I’m one of those readers who doesn’t know a lot about Hanna Barbera, so Future Quest has a been a real treat when new characters are introduced. It has a consistent main story, but each issue seems to have a few shorter stories near the end to mix things up. Issue #5 introduces some new characters, but is it good?
Future Quest #5 (DC Comics)
So what’s it about? The DC summary reads:
Team Quest is dealt a serious blow at the hands of FEAR just as Omnikron starts rebuilding itself on Earth-out of anything living that comes too close! Inter-Nation’s Deva Sumadi takes charge and splits the group up to go recruit more forces to take on the alien supercreature. It’s time to go on tour with The Impossibles and meet the biggest fighting force in the world, Frankenstein, Jr.!
Why does this book matter?
Writer Jeff Parker has seamlessly introduced new heroes as time and space are being displaced, bringing all sorts of characters together. The book has an all ages feel, but brings plenty of fun that anyone can enjoy.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
Last issue Mi-Tor was introduced, a caveman superhero who has a big stick that has incredible power. Readers are paid off with a bit of a backstory of the character here, but also a big surprise for one of the kids in the group. The cliffhanger does well to up the ante but also gives the story a new flair of superheroics. Consistently good is the F.E.A.R. agency of bad guys who continue to have that bumbling henchmen look and feel. Dinosaur fans will certainly dig this too as the dinos are a major threat for the heroes.
Jeff Parker writes this entire issue, which contains a backup with The Impossibles, a superhero team made up of actors in a TV show. There’s a full backstory for the characters, which surprisingly makes sense. In order to hide your superpowers tell everyone it’s just CGI you use in your TV show. Parker introduces a new member to the team in a clean way and it all ends with a dastardly villain to throw a wrench in the mix too.
Evan Shaner draws the main story with art by Craig Rousseau in the backup and both do a good job. Shaner keeps the sometimes multiple characters per panel clean and never jumbled. Rousseau’s art has a cartoony feel that suits the age of the characters and the somewhat goofy premise.
It can’t be perfect can it?
The main story suffers a bit due to the length of the backup as not a whole lot happens. That’s in part due to the flashback of Mi-Tor, but given we’re on issue #5 and the main story hasn’t progressed much at all, I have to imagine readers are getting a little frustrated with its progress.
Is It Good?
The backup which reveals a new set of heroes steals the show with a fun and clever premise for their strategy to keep their powers under wraps. If you’re looking for an all ages adventure book you can’t do much better than this.