Superhero rock group "The Impossibles" set for 'Future Quest'
Writer Jeff Parker and artist Evan “Doc” Shaner are bringing back classic Hanna-Barbera action heroes to large success in the “Future Quest” series.
In “Future Quest,” Jonny Quest teams up with other action heroes from Hanna-Barbera cartoons, including Space Ghost and Dino Boy, The Herculoids, Birdman and the Galaxy Trio, Moby Dick and Mighty Mightor, and Frankenstein Jr.
The latest group of heroes set to join the action is one of the more unusual choices for the series: the Impossibles.
“The Impossibles” were part of the show “Frankenstein Jr. and the Impossibles.” The Impossibles were rock musicians who became superheroes to fight crime in a series of short cartoons produced in 1966. The heroes were featured in a Gold Key comic book in 1966 that was reprinted in 1968.
The Impossibles in the original cartoon became the superheroes Coil Man, Fluid Man and Multi-Man. Promotional art so far seems to indicate the team in “Future Quest” will have a fourth, female member.
‘What's going on?'
After a teaser in issue #4 of “Future Quest,” the Impossibles are set to be prominently featured in issue #5.
“It's a tricky act, like I expected,” Parker said. “But it's happening, and I'm excited about it.”
While Jonny Quest and Space Ghost had more classic adventure stylings, Parker described the Impossibles cartoon as “more from the Jetsons end of the pool.”
“They'll just start off in the middle of a boat, in the ocean, just playing in a boat. And you're like, ‘Who are they playing to? What's going on?' ” Parker said. “And then suddenly they're in the story.”
Parker said DC's co-publisher Dan DiDio was a key part of getting the Impossibles into “Future Quest.” DiDio had talked with Darwyn Cooke, the late writer/illustrator who was involved in early stages of “Future Quest,” and Cooke had placed the Impossibles into the first promotional image.
“That was always going to be the hardest one,” Parker said. “And the reason that got in there was because Dan DiDio was such a big Impossibles fan as a kid.”
Parker said the Impossibles of the comic book series are newcomers to the world of adventuring.
“They're extremely green and new to superheroing, and they've barely done it,” Parker said. “And they're stars of a kids' show who want to be taken seriously as a band. So they're kind of in the same position in the entertainment world as they are in the world of adventuring. They're just trying to get everybody to take them serious. They actually do have a lot of abilities, but it's a little weird.”
Parker said some of the appeal of “Future Quest” is taking all these various styles and characters and making them work together.
“That's part of the fun of the series,” Parker said. “I think a lot of people, what they enjoy about the series is, How in the world are you going to make Frankenstein Jr. work? How in the world are you going to make the Impossibles work? Watch, you'll see.”
“Future Quest” #4 is on sale now; “Future Quest” #5 is set for an Oct. 5 release.