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Darkwing Duck #4 [Review]


Full review posted to cxPulp.com
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Story: 4/5
Art: 3.5/5
Overall: 4.5/5

Uncle Scrooge #394 [Review]

Full review posted to cxPulp.com.

Story: 2.5/5
Art: 3.5/5
Overall: 3/5

Darkwing Duck #2 [Review]

Full review posted to cxPulp.com.

Story: 4/5
Art: 4/5
Overall: 4/5

The Duck Knight Returns

This is a series that I’m all about getting the single issues, even if I then get suckered into a collected edition.

If you were ever a fan of Darkwing Duck, this series is the next best thing to getting new episodes of the actual tv show, and I highly recommend this in any format!

I can’t think of any better title to go with than The Duck Knight Returns. It’s a great homage to the Batman story The Dark Knight Returns…but speaks on a deeper level to the fact that it’s been so many years since there was a Darkwing Duck comic available, and nearly as long since the show was on the air.

I would love to be able to buy a poster–this image, or the image more directly in parody of the Batman story.

My local comic shop stocked only a single copy of the first issue–the single issues of Boom‘s kids’ line just haven’t been selling well enough for him to justify stocking more than just the one or two shelf copies of the single issues…though the collected volumes have been selling just fine.

The Duck Knight Returns

DuckTales & Darkwing Duck are back

I was largely introduced to Uncle Scrooge and much of the comics versions of Disney characters by checking ’em out after noticing a string of highly positive reviews by Blake Petit (of comixtreme.com and evertimerealms.com) more than half a decade ago.

Though I dabbled briefly in buying some of the newer comics as they were released, the ridiculous price ($8/issue!) Gemstone was charging for the books being geared toward collectors instead of readers quickly drove me away from the monthly releases. I did, however, pick up a couple of TPBs of Carl Barks’ Greatest DuckTales Stories (originally published in the Uncle Scrooge title, that later served as the basis for episodes of the cartoon), The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck, and a couple other books that were quite enjoyable.

So when Boom Studios got the license to the classic Disney books, to publish through their Boom Kids imprint, I checked ’em all out on principle: $2.99 was not at all bad for giving things a look-see compared to the $8 price that one would have to be pretty darned committed to a title to pay.

I did quickly back off on the single issues of both the classic Disney books and the newer Disney/Pixar properties (particularly The Incredibles) in favor of collected volumes.

This month, though, has undone my intentions there, at least as the classic Disney stuff goes.

For a few months, at least, we have the return of DuckTales in Uncle Scrooge (the first issue of this, at least, was highly enjoyable) and in what has since been “upgraded” to an ongoing series from mini-series status the return of possibly my favorite Disney character, Darkwing Duck.

I expect DuckTales to make for a very enjoyable read in collected-edition format, and same for Darkwing Duck (and with a story title of The Duck Knight Returns and an inside-cover/title-page image in homage to the classic Batman: The Dark Knight Returns…I would absolutely buy a collected edition if they use that as the cover!)

But in the meantime, after nearly missing the first issues of both the DuckTales run (in Uncle Scrooge #392) and Darkwing Duck‘s premiere…both titles have now become the “core” of what I’m on the verge of making a full-blown pull-list at the local comic shop I’ve been frequenting for the last 2 1/2 years.

I suppose that makes both these titles a success, as Boom has drawn me back to the single issues rather than simply “waiting for the trade,” and in Darkwing Duck‘s case, might even result in what would basically be a “double purchase” of the first arc, at least.

If you’ve checked out neither of these, I would recommend tracking them down if your local comic shop still has ’em. And if not…keep an eye out for the inevitable collected editions, as both titles are an excellent read. These classic properties from childhood are back and better than ever!

Darkwing Duck #1 [Review]

Full review posted to cxPulp.com.

Story: 4/5
Art: 4.5/5
Overall: 4.5/5

Uncle Scrooge #392 [Review]

Full review posted to cxPulp.com.

Story: 4/5
Art: 4/5
Overall: 4.5/5

Donald Duck and Friends #347 [Review]

Doubleduck

Written by: Fausto Vitaliano
Art by: Andrea Freccero
Editor: Aaron Sparrow
Assistant Editor: Christopher Burns
Translator: Saida Temofonte
Letterer: Jose Macasocol Jr.
Cover A&B: Andrea Freccero
Designer: Erika Terriquez

I do believe that this is the first-ever “new” issue of a Donald Duck comic I’ve bought. I wasn’t really sure what to expect of this purchase, but after years of having to pass on Gemstone’s Duck comics for pricing, I wanted to pick this up to at least give it a look-see. As usua. I’m not thrilled at the use of variant covers, but at least both ‘regular’ covers were in stock on the lunch hour I used to visit the comic store, so I was afforded a choice between the two (hint: I went with the one you see with this review).

