"Jest the Two of Us"
Dan Slott returns to the animated books with a new countenance on a classic Warner Brothers duel between Bugs and Daffy. Pismo Beach plays a part in this comedy of errors, and the humor becomes decidedly adult as Daffy attempts to oust Bugs when he appears to be engaging in one of his classic ruses. The punch line is a killer.
Artist David Alvarez with the concise inks of Mike DeCarlo fills the panels with wild takes and scenes of unimpressed audiences as well as mallard disbelief to make Slott's script even zippier. The colors by Dave Tanguay offer a wide array of visual enlightenment and especially become important as the setup for the penultimate joke on Daffy.
Brian Swerlin in "Cat Wash" reminds readers of the nasty nature in a certain Tweety-Bird. Sylvester did nothing to the feathered fiend, and yet Tweety exacts slapstick mayhem on the hapless feline--much to the delight of readers. The imaginative use of water makes this story a clean winner. The unfortunately named Pablo Zamboni and inker Rob Torreiro provide the slapstick method of cleanliness.
In the final story, Frank Strom unleashes his first joke in the title. He focuses on one of Daffy's lesser personas, and humorously and smartly conjectures comedy from the persona's persona. Surprisingly, the tale lacks the cartoony violence for which the WB is famous--"Acme! A name you can trust!"--and gets by on concept and Walter Carzon's expression illustration alone. Torriero again provides a precision point to a peaceful yet nonetheless manic Daffy Duck story.
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