Looney Tunes #263 Review

Writer: Derek Fridolfs, Earl Kress, and Frank Strom

Artist: Dave Alvarez (all stories)

Inker: Mike DeCarlo (2nd & 3rd story)

Colors: David Tanguay (2nd & 3rd Story)

Letterer: Wes Abbot (1st Story), John Costanza (2nd Story), and Nick J Napolitano (3rd Story)

Publisher: DC Comics

Price: $2.99

Release Date: November 16, 2021

Reviewer: JR Huitt

THE HOOK:

DC Comics releases Looney Tunes #263 this week. With three stories inside, readers are definitely going to be exposed to the wonderful hi-jinks that Warner Brothers Tunes are known for. All three of the stories in Looney Tunes #263 are great, follow along and let’s see if any of them catch your eye!

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MY IMPRESSIONS:

The first story in Looney Tunes #263, “I’ll Scratch Your Back” is written by Derek Fridolfs. The plot of the story is one that seems to pop up in a number of ‘team-up cross-overs. If each character is having problems with their own issues, what would happen if they switched? The resulting catastrophe is just as interesting and hilarious as a Looney Tunes adventure should be. Especially since the two characters in question are Ralph Wolf and Wile E. Coyote, with special appearances by the Road Runner and Sam the Dog.

The second story in Looney Tunes #263 is “My Mouse-Take.” It’s written by Earl Kress and features Sylvester the Cat and his son, Sylvester Junior. Sylvester is trying to catch a mouse, while his son watches and offers support and advice. The mouse enlists assistance from one of the more popular Looney Tunes characters and this gives Sylvester a devil of a time. Not a super memorable story, but entertaining nonetheless.

The third story in Looney Tunes #263 is “Mild Kingdom.” It’s a riff on Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom except this one is hosted by Safari (Yosemite) Sam. With Sam as the host, the story goes off the rails in the most wonderful of ways. I really enjoyed being reminded just how adaptive the characters of Looney Tunes are. Writer Frank Strom did an excellent job.

THE ART:

Dave Alvarez handles the artwork for all three stories in Looney Tunes #263. With such iconic characters (Wolf, Coyote, Sylvester, and others) that have been around for more than 90 years (premiered April 19, 1930) the key point is to make sure that they are recognizable. Alvarez does this with grace and ease. However, one thing that I have to draw attention to was the coloring for “I’ll Scratch Your Back.” Based on the credits, Alvarez handled the coloring duty for that story and it really stands out from the other two.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Looney Tunes #263 was a book that I enjoyed way more than I expected to. I’ll be honest and say that the only reason that I decided to review this was because of my eleven-year-old son. He asked me the other day what I was writing and I started explaining one of the reviews I was doing and he asked me to do one on something he would like. It was either Looney Tunes or Power Rangers and the Rangers series intimidates the hell out of me. All that said, I would definitely recommend giving Looney Tunes #263 a try.

8/10

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