Monday, November 23, 2020

Review of "Dastardly & Muttley #2," comic

 Review of

Dastardly & Muttley #2, comic

Five out of five stars

Wacky indeed, just like the races

 Dick Dastardly and his sidekick Muttley first appeared in the cartoon series “Wacky Races” where they constantly engaged in schemes to cheat in order to win. Which was unfortunate for their side, for had they played it square, they likely would have won many times. As it was, their schemes always failed, and they never won. The two characters appeared in subsequent animated features where they filled various roles. One of which had them acting as the pilots of warplanes.

 This comic takes the weirdness of the characters and their situations even further. Both are pilots in a military context and while Muttley has the face of a dog, he has the body of a human. This issue opens with Muttley carrying Dastardly in an attempt to break him out of a military detention facility. They have been captured  by the guards when another man shows up with a bizarre weapon that shoots a large hole in humans without otherwise damaging them.

They appear to be in Germany, the waitress speaks Germanized English and fits the stereotype of the German maiden. There is some kind of jolly-juice releasing drone plane. It flies over a killer shark and turns it into a smiling creature from a Disney movie. There is a lot of incongruity in this comic, since it is the second issue, one would expect some of the context to have been established in the first one.

 After reading this comic, I emerged amused and confused. Yet, I do have a desire to read additional issues as it was entertaining.

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