Wacky Raceland #2
Comic Review by Paul Fiander
Written by Ken Pontac
Art by Leonardo Manco
Colored by Mariana Sanzone
Cover by Leonardo Manco
Published by DC Comics
Of all the Hannah and Barbera series DC has released this is by far the furthest departure from the source material. With a post apocalyptic setting complete with a hostile surface and foes that make your blood curdle Wacky Raceland is certainly cutting its own path. Then when you add the aggressive character designs and stylised art it really is a series to take notice of. With this in mind if you are expecting a wacky tale then this may not be the story for you as it gets rather dark.
The reason for this is the issues focus on Dick Dastardly although a rather severe looking Mutley does not get much panel time.Gone are the disastrous plans to defeat his opponents replaced by a cold hearted egomaniac who’s only concern is to his own survival and of course winning. Throughout the story we get this shown to us and Ken Pontac does a great job of making this rather bizarre bunch of characters more gritty and less likable.
The narrative time jumps from pre and post the apocalypse but stays centred on events going on in San Francisco on both accounts.The panel layouts thankfully are very reader friendly and there should be no worry in keeping up with when you are on the timeline. This is a huge plus as the frenetic panels devoted to the racing whizz by. They are filled with banter and varied panel designs giving artist Leonardo Marco a difficult storytelling task that he is more than capable of living up to.
The art has a shift between the past and the present with characters involved and the tones used. It is however one close up of Dick’s eyes that tell the greatest story and even though it only has six words of dialogue it still sets up the Dick character perfectly. This fits in with the eclectic panel design throughout the issue making for a somewhat Wacky reading experience.
Wacky Raceland is not cute and cuddly, it’s a hard look at a race in a horrible vision for the future. This may take it out of many readers comfort zone but in my mind that’s a great thing as the creators are trying something different and from this issue it is certainly paying off.
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