DC Comics
Review: Looney Tunes #242
By Philip Schweier
Mar 28, 2018 - 4:51

DC Comics
Writer(s): Derek Fridolfs, Barry Liebmann
Artist(s): David Alvarez
Inker(s): Mike DeCarlo
Colourist(s): Digital Chameleon, Dave Tanguay
Letterer(s): Saida Temofonte, John Costanza, Jenna Garcia
Cover Artist(s): Derek Fridolfs, Pamela Lovas



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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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