For those of a similar age to myself (a.k.a pushing 30) ‘Jonny Quest’ needs no introduction. For those on the bottom end of the twenties spectrum (or lower), DC Comics have come up with the perfect introduction to this iconic character, in ‘Future Quest.’
Warning: There may be possible spoilers ahead.
I’ll be the first to admit that I was a big fan of this character growing up. Those, of my age, will probably know him best from his adventures in ‘The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest’, a series that also gave us one of the best intros of the nineties. However, this incarnation of Jonny is more in-line with the original sixties and eighties show, as the character is presented as being in his early teens, as apposed to the, pumped-up, late teen, portrayed in the nineties series.
Those that know the character will also know that he is under the ‘Hanna-Barbera’ banner. ‘Hanna-Barbera’ is the animation studio that, well, basically provided my childhood. They gave us ‘Tom and Jerry, ‘The Flintstones’, ‘The Jetsons’, the list really goes on… More recently, however, DC are bringing some of these characters to the modern era and are starting their own publications featuring these prolific characters (you can find out more by clicking here).
Before doing this review I did a bit of research into the public opinion of these revamps, as I was sure I would come across some strong opinions. What I found was a number of cries of “my childhood characters are being ruined’ and “don’t fix what isn’t broken”. To those non-believers I will remind you that Batman no longer has massive font blocking his every punch (‘KAPOW’), Alan Scott is now gay, Harley Quinn is a single(ish) lady and the majority of the Robins spread their wings and found new aliases. In other words, characters evolve, grow up and, most importantly, move with the times and, this first issue of ‘Future Quest’, is a real testament to how well that can work.
In this issue, the reader is given adventure from the first page. We see battles of old, and wonder what relation they have to Jeff Parker’s plot. We are presented with glimmers of enemies, and revel in the promise of a battle of good versus evil and, finally, there is a promise of familiar heroes, and this is what will really make fans like myself swoon on the spot. In all, this issue is as action packed as any ‘Jonny Quest’ episode ever was, and is a true testament to its name.
Writer, Jeff Parker, has handled this much loved character with great care and has managed to coax him into this modern age. Jonny Quest is as energetic, boyish and as full as bravado as he should be and still manages to translate in this more modern age. Evan Shaner also provides a masterclass in how to pay homage to the style of a vintage character whilst also lending them a more current vigour and a glossier edge. In all, this partnership is a highly successful one, and I look forward to seeing the journey they will take this esteemed character on.
So, for those still think that DC should have steered clear of this character, I challenge you to read this issue. If you do, you will be treated to both a trip down memory lane as well as the flourish of a more modern tale. In all, Jonny and Hadgi are back guys and it’s time for adventure! *Cue 90s theme tune!*:
Future Quest #1 is available to buy from today by clicking here or by visiting your local comic book retailer.