Bowl over anyone in your way, and get to your local comic book shop to pick up a copy of LOBO / ROAD RUNNER # 1 from DC Comics!
Get the “Road Runner Style” cover pictured above, or the “Lobo Style” cover pictured below, but for “maximum beeping / fragging enjoyment”, get ‘em both as I did!
In the issue, you’ll find two brilliant stories… the 30-page lead rendered (with an emphasis on “Rend!”) in “Lobo Style”, and an 8-page backup illustrated in “Road Runner Style”, not unlike the dual covers. Happily, both styles work well for the characters involved and, in particular, HOW they are portrayed in each story!
“Fast and Fraggy-ous” (written by Bill Morrison of the Bongo SIMPSONS line of comics and drawn by arguably the best BATMAN artist of the nineties, Kelley Jones, who so exaggerated the Dark Knight’s “cowl ears” and cape to amazing proportions) begins in the Nevada Desert, 1949.
…Not-so-coincidentally, the year of the first Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote cartoon - “Fast and Furry-ous”, written by Michael Maltese and directed by Chuck Jones.
Nice reference to Fred ("Tex") Avery, who set the whole “Bugs Bunny / Elmer Fudd Hunting Thing” in sublime motion in the 1940 cartoon, “A Wild Hare”.
A random COYOTE is shot with tranquilizer, along with a desert bird, a rabbit, and others. The unfortunate fauna are transported to a heretofore unknown early, “Area 52” version of “ACME LABS”, where they are injected with Alien DNA obtained from the legendary 1947 “Roswell Aliens” in a bizarre experiment that, by all rights, SHOULD have created Pinky and The Brain. Alas, the gene-spliced lab mice are nowhere to be seen in this comic. …Talk about an opportunity wasted. ...Probably some licensing consideration, or sumpthin’.
|"Pinky, are you LICENSING what I'm LICENSING?"|
These experiments result in the creation of (what would be in “Our Comic Book Reality” – and from left to right) Bugs Bunny, The Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote, The Tasmanian Devil (?), and Sylvester!
|I tawt I taw a PUDDY TAT!|
Meet Wile E. Coyote - DC Earth version! All's well, for a while...
THEN THEY ALL ESCAPE!
Don’t know what happens to the others, but our apparently immortal, DNA enhanced Coyote spends the next 67 (!) years fruitlessly trying to catch the equally immortal Road Runner!
Here’s a wonderful montage of their escapades by the decade! (Click to Enlarge!) Love the Batman reference in 1966! ...Let alone "Health Care" for 2009!
By 2017, the Coyote is finally recaptured, and returned to Area 52...
…Until he is freed by a most unexpected ally!
Sam and Ralph! Isn’t that MAGNIFICENT?!
Moving things along, the Coyote escapes with Sam’s help and ends up encountering LOBO. Lobo takes the job of fragging the Road Runner, while the Coyote reluctantly agrees to take Lobo’s current hit-man assignment.
No further spoilers, but hilarity ensues. HOW COULD IT NOT?
In our second story, both written AND drawn by Bill Morrison, Lobo believes that he’s satisfied his contractual obligation for this book… until Bugs Bunny, as a Warner Bros. Entertainment Lawyer, informs him that he must still complete eight more pages!
And so, in a reversal of the scenario that drives the Chuck Jones cartoon “Hare-Breadth Hurry” (1963), Lobo must again catch the Road Runner… but, this time, in strict Looney Tunes fashion.
Hilarity, once again, ensues!
LOBO / ROAD RUNNER is one of a series of June, 2016 releases that combines DC Comics characters with classic Looney Tunes, in some very inventive ways! Those that I've read thus far are highly recommended!
This is a GREAT comic, folks! If you’re a Road Runner fan. If you’re a Lobo fan. A fan of both. Or, even if you’re a fan of neither… it’s a fraggin’ barrel of beepin’ laughs!