Future Quest #1 (DC Comics)
I can’t explain it, but I’m a big fan of Jonny Quest. I was in elementary school when the relaunched cartoon series started, and I instantly fell in love with the character and his cast. So you can imagine my surprise when DC Comics announced Future Quest a few months back. The first in their new Hannah-Barbera relaunch, Future Quest finds Jonny Quest and his crew teaming up with the Herculoids, Space Ghost, Birdman, and other Hannah-Barbera action heroes. With Jeff Parker and Evan “Doc” Shaner as the creative team, you’d almost think that this comic would be too good to be true. Thankfully that’s not the case.
Future Quest finds Birdman and his partner arriving at the Quest’s newest hideout. But before they can go over the purpose of their meeting, the group is attacked by- no, you now what? I’m not going to tell you any more. This is a comic that’s best enjoyed going in as fresh as you can. All I’ll say is that Jeff Parker absolutely nails the tone of the old school Hannah-Barbera cartoons. His script has a lot of fun making all these characters fit in with one another, and at no time does anyone feel shoehorned in.
On art duties, Evan “Doc” Shaner destroys it. He expertly mirrors the look of these characters and makes them all fit into one universe as well. Shaner delivers some killer work here, but the highlight is the book’s opening sequence. Those pages are extremely impressive, with a feel that is both epic and completely in line with the giant scale that this kind of series demands.
If you’re looking to scratch that nostalgia itch, I can’t think of a better comic to grab than Future Quest. Hell, even if you have no background with any of these characters this book is a fun read. Future Quest is so impressive that I’m amazed that Warner Bros hasn’t commissioned Parker and Shaner to turn it into a cartoon series. Maybe if you all buy it, we’ll get one.