The wait was well worth it when it concerns DC's Hanna-Barbera "revamped" Future Quest series.
Writer Jeff Parker, artist Evan "Doc" Shaner and colorist Jordie Bellaire show us why they work together so frequently. The attention to detail, methodical pace combined with just the right level of intrigue make issue #1 just pop.
When I spoke with Parker and Shaner earlier this month, they teased that the story and art were going to be recognizable for those new to the characters while making the reader fill in some of the blanks. Well, it turns out that these two weren't lying about that.
Parker teased that he would allude to Birdman's Sun God Origins, and that's exactly what happens in this ish. We get a tease of his mythical origins and get just a sampling taste of what he is capable of.
As for Shaner's work, it's so hard reading other books after picking up a book from "Doc." You're hard-pressed to find another artist who has the ability to bring scenes to life tor to add character to each person's facial expressions and specific ticks the way he does. Doc makes it seem so simple, that it's almost hard to look over and dismiss the amazing art he puts out there on each page and with each panel.
Let us not overlook the amazing work Bellaire put out there. I want to compare a black and white sketch DC Comics shared with me next to the finished, colored product.
The art, color and story are as close to perfect as fans of Jonny Quest and crew could possibly expect.
Steve Rude and Dave Lanphear also pitched in on some of the art work, which featured a special thanks to Darwyn Cooke on its insert page. Parker and Shaner told me they didn't plan on reinventing the wheel with these characters -- like some of the other Hanna-Barbera titles -- and that decision couldn't have been a better one.
Bellaire owns each book she's involved in, Shaner's pencils are so freaking clean that the two are a perfect match to bring this spy, adventure and somehow vintage and modern at the same time story to life. The shifts in contrast, colors each time the evil Dr. Zin enter make me feel like a kid, sitting in front of the TV again.
It's got that Hanna-Barbera feel to it with that perfect mix of this impressive creative team's personal touch. We get to see Space Ghost's beautiful, strong, huge chin. It's amazing and Shaner was not joking when he said:
"I love drawing this type of stuff; Space Ghost has a giant chin, just go for it." Also, without spoiling his grand entrance. Here's Jonny, Hadji and their new friend's face when Space Ghost appears (just to tease you even more):
Rating: 9.5/10 In my mind, Future Quest accomplished everything we could have hoped for and then some. Bellaire owns each book she's involved in, Shaner's pencils are so freaking clean that the two are a perfect match to bring this spy, adventure and somehow vintage and modern at the same time story to life. Parker delivers on all cylinders with a perfect, vintage, adventure spy tale.