This week, DC launched a series of crossover one-shots featuring their characters and classic cartoons from Hanna Barbera Animation. The most outrageous and unexpected of the bunch is Suicide Squad Banana Splits Special #1.
The Banana Splits are a pretty deep pull from the Hanna Barbera library. It was the company’s first foray into live action content and a bizarre team up with HR Pufnstuf creators Sid and Marty Kroft. Focusing on a rock band made up of fuzzy animals originally played by actors in costumes.
A Crazy, Fun Crossover Ride
So, how does a band of cuddly kids performers cross paths with the lovably deranged members of Task Force X? The answer is, of course, quite complicated. While on their way to play a gig, the Splits are mistakenly arrested and tossed into Belle Reve Penitentiary.
At the same time the Suicide Squad has come under heavy fire on their latest mission. This leaves team members in a precarious situation. They’re in need of new Squad members. And they turn to Belle Reve’s newest inmates, who are even more off the books and expendable than the original squad.
Now armed to teeth and equipped with military tactical outfits the band of animal musicians head out to the rescue the Squad. Each Banana Split is paired up with a different member of Task Force X as they take on an army of creepy robot children.
This book is truly loopy fun. It’s nice to see DC be willing to take chances with their characters like this.
Writer Tony Bedard embraces the chaos and insanity of this team up. And he does it with gusto giving us an action packed and hilariously weird story. He even goes so far as to capture the bizarre speech patterns of the Banana Splits in his dialogue. Artist Ben Caldwell gives the Suicide Squad a cartoonish makeover to better fit with their more kid-friendly companions in a story that is anything but for children.
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