Superman/Top Cat #1 Special Review - Eat your veggies or die...
Updated: Oct 7, 2020
• Dan Didio (Writer) • Shane Davis (Pencils)
• Get it now - Comixology
Top Cat is another Hanna Barbera character that I have no experience with. He's also another character in this series of One-Shots that I found to be instantly endearing and would like to see more of.
The story is wonderfully absurd to the point of parody and I think that's the point. People are mysteriously dying after consuming Kale. The story reveals that Kale may appear to be a green veggie, but it's really a sentient alien race that is being exploited as a superfood. (Extremely dark huh?) Superman and Top Cat team up to battle the last of the Kale species and wind up having to deal with an even more insidious situation.
Top Cat is the most fun of the Hanna Barbera characters in this series of One-Shots. He manages to completely upstage Superman. This also highlights my one real gripe with the issue, Superman portion of the comic is pretty weak by comparison. It's the opposite of the Green Lantern/Huckleberry Hound crossover I reviewed a couple days ago.
There's a hilarious scene in the issue where Superman asks Top Cat visit Clark Kent. Cat immediately sees through the disguise. Which causes him to question the intelligence of Clark's co-workers. The comic is wonderfully self-aware.
We get another great Penciler/Colorist combo in this issue. The close-up to Kalien, the Kale monster is beautifully detailed. Even when some of the pencils aren't as detailed, the colors still make the panel pop. The art direction for the comic makes the entire issue just as fun as the story.
I've gone through the entire series of Hanna/Barbera Series this week. Here is my ranking of the 4. They were all fun and brought interesting takes on the characters. I hope to see even more down the line. I will also eventually get to reviewing Secret Squirrel down the line since the backups add up to its own comic if you've read all four issues.
2. Superman/Top Cat