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DASTARDLY & MUTTLEY #1 (OF 6) - An I Reads You Review


WRITER: Garth Ennis

ART: Mauricet

COLORS: John Kalisz

LETTERS: Rob Steen

COVER: Mauricet


32pp, Color, $1.99 U.S. (November 2017)

Rated “T+” for “Teen Plus”

Chapter 1: “And I Guess That's Why They Call it the Blues”

“Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines” was a Saturday morning cartoon series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions for CBS.  The series originally aired from September 13, 1969 to January 3, 1970.  “Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines” focused on Dick Dastardly, a pilot and a villain, and his canine sidekick, Muttley, who were part of the Vulture Squadron.  Each episode depicted an attempt by Dastardly and the squadron to catch Yankee Doodle Pigeon, a carrier pigeon who carried secret messages.

DC Comics has been reinventing and re-imagining classic Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning cartoons in new comic book series since early 2016, which has yielded The Flintstones with an edgy twist and “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?” with an apocalyptic twist, Scooby Apocalypse.  “Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines” get the DC Comics reboot treatment with the new DC Comics miniseries, Dastardly and Muttley.  It is written by Garth Ennis; drawn by Mauricet; colored by John Kalisz; and lettered by Rob Steen.

Dastardly and Muttley #1 (“And I Guess That's Why They Call it the Blues”) opens with seeming nuclear apocalypse in the country of Unliklistan via the rare element, “Unstabilium 239.”  Five days later, a United States Air Force reconnaissance flight is over Unliklistan.  Lt. Col. R. Atcherly and Capt. D. Muller expect the unexpected, but sometimes the unexpected is absolutely unimaginable.

Dastardly and Muttley #1 is merely a first issue, but as first issues go, it is surreal and instantly grabbing.  Considering Garth Ennis' imagination and inventiveness, we never know what to expect even when we think we do know what to expect.  Artist Mauricet is up to the task of balancing the realism with the wacky, cartoonish surrealism that we can certainly expect.

I don't have to say much because Ennis is always worth a second look, and the anticipation of the art and graphics Mauricet will offer makes the second issue of Dastardly and Muttley a must-have.


8 out of 10

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"

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