Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Comics Review: Disney's "GARGOYLES Volume 1 #3" - Baby, It's You


STORY: Greg Weisman
ART: George Kambadais
COLORS: George Kambadais
LETTERS: Jeff Eckleberry
EDITOR: Nate Cosby
COVER: David Nakayama
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (February 2023)

Rated “Teen”

“Here in Manhattan” – Chapter Three: “Miracle Child”

“Gargoyles” was an animated television series produced by Walt Disney Television Animation that ran for a total of 78 episodes over three seasons, from October 24, 1994, to February 15, 1997.  The series focused on “gargoyles,” a species of nocturnal creatures that had spent a thousand years in an enchanted petrified state.  Reawakened in modern New York City, they are stone by day, but when day falls, they are warriors, the city's night-time protectors.

“Gargoyles” has been adapted into comic books by both Marvel Comics (1995) and Slave Labor Graphics (2006-09).  Dynamite Entertainment is the new license holder and begins its publication with Gargoyles Volume 1 #1.  The series is written by “Gargoyles” creator Greg Weisman; drawn and colored by George Kambadais; and lettered by Jeff Eckleberry.  The series will act as a “Season 4” of the original television series, following Weisman's preferred story line.

Gargoyles Volume 1 #3 (“Miracle Child”) opens with tensions high in the Manhattan ClanMaggie Reed a.k.a. “Maggie the Cat,” wife of Derek/Talon, is missing along with her midwife.  Maggie is about to give birth to a child, and some believe the culprit to be David Xanatos.  He is the billionaire owner who rebuilt the clan's Scottish castle atop his NYC skyscraper, the Eyrie Building.  However, other members of the clan consider Xanatos to be an ally.

But if it isn't Xanatos, then who is it?  Who wants Maggie and Talon's baby so badly?  And what kind of baby will this blessed event bring forth into the world?

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 Gargoyles #3, only the third Gargoyles comic book that I have read.

With each issue, I find Dynamite's Gargoyles comic book a little less difficult to follow, although I am still figuring out this universe.  Although I was aware of the “Gargoyles” animated series, I never got around to watching it, but I am intrigued by this comic book.  I like that series writer Greg Weisman is keeping things fast paced.  He's always fashioning another angle, and nothing is ever what it seems.

I also immensely enjoyed artist George Kambadais' art on Dynamite's recent John Carter of Mars miniseries.  The dynamic illustrations and shimmering colors he brought to John Carter, he continues to bring to Gargoyles.  His storytelling deftly balances the many subplots and twists and turns of Weisman's narrative, creating a sense of anticipation.

I think that this story arc, “Here in Manhattan,” will read better as a trade paperback, but fans of the franchise will want to start reading this comic book series.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of the Gargoyles franchise will want to try Dynamite's new Gargoyles comic book series.


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


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