Heavens to Murgatroyd! If you’re a fan of the reimagined Hanna-Barbera comic book universe, then the next big DC Comics crossover is the stuff of long-ago Saturday Morning dreams.
This spring, the Annuals for the Hanna-Barbera DC titles — Future Quest, The Flintstones, Wacky Raceland and Scooby Apocalypse — will feature team-ups with some of the biggest stars in the DCU. Some of the pairings are natural fits, others are offbeat, to say the least. Here’s a breakdown of each team-up:
Adam Strange/Future Quest Annual #1, written by Marc Andreyko and Jeff Parker with Steve Lieber handling the art. After the Death of Hawkman mini, Adam Strange will be sent hurtling through multiple dimensions, eventually landing on Earth. It will be up to Jonny Quest, Hadji, his father Benton Quest and Race Bannon to figure out a way to get Strange home.
Booster Gold/The Flintstones Annual #1, written by Mark Russell with art by Rick Leonardi and Scott Hanna, will find Booster meeting the modern stone-age family when he travels back in time. A race of reptilian aliens is attacking Earth in the 25th century, and the key to saving the future lies in the prehistoric past. Booster needs to convince Fred and Barney to help him find a way to stop the alien invaders.
Green Lantern/Space Ghost Annual #1, from writers James Tynion IV and Chris Sebela, plus artist Ariel Olivetti, is the crossover tale that makes the most sense, given the two characters space-spanning abilities. They wind up trapped together due to a rift in time. And in between fighting each other, they have to find a way to survive without their power ring and power bands.
Suicide Squad/Banana Splits Annual #1 by writer Tony Bedard and artist Ben Caldwell, will pair up Task Force X with the amusement park-loving furry animal rock band. Fleegle, Bingo, Drooper and Snorky wind up bagged, tagged and tossed in Belle Reve, and at the mercy of Amanda Waller. What does she do? Sends them out to save the Suicide Squad! Tra La La, Tra La La La…
The Annuals go on sale March 29, 2017. An added bonus is that each Annual will feature special backup stories that preview the next wave of titles in the Hanna-Barbera imprint.
Characters featured in the backups include Top Cat (written by DC Co-Publisher Dan DiDio), The Jetsons (written by Harley Quinn superstar duo Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner), Ruff and Reddy (art and words by Howard Chaykin) and Snagglepuss (written by Mark Russell, art by Dale Eaglesham).
The revamped HB universe, with its more adult narratives and modern art stylings, has been a surprise hit with fans and critics since its debut. Turning Hanna-Barbera icons such as Scooby-Doo, Fred and Barney and Jonny Quest into present-day comic book heroes seemed like an idea sparked by someone spiking the punch at a DC licensing retreat. Instead, the HB comics have provided refreshing takes on these beloved characters.
Check out the covers to each Annual in the gallery. Then hit the comments and tell us which Hanna-Barbera Annual you're looking forward to reading the most!