Sunday, May 28, 2017
Review: FUTURE QUEST #2
DC COMICS – @DCComics
[This review was originally posted on Patreon.]
STORY: Jeff Parker – @JeffParker
ARTISTS: Evan “Doc” Shaner – @DocShaner (p. 1-13); Ron Randall (p. 20-27); Jonathan Case (p. 19-22)
COLORS: Jordie Bellaire – @whoajordie
LETTERS: ALW Studios' Dave Lanphear
COVER: Evan “Doc” Shaner
VARIANT COVERS: Jill Thompson
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (September 2016)
Rated “T” for “Teen”
Part Two: “Visitors from Beyond”
Future Quest is one of four comic books produced by DC Comics that re-imagine and re-interpret classic television series and characters created by American animation studio, Hanna-Barbera. Future Quest brings the stars of Hanna-Barbera's action, sci-fi, and superhero TV series together. That includes “Jonny Quest,” “Space Ghost,” “The Herculoids,” “Birdman,” “Frankenstein Jr.,” “The Galaxy Trio,” “The Impossibles,” and “Mightor.”
Future Quest is written by Jeff Parker; primarily drawn by Evan “Doc” Shaner; colored by Jordie Bellaire; and lettered by Dave Lanphear. So far, the main focus of Future Quest is the cast of “Jonny Quest” (referred to as “Team Quest”): Jonny Quest; his adopted brother, Hadji; his father, Dr. Benton Quest; family bodyguard, Race Bannon; and, of course, Jonny's dog, Bandit.
Future Quest #2 (“Visitors from Beyond”) opens with the cast of “The Herculoids” and “Space Ghost” fighting the Omnikron, some kind of reality-devouring entity. Back on Earth, “Team Quest” and their new friend, Ty, find an “alien” visitor. Now, they have to protect the visitor and themselves from the forces of longtime Quest nemesis, Dr. Zin.
I was initially cynical about DC's Hanna-Barbera comics, and I still am about the other three. However, I am in total love with Future Quest. Jeff Parker is doing some of the best storytelling ever done for Hanna-Barbera's sci-fi and superhero characters. Hell, it might be the best. When people talk about wanting more comic books that are fun to read, Parker's ears must burn because they are talking about his comics, especially Future Quest.
Parker's partner-in-crime (against mediocre comic books) is Evan “Doc” Shaner. His drawing style is clean, recalling animation art and the cool and slick flair of John Romita, Sr. Shaner's Future Quest compositions are wide open, and that perfectly captures the youthful enthusiasm and sense of adventure that permeates classic “Johnny Quest.” It is telling that Ron Randall and Jonathan Case, the artists who draw the second half of Future Quest #2 and who are fine artists themselves, take their graphical cues from Shaner. “Doc” is the boss.
In my review of Future Quest #1, I wondered if future issues of Future Quest could be as good – long term – as I thought the first issue was. Future Quest #2 is as good. I can't imagine this series falling apart form here, but then, the Cleveland Cavaliers are the 2015-16 NBA Champions and not the Golden State Warriors.
Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"
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