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Looney Tunes #175

Posted: Monday, June 15, 2009
By: Andre Lamar

Sam Agro, Frank Strom, & Neal Sternecky
Leo Batic, David Alvarez, Horacio Ottolini, Sternecky & DeCarlo
DC Comics
Sylvester, Pepe Le Pew, Henery Hawk, and Wile Coyote share four separate stories in this issue. In the first story Sylvester’s dreams of catching a large rat are answered, once Hippety Hopper escapes from a delivery truck. The second story features Pepe Le Pew surfing the web and hosting a VousTube (YouTube) marathon of some unique videos. Story three introduces Coyote’s plot to capture the Road Runner and Marvin the Martian abducting the crafty wolf. The final short gathers the tough but confused bird, Henry Hawk, as he searches for a chicken dinner.

Collectively the four short narratives feel too familiar, as if they’re former episodes of the Looney Tunes that I’ve already watched. Sam Agro’s plot to trap a character in a sewer by placing a blanket over it has been done before. Not to mention, Agro’s scheme to capture Road Runner with a gigantic rocket doesn’t offer any new tactics from the wolf either. On the other hand the book did have it’s bright spots. Marvin the Martian’s analysis of Wile’s brain will offer a huge laugh. The Martian lashed out at the size of humans' small brains and said, “They’re mental midgets! Morons! Simpletons!” Most notably Sam Agro’s short for Pepe Le Pew is the main highlight in this issue. First of all Agro’s parody of YouTube with VousTube is clever. Agro’s parody of the rock band Ok Go “Here it Goes Again” music video was highly clever. In the video Bugs Bunny and company hop from treadmill to treadmill in an attempt to recreate the YouTube classic.

Leo Bactic and the art staff are precise in reflecting the character designs of the original Looney Tunes cartoon. Everything from Road Runner’s cloud of dust to the tall knot on Sylvester’s head look authentic. David Tanguay’s coloring adds a high sense of resolution to the characters and environments, allowing the Tunes to artistically compete with other visually appealing comics.

Sadly, this issue is very limited in introducing new concepts. Although fans of the Looney Tunes won’t find this issue entertaining, younger unfamiliar readers with the Acme crew may feel otherwise.



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