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Review – The Joker and Daffy Duck #1 (DC Comics)

The Joker Daffy Duck Special #1 Cover by Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund
The Joker Daffy Duck Special #1 Cover by Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund
The Joker and Daffy Duck #1
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  • Writing - 9.0/10
    9/10
  • Art - 8.5/10
    8.5/10
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Summary

Writer: Scott Lobdell
Penciller: Brett Booth
Inker: Norm Rapmund
Colorist: Andrew Dalhouse
Letterer: Wes Abbott
Publisher: DC Comics
Maturity Rating: Teen
Release Date: August 29, 2018

The battle for the heart of Gotham has all come down to this! But not really. Have a laugh with this story of the meeting of the world’s angriest duck and the world’s murderiest clown.

 

The Joker and Daffy Duck #1

 

The team-up we didn’t know we wanted is here. In continuation of the pairing of Looney Tunes characters with characters from the DC Universe, this issue features The Joker and Daffy Duck. After failing to place a customer complaint call over the phone, Daffy travels to Gotham to handle it personally. Once in town, he accidentally falls in line with Joker’s crew, taking the place of the lead henchman.

Writing

The Joker Daffy Duck Special #1 Variant Cover by Sanford Greene
The Joker Daffy Duck Special #1 Variant Cover by Sanford Greene

Maybe it was ignorance? Maybe it was lack of creativity? Whatever the excuse, this pairing had never crossed my mind. Scott Lobdell is able to take the best traits of these characters—the traits that display the unhinged natures of both of these beloved characters—and create a fun and believable story for this universe where no one blinks twice at a talking duck.

After unknowingly walking into Joker’s hideout, Daffy, in typical fashion, causes a scene and is brought before the clown prince. Given the initial option of death, Daffy tricks the homicidal jester into a job. As lead henchman, Lobdell shows us why the duck is perfect for the role. From the maniacal laughs, to his knowledge of real estate, to his rigorous workouts of his underlings because he knows that Joker deserves the best. Keeping his signature lisp adds to the fun of the interactions, especially as he barks (quacks?) orders, as well as contributing to the believability.

The only issue with the story is that ending is rushed. Which is understandable when fitting a three-act structure in a single book. It does not subtract from enjoyment but the ending does kind of just happen.

Art

The art on this book was a perfect compliment to the story. The work done by Brett Booth and Andrew Dalhouse is both beautiful and fun. The Gotham city that they have created feels just like home, and the realistic style of Daffy is not jarring. Somehow they are able to make a 3-foot tall duck look non-threating. In fact, it is an interpretation of the character that you could imagine walking down the streets of Gotham. I have also never seen so many clothes on Daffy. Because of this, I’m assuming they live in a world where nudity is frowned upon for all creatures. I’m okay with that rule because his outfits were great; from a bathrobe, to a dad’s Hawaiian shirt, to his lead-hench jersey, his wardrobe was a nice touch.

Overall

If you are just looking for a quick story to pick up this week then The Joker and Daffy Duck #1 is it. Lobdell and the team were able to craft an enjoyable story with limited stakes for the reader. Knowing the characters beforehand is beneficial for the enjoyment of the story. If you have never, at all, heard of either of these characters then I would stay away from this book. I’m not sure if this would have the legs to run a series, but a one-shot every so often would have me collecting each issue.


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Edgar O'Neill-Figueroa

Edgar loves to be entertained. From movies and comic books, to television and video games he endures it all so that he may give you an unsolicited and fairly biased opinion.

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