I have to tell you, Faithful Spoilerites: I wasn’t sure about the Hanna Barbera cartoon books as a concept, but ‘Future Quest’ is excellent, ‘Scooby Apocalypse’ is surprising and even the ones that didn’t quite work made for interesting reading material.  So, when I read that The Banana Splits would be crossing over with, of all things, Suicide Squad, I was perfectly willing to give it a chance.  I suspect that I’m in a minority, though, as many of the voices I hear talking about the Splits’ return aren’t excited about it.  (That might actually be a function of being too young to remember them in their prime, but I think it’s mostly the “Realism is gritty, cartoons are embarrasing” contingent raising their voices again.)  Given that ‘The Flinstones’ has been one of the most consistently well-written critiques of modern culture in recent comics history, I think it’s time to address today’s Laff-A-Lympic query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is also really looking forward to reading ‘The Snagglepuss Chronicles’, a collection of words that seems like they just shouldn’t ever go together, asking: Is using the Banana Splits and other Hanna Barbera cartoon characters in the regular DCU a problem for you?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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6 Comments

  1. April 3, 2017 at 11:29 am — Reply

    No. It’s really no different than a walking talking duck fighting alongside a blind guy who is an expert martial artist…

  2. Frank
    April 3, 2017 at 12:11 pm — Reply

    Or a grown man who dresses like a flying rodent.

  3. April 3, 2017 at 12:14 pm — Reply

    It’s fine. The Suicide Squad/Banana Splits issue was surprisingly good. Very surprising.

  4. April 3, 2017 at 12:58 pm — Reply

    I have no problem with anything as long as its good and made for right reasons.

  5. April 3, 2017 at 1:26 pm — Reply

    Not in the slightest. Considering the entire DC Multiverse includes such worlds as the home of Captain Carrot and other similarly “silly” characters that can at times be written seriously, I can’t see any reason that this is any different. With the right writer(s) and the right story, you could team up Batman, The Telletubbies and Erin Esurance and still have a compelling story.

  6. Daniel Langsdale
    April 3, 2017 at 10:21 pm — Reply

    As a fun little one-off, no.

    But I would have a problem if it was the ongoing new status quo. There’s much that I’ve enjoyed separate from DC and Marvel Universes that have lost their unique “somethings” after being melted in with the Big 2:

    Milestone.
    Wildstorm.
    New Universe.
    Ultraverse.
    etc.

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