I’m not sure exactly what I was expecting with the Lex Luthor/Porky Pig special, but it sure wasn’t what we got. Of the two stories in the issue, the second, by Fanning, Loter and Lopez, is quick and funny and light. Beyond stating that it made me smile, there isn’t a lot to say.
But the lead story? Wow.
Russell, Walker and Hennessy turn in a remarkably dark tale to open this book, and one with an awful lot of resonance with the current corporate world.
Porky Pig plays a naïve and trusting character, an everyman who gets drawn in and manipulated by the shady 1%ers. Luthor is joined by Dr Sivana and Professor Ivo in his evil deeds, but these villains are made to resemble current entrepreneurs like Martin Shkreli and Elon Musk.
Porky’s tale is interesting and engaging, a path to destruction that one cannot help but follow, while hoping for Porky to find a way out. I was genuinely surprised at the bleak conclusion to the tale, but it was all the more powerful for not taking an easy way out.
Out of all the DC/Looney Tunes specials that were released this week, I would say the Catwoman/Sylvester and Tweety one is the best, but the Lex Luthor/Porky Pig special runs a very close second, and the lead story is the one that really stayed with me after I read it.