A trio of entertaining stories with antic artwork composes this issue of Looney Tunes. The pieces focus on Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Foghorn Leghorn and his nemesis, the Dawg.
In the first tale, Sholly Fisch casts Daffy Duck as a Crocodile Hunter type naturalist who hosts a television show. He’s aided of course by Porky Pig, and ala’ Duck Dodgers and Dripalon Daffy, the cowardly mallard attempts to foist Porky into danger, only to end up hoisted by karma.
Fisch breaks the story down into quick, fast and, for Daffy, painful episodes that allow Neal Sternecky to break out a can of slapstick and sight gags that include an increase in gauze and bandages after each new feral encounter. Colorist Dave Tanguay evokes the African environs with an emphasis on warm reds and organges.
While the comedy is mostly visual, Fisch adds nuances to the dialogue that create a civilized contrast that thicken the potency of the gags. Fisch's final conception, where it seems Daffy cannot possibly fail, neatly shatters reality and evinces an appreciation of the absurd.
Frank Strom introduces a contest of Barnyard Champions with Foghorn and the Dawg competing to be Colonel Slanders’ spokesman. The duels between these old enemies function on fresh material that becomes absolutely riotous toward the end.
Pablo Zamboni and Horacio Ottolini during these stories evoke the models of Foggy and the Dawg. Their attention to cartoon expression must be applauded, especially during the final scene, and they craft an interesting looking catalyst that as far as I know is an original idea.
The final tale by Strom centers on Porky Pig cast as a struggling writer. At the same time, a gorilla is on the loose, and he may be targeting the porcine prose-minded.
This is a very odd story that’s somewhat similar to screwball shorts of live action comedy teams and vaudeville skits. It works well however thanks to the comic timing and the excellent artwork by Dave Alvarez and Mike Decarlo.
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