Wacky Raceland #2

Writer: Ken Pontac Artist: Leonardo Manco Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 13, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 5
6.5Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

As the Racers roar through the ruins of San Francisco, Dick Dastardly takes a detour that uncovers a shameful secret from his pre-apocalypse days. Dick has a difficult decision: repeat the mistake that shattered his past, or man up and do the right thing? But does Dick even know what the "right thing" means? Meanwhile, Peter, Penelope and the others face a swarm of flesh-eating nanites that threatens to strip them to the bones

  • 9.5
    Comic Book Bin - Deejay Dayton Jul 26, 2016

    I am very tempted to give this issue a perfect rating, thats how much I loved it. I havent really talked much about the actual race that takes place, but it is replete with tension and grisliness, and has some good twists towards the end. The only thing that strikes me about this book is that it really feels more designed for adult readers. I think if I had read this story at the age at which I was watching Wacky Races it would have traumatized me. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Rick Austin Jul 18, 2016

    It's a virtuoso performance, not just from Dick Dastardly but from writer Ken Pontac too. With some deft touches, Pontac not only turns Dastardly into a tortured hero but creates one of the most haunting pieces of storytelling in recent years. It's truly astonishing. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Lisa Allison Jul 13, 2016

    It's silly and serious with a sense of mystery, how could I not like it? The story isn't afraid to be fun amongst all this darkness. Each racer has a distinct personality and the cars are characters in their own right. If you haven't given it a read yet, do so. Wacky Raceland is one hell of a ride! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Richard Gutierrez Jul 15, 2016

    Wacky Raceland seems to be humming along well, but if we are going to be introduced to a new characters' background with every issue, how long will that take? So far we have three down and only nine more to go, and if that's the case, it might just be better to wait for a trade paperback to catch up to all of this drama. While Pontac, Manco and Sanzone are developing this sadistic race into something new, I miss the humor from the parent idea. A few off-color jokes cannot substitute for the original, so why bother to make it they are going to stray so far off the race course? Hopefully, as we progress, they will steer us back onto the main path and not take so many of these unnecessary shortcuts. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Tony Farina Jul 13, 2016

    Considering the only negative is that the story is so good, the reader wants more, the whole experience is positive. Get in on this book before everyone else finds out and your shop sells out before you can get there. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Anthony Wendel Jul 14, 2016

    The attempt to flush out Dick Dastardly as a character is the best part of this issue. With any hope future issues will showcase just as much interesting origin stories behind the characters in the grittier, and violent world they live in and what makes them tick. It's good to know its going to be more than simply "You get into Utopia" as what is motivating everyone to race. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Big Comic Page - Sam Graven Jul 13, 2016

    All that being said, it's still fun. Sanzone's colouring is the absolute star here, characterising time, place and tone to great effect. I like a comic that's so episodic I feel like I can pick up an issue here and there on a whim. I'd love this to build to something bigger, and I do like a bit of fresh air being breathed into a rather stale dystopic genre. So, not a swing and a miss, but with practice, shows potential. Read Full Review

  • 5.1
    Weird Science - Chris Jul 13, 2016

    I think I can safely say this was a better issue than the first.  Not a home run by any stretch, but it gives us a better understanding of the motivations behind one of the only compelling characters in the series.  It's an odd state of affairs when the most likable member of the cast is the one named "Dastardly".  Didn't like it, didn't hate it.  An improvement, however, that one vital ingredient remains missing... fun. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    We The Nerdy - Alexander Handziuk Jul 13, 2016

    Wacky Raceland #2 is a mess of a book, as it is full of unremarkable characters and helmed by a downright awful one. The art is solid for the most part, but is not enough to save this stinker. If you have any interest in buying this book I strongly urge you to reconsider, as you'll live a much happier life if you never read this book. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comic Bastards - Pablo Arriaga Jul 13, 2016

    Wacky Raceland takes the look from Mad Max and the concept from Death Race, it strips them of their personality and human factors, drops the caricatures from the Hanna-Barbera show in the middle of it and really wants you to care, when we just don't. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GTMedia Reviews Sep 30, 2020

    The comic opens in Post-Apocalyptic San Francisco. The race is on and the streets are swarming with flesh-eating mutants.

    Dick Dastardly pauses and approaches an opera house. The location has special relevance for him as it is revealed that prior to the events of the series he was an accomplished musician. It's also revealed that this was the place where Dastardly's wife and child were killed.

    The book shifts to the other racers who notice Dastardly's disappearance from the race. They all speculate as to Dick's whereabouts before they are interrupted by the announcer who informs them that the race is about to get more dangerous. The mutants that are blocking the racer's path have also been implanted with Nanites keye more

  • 10
    Actarus Jul 15, 2016

  • 8.0
    Mixi Sep 17, 2016

  • 7.5
    LocoNasty Sep 7, 2016

  • 5.0
    DXO Aug 26, 2016

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