Rascal Raccoon’s Raging Revenge! by Hay & Wagner

Rascal Raccoon’s Raging Revenge!
by Brendan Hay & Justin Wagner
Oni Press, 2011

Bit of a between-the-stools one, this. Rascal Raccoon, resident villain of Toonie Terrace, has been locked in an unhealthy symbiotic relationship with cheeky extrovert Jumpin’ Jackalope for decades. He concocts endless elaborate plans to kill Jumpin’, which naturally backfire. Jumpin’ always outsmarts him and wins the day. Repeat. Except… for the one time Rascal Raccoon actually succeeds. So, with his nemesis dead, what does he do with his life now?

This could’ve been an interesting meditation on misguided ambition and the purpose of life, except it’s not quite sure what audience it should be aiming for, which also affected the success of progenitor Who Framed Roger Rabbit?. The artwork is pleasantly bright and cartoony, but it has a ‘Teen Age 13+’ rating on the back. There’s a little blood, but they chickened out and drew it black, which apparently makes it less gory. The story would’ve benefitted from a more adult treatment – see Rich Koslowski’s Three Fingers (Top Shelf, 2002) for a confidently dark take on toon realism.

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