Of all the DC/Looney Tunes crossovers which have been published over the past month, Legion of Super-Heroes/Bugs Bunny Special #1 is the only one to get it right.
Supergirl is dying… again. Brainiac 5, the love of her life, fights desperately to save her while the rest of the Legion of Super-Heroes debate the ethical implications involved. Computo 2 – dispatched to Smallville’s past to fetch Superboy – decides instead to bring Bugs Bunny to the future. But for what purpose? Can Bugs save Supergirl, defeat the LSH’s nemesis Validus, and still harvest his baby carrots? Meanwhile, in the backup feature… exactly the same story happens?!
From the lighthearted, playful writing to the wonderful art, this issue is a treat for fans of both franchises. An understanding of both universes is on display, allowing the characters to interact in a way which doesn’t get bogged down in forced reasoning. In other words:
It’s FUN! Does anybody remember what that means?!
While other crossover titles in this latest misfire from DC have been trying so hard to get everything right that they’ve gotten things completely wrong, Legion of Super-Heroes/Bugs Bunny Special #1 uses the Looney Tunes style of chaos and it works.
So many classic LSH members are featured that it’s impossible not to feel nostalgic if you’re a fan… and if you’re not and you have no idea who any of them are, it doesn’t matter. All you need to know is that Brainiac 5 loves Supergirl and that works. The classic angst and emotion of the LSH is played for laughs, simultaneously a homage as well as a parody. It’s accurate, right down to the overblown melodrama. It looks like classic LSH and reads like it too.
Equally, the appearance of Bugs is pure Looney Tunes. He looks right, as opposed to being some drastic adult reinterpretation of the character. He sounds right, not like he’s one of DC’s ham-fisted characters. Everything he does seems natural, not forced. He’s out of his depth in the world of the LSH, but is instantly in charge of his own destiny – just as he always has been. His cartoon physics are interpreted as a superpower, and he has no problems breaking the fourth wall either.
He is Bugs Bunny.
The only complaint with this issue is the backup feature. These crossovers have basically been divided into part modern DC style, part Looney Tunes style, in a bid to try and please both audiences. It hasn’t worked, but in others they’ve at least told different stories in the second half. Here, you get exactly the same story, only with a more cartoonish style, and that’s not right.
That being said, it’s forgivable because the main story is so damn good. It’s easily the best of these crossovers and the only one worth buying. Laugh-out-loud funny, Legion of Super-Heroes/Bugs Bunny Special #1 is essential for fans.