiting for to comeback and he definetly delivered.
I was a bit annoyed by the development of one female character, because of how out of character she was (which is King’s problem sometimes), but given how everything played out I am willing to forgive it. After this I am happy to say I want an Elmer Fudd standalone. Even though I don’t think it deserves an Eisner Award like one friend of mine suggested, I see how one would believe so. Although, given recently how many crappy comics have been getting the Eisner nominations this would definetly deserve it.
As for the 2nd part of the story? It was by far the best one I have read. This side story deserves to have zero spoilers given away. If you are a fan of good comedy, and who isn’t, this is a must. The main story gets a 4.75/5 and the 2nd part gets a 4.5. If you have to pick up one out of all these comics, pick this one. I cannot recommend this enough.
If we combine the scores of the main stories from each issue the score is 77% while the side stories gain 78%. This means that together the side stories were better than the majors. Overall, this brings the score of the DC Universe and Looney Tunes crossover to 77.5%. This is a good score. My favorite part about the series was how they managed to make the Looney Tunes characters feel like they were part of the universe. As for my future wishlist I would love to see Green Lantern & Green Arrow/Duffy the Duck and Joker/Bugs Bunny. And with that my ladies and gentlemen leads us to end things.