DC Announces A Slate Of New Hanna-Barbera Titles, Including ‘Scooby-Doo Apocalypse’ And Parker And Shaner’s ‘Space Ghost’
Listen, I gotta tell you about this dream I had last night. It was so weird; DC had launched a line of comics based on Hanna-Barbera cartoons, but they were doing these completely bonkers takes on all of them. Like, Scooby-Doo was set in the apocalypse and Scooby had a techno-monocle that allowed him to communicate through emojis, and Wacky Races was mashed up with Mad Max: Fury Road, and they even got one of the designers from the movie for it, and there was a big crossover with Space Ghost and Jonny Quest. And the weirdest thing of all was that the Flintstones were just the Flintstones, but drawn by Amanda Conner. Bizarre, right?
Wait a second... I'm just catching up on the news, and --- holy cats. It wasn't a dream. DC Comics is actually doing a Hanna-Barbera line with post-apocalyptic Wacky Races and emoji-monocle Scooby-Doo. This is actually happening.
The announcement was made to Entertainment Weekly, with DC co-publisher Dan DiDio tweeting out the creative teams for the four new books:
- Scooby Apocalypse, by Jim Lee, Keith Giffen and Howard Porter
- Wacky Race Land, by Mark Sexton (one of the designers for Fury Road) and Ken Pontac
- Meet the Flintstones, with designs by Amanda Conner and story by Mark Russell
- Future Quest, a crossover between action characters like Space Ghost, Jonny Quest and the Herculoids, by Jeff Parker, Doc Shaner, and Jordie Bellaire
For the record "Wacky Races meets Fury Road but it's still Wacky Races" is maybe the best premise I've seen in years. Long live Imperator Pitstop.
It's worth noting that this is by no means the first time that DC has tapped these characters. Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? is, believe it or not, currently their longest-running title at 65 issues. There have even been similar attempts to update the characters, like the 2005 Space Ghost miniseries by Joe Kelly and Ariel Olivetti.
This, however, is certainly the first time that they've launched it as a line with all-new takes from some of the biggest names in comics. The Hanna-Barbera titles are scheduled for a release in May.
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