Tuesday, April 4, 2023

Comics Review: "DARKWING DUCK Volume 1 #3" - This Comic Book Keeps Getting Better


STORY: Amanda Deibert
ART: Carlo Lauro
COLORS: Carlo Lauro
LETTERS: Jeff Eckleberry
EDITOR: Nate Cosby
COVER: Lesley “Leirix: Li
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (March 2023)

Rated “All Ages”

“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 #3 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, however, Darkwing Duck is nowhere to be found, and all the gardeners from St. Carnard City Park have vanished!  So where is the city's hero, asks Mayor Owlson?  Where is he when the city really needs him, she wonders.

Drake Mallard and his daughter, Gosalyn, are in the wilderness of Transylvania because Drake has a proposal to make to his girlfriend, the sorceress Morgana Macawber.  The proposal isn't quite what Morgana expects, and her father, Moloculo Macawber, and his new partner, Launchpad McQuack(!), have something to say about it anyway.

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 #3, the third 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.  However, the magic that writer Amanda Deibert brings to this Darkwing Duck comic book makes me want to hurry up and watch some episodes.  This is simply a joy to read, and I lack the words to describe how happy reading this makes me.  Clever dialogue and sparkling fantasy characters:  it all comes together in hugely entertaining stories.

Artist-colorist Carlo Lauro's work here is now among my all-time favorite Disney comic book art and graphical storytelling.  Lauro fills his pages with fantastic images and action that pops off the page.  This is all-ages comics genius.

As I said in my review of the first two issues:  I hope that Dynamite can find success with this title and with its other recent Disney release, Gargoyles.  They are both excellent, and Darkwing Duck Volume 1 is flat-out great.

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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