Man, I am totally serious about this. Today's comic was originally intended as a joke, but now I realize these changes are too awesome to ignore. I mean look, Sam is... I guess some kind of robot. And they are in space or something! TO THE MAX!
Maybe you have heard about this new upcoming show that features darker, edgier versions of the Looney Tunes. (You can download the promotional trailer here.) Now, creating an action show that features superheroes who vaguely resemble the classic WB characters is certainly a... puzzling move. But no, it's the way this show is being presented to us that is really getting people so riled up. WB execs are talking about the characters from this spinoff as though they were permanent replacements for the classic ones.
It's a blatant lie, of course -- one that they are willing to play up to generate controversy and get some free publicity for the show. You can't fault the strategy: the "Loonatics" are all over the news, even on television. But these guys are no more replacements for the Looney Tunes than the Muppet Babies were replacements for the puppets. Still, even if it is just a marketing scheme, when you're reading quotes from some idiot WB exec claiming that the original characters are too old and too dated to use anymore, it's hard not to get a little worked up.
I remember reading once (somewhere) that occasionally, a news story comes along that results in hundreds of editorial cartoonists coincidentally drawing the same comic. For example, when Bob Hope died, countless artists paired the phrase "Bob Hope: 1903-2003" with a drawing of a lone microphone on an empty stage. Well, over the next few days I predict you will see a lot of "extreme" versions of the comics you read. It's just too hard for us to resist.