Of the two stories in the Joker/Daffy Duck special, I have to admit I prefer the second one, so far as the tale itself is concerned. But kudos to the lead story for some really beautiful art.
Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund do such a good job illustrating the main tale that I enjoyed reading it, even though I didn’t find Scott Lobdell’s story very funny, nor very intense. It’s not a bad story, in conception, with Daffy Duck helping the Joker build a hideout. Daffy doesn’t realize how dangerous the Joker is until towards the end of the story, and then hopes to find a way to stop him without getting killed himself.
As I wrote that, I realized what is “wrong” with the tale. There is nothing notably Daffy Duck about it. Many characters could have played the role he does in the overall story. But as I said, it looks fantastic, and makes for an easy read anyway.
But I did wind up preferring the brief back-up tale, by Joey Cavalieri and Luciano Vecchio. It’s far more silly, with Daffy Duck leading a psychiatric group in Arkham Asylum, convinced that the person imprisoned for being the Joker only thinks that he is the Joker. The absurdity of the situation lend itself to comedy very easily, and a genuinely surprising, and extremely silly, twist ends the story very well.
This isn’t the best of the Looney Tunes/DC books this week, but it’s certainly worth a look.