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Friday, December 14, 2012 

Captain Carrot corrupted

Roy Thomas and Scott Shaw's early 80s creation of Captain Carrot and his Amazing Zoo Crew, one of the few "funny animal" books DC published at the time, has been reintroduced by Keith Giffen into the New 52 in a series called Threshold, or should I say, reinvented, because unfortunately, their only idea of how to handle what began as a children's adventure is now a pretty adult rendition:
Giffen confirmed to Comic Book Resources that Captain K’Rot is indeed his take on Captain Carrot. Asked whether he was a longtime fan of the original series, Giffen quipped, “There was a series?” Ever the joker. He quickly added, “Every book needs a borderline psychotic, booze swilling, whore-mongering rabbit. I mean, c’mon!”
Sounds just as bad as Geoff Johns' story-within-a-story from Teen Titans in 2006, where the Zoo Crew made an appearance in what was apparently supposed be Identity Crisis with an animal-based cast, and was just as repellant. The name now given to the bunny businessman is insulting too, because it actually sums up what they're doing to him now: rotting him into disaster.

I don't think Thomas has said anything about this, probably because he's already let down enough by DC as it is, but Scott Shaw had something to say:
As long as it’s not really Captain Carrot, I don’t care. If anything, I’m kinda amused by their rather lame attempt to fit an ‘edgy’ funny animal into the ‘New 52′ universe. Somehow, it reminds me of Warner Bros. Animation’s terrible LOONATICS UNLEASHED SatAM cartoon series. Where’s Ch’p, Thunderbunny, Jaxxon, Bucky O’Hare, Rocket Raccoon and Howard the Duck when we need ‘em?
The last time Steve Gerber's duck turned up was in a Marvel MAX book I'm sure would be best forgotten. Bucky O'Hare is lucky so far not to fall victim to this adult-ing of former kids products. But I think this looks to be a telling decline for Giffen's talents. He was an artist/writer I'd respected years ago, but now he too looks like another contributor to comicdom who's stumbled.


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