March will feature five Wednesdays, which means none of DC's monthly and twice-monthly comics will be scheduled to on the final week of the month. In order to fill the hole in the publishing schedule, the publisher announced today that their popular Hanna Barbera line will roll out four annuals on March 29, each crossing over a property from Saturday mornings past with a DC superhero.
Adam Strange, fresh off The Death of Hawkman, will cross over with Future Quest in a series co-written by The Death of Hawkman's Marc Andreyko and Future Quest's Jeff Parker, with art by Steve Lieber.
Booster Gold, who hasn't appeared in a DC comic since the end of Convergence in 2015, will pop up in Bedrock when The Flintstones writer Mark Russell brings him face to face with the Modern Stone-Age Family, courtesy artist Rick Leonardi, who Booster Gold creator Dan Jurgens hand-picked to work on the final issues of the character's ongoing series back in 2011.
Writers James Tynion IV and Chris Sebela will team up to cross Green Lantern over with Space Ghost, bringing superstar artist Ariel Olivetti back to Space Ghost for the first time since his acclaimed 2005 miniseries.
Lastly, writer Tony Bedard and artist Ben Caldwell will team up the Suicide Squad with the anthropomorphic animal rock band the Banana Splits. Yes, really.
Each of the four titles will feature a backup story that sets the stage for the next wave of DC's Hanna Barbera books: Future Quest will feature a Top Cat story by Dan DiDio and Phil Winslade; The Flintstones will feature the long-awaited The Jetsons from Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner with artist Pier Brito; Space Ghost will introduce Howard Chaykin's Ruff and Reddy, and Mark Russell and Dale Eaglesham will bring Snagglepuss to The Banana Splits.
You can check out the covers for the annuals in the attached image gallery, and the solicitation text for the books below.
BOOSTER GOLD/THE FLINTSTONES ANNUAL #1
Written by Mark Russell
Art by Rick Leonardi and Scott Hanna
Backup Feature: THE JETSONS
Written by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti
Art by Pier Brito
Welcome to the 25th Century, where the Earth is a polluted, post-industrial nightmare, most animals are extinct and reptilian aliens are invading cities across the planet! In their time of need, the world’s citizens turn to the time-traveling Booster Gold to save the day. To learn why these aliens are attacking Earth, Booster dives deep into the prehistoric past to see what happened when they first came to the planet. In this bygone era, Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble must help Boosterlearn the truth and return to his own time armed with the information that will bring down the invaders – if Booster can convince them to help him out.
Harley Quinn’s Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti put a new twist on an old twist about our future in THE JETSONS! The Jetsons live in a world of robotics and gadgetry. But how does dying change when grandma’s brain can be digitally imprinted onto a housecleaning robot?
GREEN LANTERN/SPACE GHOST ANNUAL #1
Written by James Tynion IV and Chris Sebela
Art by Ariel Olivetti
Backup Feature: RUFF AND REDDY
Story and art by Howard Chaykin
Trapped in a strange rift in time, Green Lantern and Space Ghost are forced to battle a variety of foes – and each other! And even if they manage to survive, they will be thrown into a world with no concept of interstellar travel – or even what an alien is! Stripped of their weapons by a xenophobic culture, the duo will have to battle to regain them – but what happens when Space Ghost dons the Lantern Ring and Hal Jordan puts on the Power Bands?
Iconic writer Howard Chaykin puts a modern spin on one of Hanna-Barbera’s earliest animated animal teams! Ruff and Reddy were once the toast of nightclubs, variety shows late night chat fests and Broadway. Learn how they became the comedic duo of yesterday… Before they hit rock bottom today!
SUICIDE SQUAD/BANANA SPLITS ANNUAL #1
Written by Tony Bedard
Art by Ben Caldwell
Backup Feature: SNAGGLEPUSS
Written by Mark Russell
Art by Dale Eaglesham0comments
“Suicide Splits” pairs up Saturday morning’s animal rock band with Amanda Waller’s Task Force X, the dirtiest players in the game! Mistaken for metahumans and thrown into the bowels of Belle Reve Penitentiary, the Banana Splits are recruited by Amanda Waller for a secret mission: Save the Suicide Squad! What follows is quite possibly the weirdest team up ever; how will Fleegle, Bingo, Drooper and Snorky stand up to Harley, Deadshot, Katana and Killer Croc?
Mark Russell brings his hilariously satirical style to this backup feature, where Snagglepuss is a Southern gothic playwright working with an ensemble cast of cultural figures, exploring an intensely creative time in the New York City theater scene of the 1950’s.