In this day and age, we have to change what we know about our childhood, otherwise, we are stuck in this weird nostalgic 90s kick that we Millenials have some sort of odd obsession with. For that, I am sorry it’s really not my fault but some how it is. DC has been taking Hanna-Barbera Cartoons and twisting them into new and interesting concepts..and Dastardly and Muttley is the newest to hit the shelves!
Loosely based off the two iconic characters own miniseries Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines from 1969, it tells the story of Dastardly taking on a mission to locate and destroy an air drone named War Pig One. Muttley is in the beginning but he isn’t a dog, he’s a human named Mutt (wait until the end) and Dastardly has taken on a heroic role as Officer in the United States Airforce, how he will evolve into his classic iconic villainess role in future issues is left to be determined. Dastardly and Muttley once they find the drone, they are met with…some very questionable and bizarre issues, I’ll let the book do the talking.
Dastardly & Muttley has a rather interesting start, Garth Ennis is piloting this six issue miniseries (I’ll see myself out) and so far the first issue is entertaining, Dastardly is written aggressively disciplined and more thought out than his archetype villain counterpart and again Dastardly is the hero, seeing how he will progress does make you want to continue reading will he become the villain? Will he become his cheesy archetype villain? We don’t know, but…I hope. As for Muttley, I’ll leave him alone as that is a great situation he is put in.
Mauricets art work is beautiful and amazing to look at, the detail he puts into this series makes it a perfect fit for the story that is being told. Even if you do not enjoy the story, his artwork is enough to make you fly into the book (that was forced) and see how wacky and creative he can get into the pages of Dastardly and Muttley. So yes…his art work is wonderful.
As I sit here thinking of what more to say, the only thing that pops into my head is that the book shows promise and progression into something exciting and new for the legendary villain duo of classic cartoon villainy. If you are looking for something to start reading in the Hanna-Barbera DC Universe, then this title I’d recommend and since Garth Ennis is writing it and Mauricets artwork is strong, it is a win win for everybody!
Garth Ennis and Mauricet have created an entertaining step in the right direction for introducing these two classic characters like they’ve never been told before!