Sometimes life is like a hurricane! I will come clean right off the bat and say I am an 80’s kid not a 90’s kid. I still had one heck of an appreciation for the Disney afternoon however. I never admitted it back then. It wasn’t exactly cool to brag about DuckTales and Tailspin in high school back in those days. I may have still snuck in the occasional Darkwing t-shirt and reference however. I was pretty excited to learn that Disney was reviving the cornerstone of that afternoon of magic, DuckTales. Can you catch lightning in a bottle twice? You just might. Thoughts on the new show aside, I had a chance to review the new comic. I have to tell you, it works.
The art is just different enough to be fresh, but not ao different that the characters we love become unrecognizable. Two artists handle the separate stories in this book. Luca Usai handles the line work on “The Chilling Secret of the Lighthouse” and Gianfranco Florio on “The Great Experiment of the Washing Machine”. The writer, letterer, and colorists are Joe Caramagna, Tom B. Long, and Guiseppe Fontana respectively.
It is a fun book! It manages to recapture a bit of that old magic, and still keep it new enough not to be a rehash of things we have already seen. It is an all ages affair, so if you are looking for gravitas and heavy character development, you probably shouldn’t be grabbing this issue. If you ARE looking for a fun couple of stories that move quickly, have Donald losing his temper, and three color coded ducklings getting into trouble, then look no further. This is the book for you.
There are some funny moments, and they manage to give each character a distinctive trait, and voice. If you are like me you are reading the dialog in the voices you remember in your head, so Donald’s tirades and Huey, Dewey, and Louie yelling for “Uncle Donald” will make you smile. If you have newer fans of a younger generation and want to give them something to read, go right ahead. They will have a chance to enjoy something that you enjoy also! Always a cool thing!
There is no ongoing plot, and both stories are self-contained, much like the two fifteen-minute segments of a half an hour animated show. If I have any complaints at all about this book it is this; I miss Uncle Scrooge, and Launchpad. It is the first issue, and I know I can’t have everything at once, but I didn’t say it was a big complaint (plus if you read to the end ol’ Scrooge McDuck is front and center on the preview cover to number 2).
I give this issue 4.5 out of 5 stars and if you are a fan, you definitely need to pick it up. Junior Woodchuck’s honor!
(W) Joe Caramagna (A) Lucas Usai, Gianfranco Florio (CA) Marco Ghiglione