Comic Review: Future Quest #1 (DC Comics) – Hanna-Barbera’s Heroes Crossover

It’s like reliving all your favorite Saturday Morning cartoons again. I grew up on reruns of Jonny Quest and Hanna-Barbera’s World of Super Adventure.  These were not the “PC” cartoons […]

It’s like reliving all your favorite Saturday Morning cartoons again.

I grew up on reruns of Jonny Quest and Hanna-Barbera’s World of Super Adventure.  These were not the “PC” cartoons that we got later on in life. Villains got shot, blew up, and just plain killed.  None of this knocking them around stuff. It was great. These were action cartoons that didn’t pander to a younger audience.

Jonny Quest was a half-hour cartoon while the World of Super Adventure was a series of shorts.  Space Ghost. Birdman. The Herculoids. Really awesome stuff. But the heroes never crossed over with each other (Well, Space Ghost and Herculoids did in the 1981 series Space Stars). At least until now.

Written by  Jeff Parker and drawn by Evan “Doc” Shaner, the series focuses on the Quest family (Jonny, Hadji, Doctor Quest, and bodyguard Race Bannon) at their compound in the Florida Everglades.Doctor Quest finds vortexes opening around the world, he contacts the government, who sends their best agent, Ray Randal to investigate. In an attempt to control the vortexes, Doctor Quest’s arch-enemy, Dr. Zin, launches an attack on the Quest compound. The problem is, familiar looking beings are starting to come through the vortexes, not knowing who is good and who is evil.

Future Quest just hits the ground running and doesn’t stop. The only issue I really had is while I’m familiar with these characters, what about the reader that’s not? Mind you, this is only the first issue, so I hope there is some explanation to the readers who all these characters are.

Parker has these characters nailed down pat. I’m not sure how much research he did, but he nailed them. And Shaner art is nice, crisp, and clean. Really compliments the story here.

My personal favorite that Steve Rude, of Nexus fame, drew 7 of the pages himself. That’s the icing on the cake for me.

I’m hooked and can’t wait to see what the next issue holds.

As an added bonus to this review, check out below for the opening sequences for Jonny Quest and Hanna-Barbera’s World of Super Adventure. If that doesn’t get you more excited for Future Quest, then nothing will!

Brian Isaacs - Executive Editor / Publisher

About Brian Isaacs - Executive Editor / Publisher

An avid comic collector/reader for over 40 years and self-proclaimed professor of comicology, Brian original started up the site Pendragon's Post to share his voice. Well that voice has been shared, and evolved into The Fanboy Factor. Brian is an advocate for remembering comic roots, and that we don't forget what was created in the past, and encourage everyone to read it as well. When not swimming in geek culture, he can be seen corrupting..introducing his young son to comics, much to his wife's chagrin.