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Saturday, 1 July 2017

Top Of The Pile: Batman/Elmer Fudd #1


DC Comics has been knocking it out the park with frightening regularity recently when it comes to unexpected crossover events.

Its latest wave of wacky team-ups sees established DC superheroes sparring with characters from Looney Tunes (for instance, the other week Bug Bunny travelled to the future and met the Legion of Super-Heroes), but the jewel in the crown has been the showdown between Batman and Elmer Fudd.

Penned by current ace Batman scribe Tom King, this a gritty hardboiled crime comic of the finest kind.

Bounty hunter Elmer Fudd comes to Gotham on the trail of sleazy gunsel Bugs "The Bunny", who he has a personal beef with as he believes Bugs iced his dame, Silver St Cloud.

Catching up with Bugs in Porky's bar - a venue overflowing with Looney Tunes Easter eggs -  Fudd learns that Bugs was actually hired by none other than Bruce Wayne.

The shotgun-bearing hunter tracks down billionaire Wayne, determined to end him, and this puts him on a collision course with Batman.

King brings a dry wit, and a true crime ear, to this story that actually maintains the Batman mythos verisimilitude in a way that makes me think it, and most crucially Porky's bar, could actually  exist in the mainstream DC Universe.

I also got that feeling from the earlier Martian Manhunter pairing with Marvin The Martian (Marvin could be J'onn J'onzz's Bat-Mite or Mr Myxlplyx).

From start to finish, the plot of Batman/Elmer Fudd is classic noir (right down to its twist, and downbeat resolution), with cinematic shadowing in the art of Lee Weeks and colours of Lovern Kindzierski that accentuate the story's genre feel.

By taking his subject matter (which is, of course, preposterous) seriously, King has delivered another enduring Batman story, that deserves its place in the canon.

8 comments:

  1. That was "interesting"... thank you for posting this, good Sir...

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    1. I was really surprised by just how good this was; guess I shouldn't have doubted Tom King!

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    2. Thank you again for the Joker post it and some comments at Spore.com have really lifted our spirits... Happy Canada Day...

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    3. Happy Canada Day to you , too, sir :-)

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  2. I will have to check this one out. I love the art already.

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  3. Now I've seen everything. $4.99 is a bit much, though.

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    1. But then all comic book prices are steep when you take a cold, hard look at it. I'm okay with the $4.99 price tag for a one-off. I certainly wouldn't contemplate a series at this price.

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