If you ask me, Future Quest has managed to cull together a lot of the Hanna-Barbera characters in a clean way, which in hindsight wasn’t easy to pull off. The latest issue is out this week and continues to reap the benefits of all that hard work to get these characters into one series–is it good?
Future Quest #8 (DC Comics)
So what’s it about? The summary reads:
The time of reckoning is here—Omnikron, the interstellar destroyer, has come to Earth! The Impossibles race to help a barely living Space Ghost, while Mightor and Birdman battle the massive entity—and the scientists who understand it are trapped in the secret base of F.E.A.R. As the heroes face a force beyond anything the world has seen, the kids they left safely behind hatch a bold plan…
Why does this book matter?
Ariel Olivetti draws this entire issue–that’s right, no backup in this one–and he has a digital painting style that’s out of this world. He creates images that are a touch closer to real life due to the great colors and use of textures. If you’re on the fence about this one just flip through it and you’ll see what I mean.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
Olivetti’s art is stupendous in this one. The monster looks gross out good and Mightor and Birdman couldn’t look more realistic. The muscles under their clothes pop just enough to look realistic, the colors of their skin and the panels they are in are realistic as all heck. This book is downright gorgeous, and makes the fantastical feel that much more real.
The general plot of this issue is good too, with Jeff Parker delivering a fun and action packed affair. Given how many characters are in this series it’s a bit of a labor to get them all in without the pace being thrown off or the story being forced, but this issue does well to bring them into the story. Essentially there’s a monster that can portal around Earth and this creates the ability of heroes fighting from wildly different locations. This portal the monster travels through ends up being a great delivery of a new set of characters. I know right, Parker once again introduces a new set of Hanna-Barbera characters! At this rate he’s going to have a universe as big as DC all existing in a single issue. All in all the story offers lots of action with some new revelations too. It’s quite fun.
It can’t be perfect can it?
Actions that take place at F.E.A.R. base aren’t quite as entertaining mostly because the villain is a bit hokey and villainous in a stereotypical sort of way. They go on and on about their plans, what they’ll do, and set themselves up for failure due to their big mouth. The revelation to end this story at least gives these scenes purpose, though I didn’t care all that much. It doesn’t help lots of exciting blockbuster action was taking place for the other characters!
Is It Good?
Future Quest #8 is a gorgeously rendered comic with tons of monster action. I continues to be a wonder how Parker can fit so many damn characters into a single series, but he does it and it pays off in this one.