Glancing inside the issue, the interior art is vastly different from the cover art–the cover actually gives Donald an “edgy” sort of look, kinda like what you might expect of a comic called “Donald Duck Extreme.” The interior visuals seem rather soft and simplistic by comparison. However, while the art was really pretty “standard” I liked it. The characters seem to be depicted in what I imagine could be compared to the “house style” for the Archie characters; the “generic” style works well in keeping everyone recognizeable and I could almost visualize character “templates.” One character put me in mind of Herb from Darkwing Duck–I could hear that voice as I read the character’s word balloons.

The story itself is fairly ridiculous: Donald falls asleep at a James Pond movie, so Daisy gets upset and goes off with someone else for the rest of the night. Donald is recognized as “Double Duck,” and eventually comes to find himself with an unlikely situation–and a choice to make.

Though the potential for a lot more violence is there, things are really pretty toned down. This reminds me very much of what I’ve always enjoyed with a lot of the Disney characters, especially the classic “Disney Afternoon” shows: that simple, classic characters can be retooled into other roles that are interesting and yet maintain the essential “character” that draws you to ’em.

That “347” on the cover makes this feel like what it is: a leap into the depths of the lake to see how the water is there. It’s a first issue without all the trappings of a traditional debut issue; it’s simply a story per likely standard fare; the reader is assumed to be able to pick it up and enjoy it without it having to be some fresh start.

The story itself and the visual style with numerous panels on every page made for a much more satisfying read, with more story than many other comics these days hold.

This is the first of at least 2 parts, which is a little unfortunate–picking this issue up, one will need to invest in at least one more to complete the story. At the same time, this issue is enjoyable enough that I fully intend to snag the next issue to see where things go.

Recommended.

Story: 8/10
Art: 6/10
Whole: 7/10

So sick of Variants!

Edited to add: a previous rant/example of this topic.

I was rather excited to realize that the new ONGOING Incredibles series would have its first issue out today.  At the comic store, it was the first thing I looked for…lo ‘n behold, there was one single copy of the issue left, so I grabbed it right up.

But something looked just a bit “off” by it.  It’s a first issue.  It’s THE INCREDIBLES.  But…it ONLY showed Mr. Incredible himself, and Dash.  What about his wife, daughter, and the baby?!? Then I noticed two hands on the cover, coming from off-panel…flipped the book over hoping, Hoping, HOPING it was a wrap-around…but no such luck.  Finally, noticed in small type “Cover B” on the cover, and with disgust, I put the book back on the shelf.

I was so actively disgusted that I texted this to my Twitter feed before I turned the car on to leave:

Boom just lost me on The Incredibles…on principle. Variants by splitting 1 image to 2+ covers of the SAME issue is NOT cute.

Now, taking one image and splitting it into two, each being the cover to issues 1 & 2 respectively…THAT”s not my ideal, but I’m ok with that. Buy issue 1, buy issue 2….ooooh! look! A bigger image!

But for one to have to buy MULTIPLE COPIES of the SAME ISSUE just to get a FULL IMAGE is ridiculous! And this isn’t the first case of something like this zapping my interest in something on principle…there were a couple issues of Justice League, and even Justice Society that had this stunt pulled.  The current Justice League: Cry for Justice did this.  Heck, the Incredibles’ own 4-issue mini-series that I was ALSO stoked for had this stunt with ITS first issue, which I thus refused to buy.

It’s frustrating ENOUGH to have variants AT ALL…but at least even the fairly common 50/50 variants are full images. (There WAS the case of New Avengers 1-6 having variants that when put together formed a single image–but the “poster variants” were ratioed variants (1:6 or 1:10 or 1:25 or such) which was an issue all its own).

I’ve read reviews of The Incredibles’ comics by reviewers whose opinions I not only trust, but they’ve turned me on to a NUMBER of comics/books/films through the years who have offered glowing reviews of these comics.

And I want to like ’em, want to support ’em as single issues…stuff enjoyable for adults yet appropriate for kids.

But these variants?

It’s a principle.

I won’t support this practice. And by not getting the first issue, I won’t be getting the 2nd issue. And so on.

Bleh.

Tomorrow: should have several new reviews up; tentatively Deadpool #16, World of New Krypton #8[at cX], Haunt #1, and Batman & Robin #5 [at cX].

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