Wacky Raceland #1
Writer: Ken Pontac
Artist: Leonardo Manco
The latest Hanna-Barbera related title from DC is a post-apocalyptic reinterpretation of Wacky Races, which was a cartoon I was never a fan of, so I had no expectations going in. Let’s just say it goes a bit too much in the Mad Max direction and is quite forcibly PC.
To be quite honest, this issue would’ve read smoother had it been structured in a more linear fashion. Leonardo Manco’s art is rather good, but isn’t enough to save a debut issue that is a bit of a mess and doesn’t give readers a reason to come back for a second helping.
Red Hood/Arsenal #13
Writer: Scott Lobdell
Artist: Joe Bennett
The New 52 finale of Red Hood/Arsenal isn’t the deepest of reads, but I did find myself enjoying it. As the cover implies, the duo goes their separate ways as their ideologies clash for one last time. Although two men share the title, it’s Jason Todd who steals the show, which isn’t surprising as Scott Lobdell has guided the character for the past several years and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
A cool Brave and the Bold style backup story is also included that chronicles the first meeting between Jason and Roy Harper back when they were Robin and Speedy, respectively. I really dug how it looked like something from yesteryear and could almost hear hot jazz music during their adventure.
Earth 2: Society #13
Writer: Dan Abnett
Artist: Federico Dallocchio
Just how many books does Dan Abnett write these days?
Well, I must admit the man handles ensembles pretty well as I did enjoy the camaraderie among the heroes in one sweet reimagining of the Justice Society. Earth 2 books have come a long way since Spring 2012 and have built a refreshing mythology that has deservedly gained a cult following.
As Fury attempts to unite the planet, a plan is formed to restore the new world to the glory of the previous. Unfortunately, a classic DC villain has plans to the contrary. I’m personally interested to see how one of his subordinates will clash with Dick Grayson/Batman.
Get on board now because I sense the next defining Earth 2 arc is in progress.
Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion #6
Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Jack Herbert
Not surprisingly, Tom Taylor ended this mini-series on a high note with what felt like the most grandiose finale in a Green Lantern story in some time. It was inspiring to see the Corps power on to prevent Ausras and Dismas from entering their universe even when they thought it would be curtains for themselves. Jack Herbert captures an insane amount of action in many of the panels and proved he deserves to stand among the high profile artists who worked on the preceding issues.
The story ends with a bit of mystery to it and I’m guessing next month’s Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps is where you will want to go to continue this thread. My only misgiving is that this should have shipped before Rebirth kicked off because we already know which Lanterns survive.
Constantine: The Hellblazer #13
Writers: Ming Doyle & James Tynion IV
Artist: Eryk Donovan
Man, even with his best laid plans John Constantine still can’t catch a break. On the plus side, he’s as brash and cocky as ever, which should bring a smile to the face of any fan of the character. James Tynion IV has been on a bit of a hot streak lately, so it’s no surprise the character was so sharply written. And although I haven’t read too many works by Ming Doyle in my day, I must also tip my hat to her as she was the co-writer.
Eryk Donovan’s artwork brings a sort of indie feel to the book and I questioned if it was the best fit for Constantine, but I can’t really complain because he brought a unique feel.
Despite this being The New 52 finale, I really feel as though anyone can pick this up and enjoy it. Even if you have a casual understanding of the character, you can jump right in.
Scooby-Doo! Where Are You? #70
In their latest outing, the gang pulls a 21 Jump Street as they investigate the mystery of a giant hamster monster at a local high school. Thankfully, it hearkened back to the older Scooby-Doo cartoons where the villains had a rational explanation behind them instead of being actual monsters. I’m well aware that mythology evolves, but that’s just the route I prefer.
On that note, two supplemental stories are offered, one of which enforces the SD trope that real estate gain is a villain’s motivation.
Regardless of your age, this is a fun alternative if the latest comics reimagining Hanna-Barbera cartoons aren’t your cup of tea.