DISNEY DARKWING DUCK #1 [Review]

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DISNEY DARKWING DUCK #1/ Written by AARON SPARROW/ Art by JAMES SILVANI/ Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE/ Letters by ANDWORLD DESIGN/ Published by JOE BOOKS LTD

He is The Terror That Flaps In The Night!

He is the ultra-rare variant cover your comic shop didn’t order!

He is Darkwing Duck!

And he is dangerously close to being out of a job.

Okay, his secret identity of Drake Mallard – mild-mannered single-father – still has some kind of a job. Gas guns and super-motorcycles don’t pay for themselves! Although protecting the city of St. Canard from super-villains and keeping an eye on his rambunctious adopted daughter Gosalyn are full-time jobs in and of themselves!

It’s a handful even with his trusty sidekick/pilot Launchpad McQuack on-hand to help with everything. Still, Drake can’t complain. Okay, he may grumble a bit over attending Family Movie Night with his annoying next-door neighbors, The Muddlefoots, in a bit to appear normal. But he doesn’t complain! And with a newly constructed maximum security super-villain prison having been constructed, Drake can look forward to many more quiet evenings with the neighbors.

(Hmm. Maybe there’s a downside to that new super-villain prison after all?)

Luckily for Drake’s sanity, not all of Darkwing Duck’s enemies are accounted for and one of them is determined to prove that the new prison isn’t as escape-proof as the mayor claims. Unfortunately, said villain decides to test the security on the day that Gosalyn’s class is taking an ill-advised field-trip to the new prison…

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I loved the original Darkwing Duck cartoon, watching it when it first aired as part of The Disney Afternoon back in the day. And the Darkwing Duck comic series which started with The Duck Knight Returns was one of my favorite comics back when Boom! Studios held the license. Naturally, I was quite pleased to hear that the series would be returning with original storytellers Aaron Sparrow and James Silvani.

This volume picks up right where the previous series ended, but the whole thing is remarkably accessible to new readers. In fact, you don’t even have to have seen the original cartoons to enjoy this book! A whole new generation of children will be able to enjoy Darkwing’s adventures even as their parents take a walk down memory lane and the comics fans laugh at the in-jokes and lampshade hangings.  All in all, this book is the same treasure it was before – an all-ages comic that truly is enjoyable by everyone!

Rating 5

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