Holy cow -- DC is revamping a bunch of HB properties for comics with top creators (including Jim Lee, Amanda Palmer and Darwyn Cooke!). I'll pass on the Scooby book (nothing's gonna beat Scooby Doo Team-Up), but I've got a lot of faith in the Flintstones and Future Quest teams. And a Fury Road-style Wacky Races? Whatever news I was expecting today, it wasn't this.
I'll give Flintstones, Future Quest and Space Ghost a try.
I loved Space Ghost as a kid, until I figured out what I liked was Alex Toth!
I dunno. To me, the neo-Flintstones look ridiculous. I mean, even for the Flintstones. But DC's done good things with Scooby, as you say, I've always wanted to see someone do something with the Herculoids, and the Wacky Races could really be hilarious, though I cannot determine if that will be in ways DC intends.
Didn't Hanna Barbera say somewhere that Space Ghost and the Jetsons existed in the same universe? That's going to lead to some odd crossovers.
Jeff, Space Ghost is one of the stars of Future Quest, from what I can tell. I don't think he's getting his own book.
Cap, Toth's the best thing about Space Ghost from my perspective, too -- but Shaner's the sort of artist you can really see carrying on his legacy -- he's a guy who uses bold shapes with less crosshatching than a lot of today's artists.
JD, The new Flintstones look a bit odd to me, too. But I like Connor's art, and expect it to grow on me -- and Mark Russell has written some excellent satire in Prez, so I think the property's in good hands. And if not? Well, its not like I'd ever be buying a traditionally handled Flintstones book anyway.
Ron -- there's plenty of outlandish team-ups already in Scooby-Doo Team-Up...one of my favorite books of the year! I even nominated it for a couple Cappies, I love it so much. In the most recent issue, the gang teams up with Aquaman. They've teamed up with Harley Quinn, the Phantom Stranger, The Jetsons, Secret Squirrel, Wonder Woman, and more. Every issue is a gem.,
I watched that Jonny Quest/Tom & Jerry cartoon last summer, so I guess Jonny Quest meeting Space Ghost isn't too outlandish. I'd rather see a more "realistic" approach, but I'll give it a try.
I'm hoping the "neo-Flintstones" will be as good as "neo-Archie" has been so far.
I just posted about Flintstones in another thread, but I decided to dig up this thread to post about a book that I haven't seen much chatter about.
Wacky Raceland #1: I think one thing you have to do if you're going to enjoy these books is to remember what you know about the original material. The second thing you have to do is--while remembering what the source material was--know that this is going to have a completely different tone. I really remember very little about this cartoon. It wasn't always on. But I do know that this is different. It's very much a Mad Max version of the cartoon complete with sentient cars and characters that are the jerks that they really would be in a post-apocalyptic world. Even the vehicles are mean. I am not familiar with the writer (Ken Pontac), but I do know the work of Leonardo Manco, and this is what you would have expected from him. It's very gritty and very detailed. These characters are hard-drinking biker gang members. While this one didn't flow as well as Flintstones, it is still very much in the same vein of bringing the goofy cartooniverse into a bit more of "Here's another, completely different, way of looking at the same thing." I liked it, and I'll be back next issue.
And while I'm at it...
Scooby Apocalypse #2: This one is exactly what it should be. It's written by Giffen and DeMatties, and it reads thusly. It's a much more human and somewhat less cartoony version of the characters. I personally find it to be much more entertaining than the source material, but your mileage may vary. I like Scooby's protective nature over Shaggy and his teammates. Daphne and Fred are wonderfully written, and poor Dr. Velma is still trying to convince the rest of the crew that she's not responsible for the monster apocalypse going on around them.
The only book in these four that isn't much different from the original is Future Quest, and man, I'm loving that one so much that I don't care.
These books are exactly what I didn't realize I wanted them to be. Call me a mean-spirited child-hater, a part of the problem that is raping our collective childhoods, or other mean-to-children things that are usually bandied about during discussions like these, but I know that's not what I'm supporting. I'm supporting good stories. The old ones are still there. I like these. I'm sure they won't last all that long, but the way I look at it, I'll take whatever I can get.
Can't afford them at the moment but I don't really mind recycling old characters into new stories. Or maybe it's just that I've gotten used to it. I know the cold reasoning is that these characters are market tested, they have a built in audience and companies like that. Also when I reflect over all of the fanfic I've read over the years this is in a way fanfic with a professional facade and I've never minded fanfic. In the end lets face it, nothing is really safe anymore, no concept, no character, no era that can't be pulled out and reshaped if there is a profit to be had. That's just the way it is. Sometimes it'll produce a good story, sometimes it won't. I have to shudder at what they'll do to Little'st Pet Shop and My Little Pony in 30 or 40 years time though.
I thumbed through The Flintstones and Scooby Apocalypse at the store and put them back on the shelf. Future Quest came home with me and I flat-out love it!
Scooby Apocalypse was interesting, but perhaps not interesting enough to go on buying regularly. I haven't quite decided, but I suspect The Flintstones will go the same way. Wacky Raceland was a disappointment. Future Quest is the only real "home run" of this bunch for me.
I'll give Flintstones another try, with a fresh atty-tude, given the love shown here. I'm with Scooby Apocalypse at least until they get out of the damn bunker, so we can see what the outside world looks like! Wacky Racelands does nothing for me.
But, yeah, Future Quest is a home run. A grand slam, even!
Wacky Racelands didn't work for me, and Scooby Apocalypse was close, but no cigar (if there weren't so many comics out there, I'd probably give it a longer tryout). But I loved Future Quest, and The Flintstones completely sideswiped me -- I wasn't prepared for it to be good in the least, and it knocked me out.