November 29, 2023

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Comic Review: DC Meets Hanna-Barbera

DC superheroes cross paths with Hanna-Barbera characters. Most of them meetings make sense.

Not that long ago, I read and enjoyed DC Meets Looney Tunes.  It was unexpectedly fun.  I have also enjoyed both trades for DC’s recent Flinstrones series.

So, hey, how about DC Meets Hanna-Barbera?

This was good.  Not as good as the Looney Tunes specials, but good on its own, and most of the meetings make sense.  Booster Gold goes back in time and causes problems in the updated Flintstones setting.  Space Ghost and Green Lantern meet on a planet where a distress call summons both men.  Adam Strange visits the world of the Future Quest series, a book I really liked that combined all the old Hanna-Barbera adventure/superhero cartoons into one setting, and quite frankly, Adam Strange fits very well into that world.

But then there was the last one…the Banana Splits meeting the Suicide Squad!?!  To be fair, even the story itself seems aware it’s a completely ridiculous team-up, and doesn’t even try to explain where the Banana Splits came from or how they could interact with Task Force X.  Plus, Harley Quinn and Killer Croc more or less fit in with those guys anyway.  This was the only one I distinctly remember reading as an individual issue, and it wasn’t bad.  It was weird, but it wasn’t bad.

Additionally, all four of the issues had a short back-up story giving a taste for the next round of re-imagined  Hanna-Barbera series, namely The JetsonsTop CatRuff’n’Ready, and Snagglepuss.  Of the lot of them, the Snagglepuss series looked the most interesting as it recast the purple mountain lion as some sort of Tennessee Williams figure in the 1950s.  I may check that one out.

As for this trade, well, there is another round coming up later, but for this one, let’s say 8 out of 10 moments when Batman meets Top Cat.