Dastardly And Muttley #1

Writer: Garth Ennis Artist: Mauricet Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 6, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 18
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It's a red-letter day for the good folk of Unliklistan as they start to power up their first atomic reactor. But after pushing the wrong button, the ultra-rare radioactive element, unstabilium, has been released into the atmosphere! Now it's up to pilot Lt. Col. Richard "Dick" Atcherly and his navigator Captain Dudley "Mutt" Muller to save the day. Will they safely complete their mission? Or are things about to get a little...wacky?

  • 9.0
    DC Comics News - Shean Mohammed Sep 7, 2017

    Buy if you love Hogan's Heroes with a fable of government experiments gone wrong Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science - Jeremy Daw Sep 8, 2017

    How silly do you like your comics? If you're an Ennis fan, this is pretty much exactly what you'd expect from him taking on an already established cartoon property. The first couple of pages aside, the humour here doesn't rely so much on jokes and gags but more on the strength of Ennis' characterisation, particularly that of Dick. He's not just a straight guy for the madness around him; his relationship with Mutt matters and means that, despite the surreal events taking place around him, there's a surprising amount of depth to this issue. If you're prepared to take a relaxed approach to the way the story's set up, there's an awful lot to enjoy here. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    IGN - Tara Giovannini Sep 7, 2017

    I'm a huge Garth Ennis fan but reading this just made me go *blink* *blink* "whaaaaa....?" It's weird. It's pretty, but. It's weird, so so weird. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Beat - Sep 6, 2017

    An enjoyable and promising start. The only thing missing is Dastardly's catchphrase: "Drat, drat, and double drat!" Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Sep 5, 2017

    I wasn't sure what to expect with this one, but it only took a few pages to get me hooked. With this promising opening act, this will likely be another hit for the Hanna-Barbera series. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Word Of The Nerd - Bryan Brown Sep 8, 2017

    So far, I haven't been impressed with many of DC's Hanna-Barbera reboots, but Dastardly & Muttley might be the best so far. Just one issue in, it is hard to determine how well this series may work out. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Sep 12, 2017

    I didnt know Mauricet before but one can tell hes been trained in classic European comic book art. All his work is solid and mildly cartoony and fun to look at. He is a good fit for this comic. He manages the visual expressions of humans well but I hope that he makes his Muttley more expressive in future issues. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Sep 7, 2017

    Where this is all going, I have absolutely no clue. But, the first issue is entertaining enough and has me looking forward to the next issue to see what'll happen and what else Ennis can deliver when it comes to winks and nods. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Olivier Roth Sep 6, 2017

    After this first issue, I commend Ennis for continuing this insanely weird ride that DC Comics has taken the reader on with these Hanna-Barbera reimaginings. He nails the witty repartee between Mutt and Dick and sets up some intriguing clues as to what we can expect going forward in the story. If it wasn't clear from my review, Mutt begins as human, but unfortunately the cover does kinda spoil what happens to him after the crash, which you can't always lay at the feet of the writer. Either way, this was a pretty entertaining issue that was made even better by Mauricet's art. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AiPT! - David Hildebrand Sep 6, 2017

    A far cry from last year's Wacky Raceland, Dastardly and Muttley #1 starts out good. I am surely going to pick up the second issue to see where Ennis carries these two. There are a lot of questions that need answering and I have a sneaking suspicion that Ennis will get a little darker as the story progresses. Check it out, it is definitely worth the read! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Bleeding Cool - Rich Johnston Aug 17, 2017

    Dastardly and Muttley " based on the classic Hanna-Barbera characters " is a surreal story with a lot of setup, but ultimately an enjoyable ride. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Anthony Wendel Sep 6, 2017

    Entertaining and earns a few laughs but seems to require a second issue to really sell the plot. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Sep 6, 2017

    The thing is, I just don't know if I care about the story. I got the gist; I just have no idea where it's going to go. I'll likely read the next issue and maybe even finish the mini-series, but it's not great. It's just okay. It could be a lot better or at the very least more entertaining. The jokes are low hanging fruit, hell; some have fallen off the tree. It depends on what the next issue does, but this first issue will leave you feeling confused before and after you read it. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Multiversity Comics - Kent Falkenberg Sep 8, 2017

    If you come to the end of a book and the biggest unanswered question you have is Why am I reading this? you probably already have your answer. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Geekery Magazine - Shawn Warner Sep 7, 2017

    Overall I have to say that Ennis was able to tell an engrossing story with the help of some first-rate visuals from artist extraordinaire, Mauricet. There were some narrative lulls, but the kinetic energy of the fantastic artwork proved more than enough to carry the issue when the need arose. I like the DC/Hanna-Barbera offerings, however I am happy this is a six issue mini because I don't see enough in this particular iteration of these characters to justify an ongoing series, that being said I will certainly stick around for the entirety of this one. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Big Comic Page - Ross Sweeney Sep 6, 2017

    Still, its fun, energetic and lovely to look at, so worth a punt if youre in that elusive middle ground. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    ComicBuzz - Sean M. Morse Sep 6, 2017

    I have a hard time imagining who this book is for. If you're old enough to understand the subject matter then the presentation will probably seem a bit juvenile, but I dont think you would want your kids reading this either. Fans of the characters may not find much to cling onto, because theyve been so fundamentally changed. DC could have done something with their resident pilot, Hal Jordan, using Dastardly & Muttley as villainous foils, drawing on the history of the characters. His Lantern ring could have allowed for some cartoony visuals, staying with the theme. I hate to turn anyone away from the book because Mauricet is doing some impressive work, but my optimism got the best of me this time. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comicosity - Amy Ziegfeld Sep 6, 2017

    There's potential here. It's an amusing premise and it could go somewhere fun in future issues, but this first issue has almost nothing to recommend it except for fun art and exposition that will set up future, hopefully better issues. Read Full Review

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