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Review: Looney Tunes #242


By Philip Schweier
March 28, 2018 - 04:51

I appreciate comic creators tyring to remain true to the original Looney Tunes, but starting off with the familiar red iris, WB logog and Merrie Melodies logo seems a bit much. The third panel is the title card, and rather small when it could have been larger and more dominant. But that’s just me.

Down for the Count” features Ralph the coyote attempting to steal one (or all) of Sam’s the sheep dog’s lambs. Like the original cartoons, it relies on sight gags and is mostly silent. This could have been painful, but it features only two scenarios of Ralph’s misguided plots. Sam and Ralph are a couple of personal favorites so I appreciate knowing there’s a place for them in the comics.

Daffy Duck and Foghorn Leghorn star in a two-page interlude, followed by a Tweety & Sylvester story that also features Granny, Daffy and the Tasmanian Devil. Of course, it’s all a manipulation by con artiste Daffy, with Sylvester paying for the privilege.

For those of us who grew up on these cartoons, I appreciate the comics remaining true to the roots, with flat areas of color, instead of the excessive shading seen in modern animation. In trying to keep the characters relevant, Warner Brothers Animation has seemingly abandoned its core audience. But the Looney Tunes we know and love are alive and well in these pages.

Rating: 8/10

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