SDCC: Garth Ennis Writing "Dastardly & Muttley" Comic for DC's Hanna-Barbera Line


DC Comics has tapped writer Garth Ennis to script a new comic based on Hanna-Barbera's classic villains, Dastardly and Muttley.

The announcement, made by editor Marie Javins during the publisher's daily press event at Comic-Con International in San Diego, did not include a targeted release date, and an artist has not yet been decided on.

It was implied, though not stated outright, that Ennis' comic will follow the further adventures of the version of Dastardly and Muttley recently introduced in "Wacky Raceland." The Mad Max-inspired series, based on Hanna Barbera's "Wacky Races" cartoon, places the despicable duo in a post-apocalyptic death race, where talking, thinking, weapon-laden cars, flesh-eating nanites and undead hordes are the rule of the land.

The second issue of the series gave Dick Dastardly a proper origin story, revealing who he was before the apocalypse swept across the globe. It has not yet been revealed how his four-legged partner, the cybernetically-enhanced Muttley, came to join him in his quest to win the death race and resurrect his dead family.

"Wacky Raceland," written by Ken Pontac and illsutrated by Leonardo Manco, is currently published monthly by DC Comics. The publisher's Hanna-Barbera line also includes an updated, modern take on "The Flintstones," the end-of-the world adventure of "Scooby Apocalypse," and "Future Quest," which brings all of HB's action heroes together in one massive storyline.

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