Batman / Elmer Fudd Special #1 Review

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What is this all about?

We return to Crossover Country in the DC/Looney Tunesverse with Batman Elmer Fudd Special #1.  How in the world is this going to work?!?  And how does that wascally wabbit play into all of this?  Pop one of Uncle Joey’s Stars of Death, kick back in your chair, and lets see how deep this rabbit hole goes. Spoilers ahead!

Batman Elmer Fudd #1

The Review

Tom King gets to play around in Looney Gotham.  I wasn’t the greatest fan of Vision, let’s see if my second dose of King tastes better

Opening line:  Sometimes the wain comes down so hawd you forwget you’ve ever been dwy.   You brilliant bastard.  Everything is right in the world.

Right away we know what we are in for.  It’s a dark, rainy night in Gotham, hard-boiled pulp fiction noir stuff….boy, I’m a wordsmith.  Within a page, I spy several clever references to the WB (one of the daily specials at Porky’s Pub is a Thufferin Thucatash). Again, I’m in mashup heaven.

King tells a tale that would fit right at home in the darkest of Gotham’s tomes.  The narrator just happens to have a cleft palate.

Elmer is at the pub to kill Bugs “The Bunny”, a bucktooth lowlife he finds snacking on carrots.  Their calm dialog evokes the banter of Bugs and Elmer toons, cast in real life tone splashed with murder.  The tension is thick.  The Bunny is going to die, and he knows it.Batman Elmer Fudd #1

The bar is filled with a cast of characters revealed to be human incarnations of beloved characters like Tweety and Sylvester, Yosemite Sam, Taz, and others  Several have misshapen heads, though fortunately, Elmer’s skull does not actually fit his hunting cap.  I guess that was one step too far for Lee Weeks, who did some great art on this issue. Even the WB frog gets an appearance, in original frog form no less.

Aside from these bits of silliness, the tale is dark.  Elmer’s love, who had brought him out of this life of crime was brutally murdered by Bugs.  Elmer spares the cretins life when he reveals that none other than billionaire playboy, Bruce Wayne hired him to do the hit! Bruce Wayne, who was also romantically involved with Elmer’s gal.   Yes, Batman was Eskimo Brothers with Elmer Fudd.

My name is Elmer Fudd.   And I’m hunting pwayboys.  Shhhhhhh.

Now, generally, The Truth has a deep understanding and frankly mastery of nearly all topics.  However, it has been revealed that DC has deceived me here.  They marked all of these crossover titles as #1, leading me to believe these were all going to run as a series. That is incorrect.  These are all one-shots!  Therefore, I’m cutting back on the plot summary, and will instead wrap this biotch up.

Elmer goes on to face Bruce, and gets the best of Bats himself!  Elmer Fudd is NOT a man to be trifled with.  In the end, they have to come together to find out what really happened.  I mean, you didn’t really think Bruce would kill a chick, did you?Batman Elmer Fudd #1

The final part of the book again switches to WB style cartoons, and Batman takes the place of Daffy in the “Duck Season, Rabbit Season sketch”.  I bet this was a blast to put together.

Final Words

So far, the highlight of the DC/Looney mashups for me.  Remove the WB references and gags, and this is a dope Batman one-off.  Tom King redeems himself to The Truth with this one.  I’m sure he was losing sleep over it.  If you are only going to get one of this series, you won’t go wrong with this issue.

As hopped up as I was at the start of this, I think this one turned out surprisingly mild. I’m already losing my touch.  Of course, if you did pop one of Joey’s stars, you’re seeing the devil right about now.  Good luck, and God speed **cksucka.


More Info

Reviewed by The Truth
Batman Elmer Fudd Special #1
Written by Tom King

Art by: Lee Weeks, Lovern Kindzierski, Deron Bennett

Published by DC
Release Date: 6/28/17

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