Written by: Peter J Tomasi
Art by: Fernando Pasarin
Inks by: Oclair Albert
Colors by: Gabe Eltaeb
Release date: 5/30/18
In the prelude to this issue, young Radley Crowne is interrupted in his pursuits of robotics to receive his birthday present from his parents, a dog named Mutt. We see the young boy grow into a man, dealing with the harsh realities of life, with Mutt by his side until the time comes when Radley makes a bold decision to try and save his best friends life.
In Metropolis in the present, Jon Kent and his parents are at a funeral for someone close to Lois. Jon decides to go outside and get some fresh air when he runs into Damian who has a mission for him. One that includes a badly damaged Dynomutt. I like how Damian has some reverence for both Blue Falcon and Dynomutt as he tries to determine what happened to them both. Jon comes along for the ride in order to try and help however he can. They get Mutt back to the Falcon Lair to try and get some answers. Unfortunately, the answers they get are not good.
The story has some really good pacing as the action seems to happen naturally. There are some great moments in this story where you strip away the historical absurdity of these characters and find something tangible in their interpretation. Something that could lend itself to an ongoing series. The story and action beats work really well together and there is some real emotion in this story, especially in the history of both Blue Falcon and Dynomutt. Taking these characters seriously is a tightrope walk, but Tomasi is able to do it in a manner that makes sense with the characters and in context with the DC universe.