DARKWING DUCK VOLUME 1 #4
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. (April 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 #4 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 retired, and Drake Mallard is enjoying domestic bliss. He's enjoying it in spite of the awful cooking of his girlfriend, the sorceress Morgana Macawber.
Drake's daughter, Gosalyn, is the one who shatters the bliss when she informs her father that the villain with an evil green thumb, Bushroot, has taken over the community garden. Still, Drake refuses to be Darkwing Duck again, but he will fight Bushroot … as a civilian?! When Bushroot turns the garden into an evil vegetable maze, will Darkwing stay retired?
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 #4, the fourth 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. Writer Amanda Deibert has made my first experience reading a Darkwing Duck comic book series an excellent reading experience. These fun, tongue-in-cheek adventures sparkle with surprises.
Artist-colorist Carlo Lauro brings Deibert's scripts to life with energetic graphical storytelling and vivid colors. It's looks like eye candy for the Disney comic book fans, but is it too good to be true? Should an adult love this comic book as much as I do?
As I said in my review of the first three issues: I hope that Dynamite can find success with this title and with its other recent Disney release, including Gargoyles. They are quality entertainment, 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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