Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Comics Review: "DARKWING DUCK Volume 1 #2" is the Real Freakin' Deal in Fun Comics


STORY: Amanda Deibert
ART: Carlo Lauro
COLORS: Carlo Lauro
LETTERS: Jeff Eckleberry
EDITOR: Nate Cosby
COVER: David Nakayama
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (February 2023)

Rated “All Ages”

“Darkwing Duck in… Quackerjack!”

“Darkwing Duck” was an animated superhero comedy television series produced by Walt Disney Television Animation.  It originally aired for three seasons (for a total of 91 episodes) from 1991 to 1992, both as part of the syndicated programming block, “The Disney Afternoon,” and as part of ABC's Saturday morning lineup.  “Darkwing Duck” focused on a suburban duck, Drake Mallard, and his superhero alter-ego, “Darkwing Duck.”  The character was a parody of the pulp fiction vigilante character, The Shadow, and his alter-ego, Kent Allard.

Over a 15-year period, beginning with Disney Comics in 1991, “Darkwing Duck” was adapted into comics and comic books.  The current license holder is Dynamite Entertainment, and they have launched Darkwing Duck Volume 1.  The series is written by Amanda Deibert; drawn and colored by Carlo Lauro; and lettered by Jeff Eckleberry.

Darkwing Duck Volume 1 #2 (“Quackerjack!”) opens in St. Canard, the city hyper-vigilantly defended by the terror that flaps in the night, the ferocious fowl who plucks the evil eye from the face of foul play... Darkwing Duck!  Today is the grand opening of “Q.B. Toy Store,” and Drake Mallard's daughter, Gosalyn, is super-excited, of course.

However, that nefarious ne'er-do-well and bane of Darkwing Duck's existence, the villainous Quackerjack, is also at this store opening.  With his cadre of silly and dangerous, Quackerjack is ready to take down Darkwing Duck.  However, Darkwing, a particularly overprotective father, is worried about Gosalyn and how his heroic lifestyle affects her.  Maybe, he thinks, it is time for him to... retire from being a superhero?!

THE LOWDOWN:  Since July 2021, Dynamite Entertainment's marketing department has been providing me with PDF review copies of some of their titles.  One of them is Darkwing Duck Volume 1 #2, the second Darkwing Duck comic book that I have read.

I have never watched an episode of the “Darkwing Duck” animated series, although I have always wanted to do so, nor have I previously read a Darkwing Duck comic book … although I have wanted to do so.  So it was with great pleasure that I tell you that I found pleasure in reading Darkwing Duck Volume 1 #1.

The creative team of writer Amanda Deibert and artist-colorist Carlo Lauro offered a wonderful first issue, but …  The second issue is even better!  Darkwing Duck Vol. 1 #2 would be outstanding in any golden, silver, copper, bronze, and modern age of Disney comic books.

Deibert's story is exciting and funny and actually quite thoughtful about Darkwing Duck's personal relationships, especially that of his daughter Gosalyn, but also about his sidekick, Launchpad McQuack.  Lauro's art and colors make the story pop and electric slide across the page so that the reader's imagination will follow the action scenes from one page to the next.  Jeff Eckleberry's excellent lettering captures the exciting and dramatic moods of this issue.

As I said in my review of the first issue:  I hope that Dynamite can find success with this title and its other recent Disney release, Gargoyles.  There is an audience for these titles … if it can find them.  But really, if you don't like Darkwing Duck Vol. 1 #2, you probably don't really enjoy reading comic books, dear readers.  They might be a fetish … but are you really down to have fun reading comic books?

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of Darkwing Duck will want to try Dynamite's new Darkwing Duck comic book series.


Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"

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1 comment:

  1. Sorry, but I'm still mad that Disney abandoned the unresolved plotlines from Aaron Sparrow's far-superior run for this series. Also, Darkwing's reason for giving up crime-fighting here seems pretty weak compared to the previous times it happened.