The Land Before Quest
Written By: Jeff Parker
Art By: Evan "Doc" Shaner, Ron Randal, Hi-Fi
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 31, 2016
*Non-Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*
Whenever this book is in the next week releases list on DC's site, I jump for joy in my chair. It has been such a fun ride so far, that I know that it will shine through some of the Rebirths we've been getting. We all love our Supermen, Batmen, and Green Lanterns, but this series has made me feel like a kid watching Saturday morning cartoons again! Rebirth is great but so is this series, and it needs more attention! It doesn't need to be in the top 10 sold DC comics, though it should be, it just needs to keep itself afloat amidst all the Rebirth.
Now the last issue didn't push the plot forward but cleared up why a few members of the cast ended up crossing paths with the Quests. However, issue 2 left the Quests and Birdman picking up an injured Jan while F.E.A.R. picked up an unconscious Jace, hoping that he might know something about the Vortex. What will our heroes learn from this girl from beyond the portal? Let's dive in and find out...
We open up 45,000 years ago, where a group of Neandertals and Cromagnons run away from a growing cloud that a caped man summoned. One man steps forward ready to face the being from the cloud, with his mate Teela saying that he shouldn't and they could run. But if it wasn't obvious with the black short hair and the shield necklace that makes him oddly resemble a version of Superman, this caveman isn't going to run. He pulls out his mask and it's revealed to be Mightor. He flies up at the "god" the cloud produced and really gives it a walloping. Unfortunately, just like the other Hanna-Barbera Heroes, the light envelops the super-caveman and both Mightor and the creature vanish.
We jump back to the present, to see that the Quests are flying the gang to the location of some 'cave paintings' that might help explain the vortex while Agent Sumadi and Birdman try to jog the memory of Jan, much to Blip's dismay when they fail. They range from Dr. Quest asking questions, Birdman trying to meditate with her, and even having Sumadi bring up some music(being played by the superhero/rock band The Impossibles) to try and remind her of anything.
Just when they thought they are making a breakthrough, the Vortex reappears right below the jet, and we see Space Ghost fighting the creature inside with Zok from the Herculoids. As the gang lands, we see that ANOTHER kid, named Todd loses his parents to the Vortex. Don't worry, unlike Ty who is now just staying around to witness this amazingness with us, this kid actually is a Hanna-Barbera character as well. As Todd tries to look for his parents, an Allosaurus tries to eat him, but a neandertal from back in Mightor's time named Ug runs in and gets him out of there. These two are the main characters of the OTHER half of Space Ghost's show, Dinoboy and the Lost Valley. This is how you do an introduction in a crossover right. Jeff Parker doesn't just shove in characters for the sake of this being the most epic crossovers on the planet, it makes sense for these two characters to be in this time altered jungle.