Anthony’s DC Comics picks for November 2017

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Here’s a look at what comics are coming out from DC Comics for November 2017. The full list of solicitations is available here.

Comics

  • Harley & Ivy Meet Betty & Veronica #2 (of 6), on sale Nov. 1, $4
  • The Jetsons #1, on sale Nov. 1, $4
  • Future Quest Presents #4, on sale Nov. 15, $4
  • Looney Tunes #240, on sale Nov. 22, $3
  • Scooby-Doo Team-Up #32, on sale Nov. 22, $3
  • Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #87, on sale Nov. 8, $3
  • Astro City #49, on sale Nov. 15, $4

Trade paperbacks/graphic novels

  • Batman in The Brave and the Bold: The Bronze Age, vol. 1, on sale Dec. 27, $35
  • Scooby-Doo Team-Up, vol. 4, on sale Dec. 20, $13
  • Astro City: Reflections, on sale Dec. 13, $17

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Scooby-Doo Team-Up #32
“Scooby-Doo Team-Up” #32. Art by Scott Jeralds.

It looks like the Harley Quinn/Poison Ivy/Betty and Veronica crossover might reference Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman? The solicitation mentions a costume party, so presumably other DC heroes (or maybe even Archie’s superhero stable?) will also be referenced.

“Future Quest Presents” features the Galaxy Trio this month. They were the co-stars/backup segment on Birdman’s original 60s TV series.

This month’s “Scooby-Doo Team-Up” features Atom Ant! It seemed like only a matter of time before we met Hanna-Barbera’s smallest superhero. I assume Shaggy will make at least one picnic reference.

Meet George Jetson…

The latest Hanna-Barbera comic is a new series starring the Jetsons. Like the other DC Hanna-Barbera books, this new title features an updated and more serious-toned Jetson family. One big change is that Jane now has a full-time job (besides being a stay-at-home Mom): she’s a NASA scientist. Meanwhile, Rosie A) has downloaded into her George’s mother’s brain and B) has gotten the “New 52 Amanda Waller” treatment and looks quite thin. Until now, the only Jetsons relatives I recall being shown on-screen are Jane’s mother and George’s 110-year-old grandfather, Montague “Grandpa” Jetson.

Usually, the Jetsons stand out as sci-fi/fantasy characters who don’t lead flashy lives, versus characters like Luke Skywalker or Captain Kirk. Still, Jane deserves a job besides pushing buttons on a futuristic Roomba. Also, Jane’s job means less reliance (both in-story and by the writers) on George’s job, including the shtick of George getting fired on a near-daily basis by the hot-headed Mr. Spacely. (If there was ever an argument against at-will employment/in favor of unions, Mr. Spacely’s a poster child.)

On a related note, the Orbit City crew are (as of this writing) possibly getting a live-action sitcom on ABC, the network that aired the original 1962 series. (Useless trivia: “The Jetsons” is ABC’s first show to air in color.) Hopefully the sitcom’s casting will reflect current demographic trends—the US is projected to become a majority-minority country by mid-century. Thus, even if George, Jane, Elroy, and Judy are cast as all White, their neighbors, coworkers, etc. definitely won’t be.


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