This is a great example of the simple, and silly, storytelling that is the Darkwing Duck comic. I think it perfectly captures the flavor of the show. If you enjoyed the cartoon, this should be right up your alley. This is my usual rebuttal when someone accuses me of taking my comics and superheroes too seriously, because let’s face it, Darkwing isn’t remotely serious.
The framing sequences are Darkwing showing Gosalyn and Honker around his secret base. Not that they haven’t been there before, but Honker has been hired (at a whole ten cents an hour!) to help organize the Darkwing Files. This, of course, is the perfect excuse to do a flashback story. “The Kitty Cat Caper!” is a story from one of Darkwing’s past cases with SHUSH. It has most of the DW standbys- silliness, Darkwing’s overconfidence, and a bizarre villain. The only thing missing is Gosalyn getting involved in the case, but she does manage to interject herself in Darkwing’s narration. There’s an extra bit about the background of the villain on the pages in back, and a few files on various villains, with Darkwing’s commentary.
Plot: It’s a confusing case of kidnapping and coincidences! (Great, now he’s got ME doing it…). Basically, it’s entertaining. I had fun with it, and I consider myself a pretty big Darkwing fan. I’ll give it a 3.5 out of 5.
Art: The art is in the same style as the cartoon, combining superhero action with cartoon goofiness. I’m not sure why Darkwing keeps switching back and forth from his more classic turtleneck look to the suit and tie. I prefer the turtleneck. Wearing a tie into combat, even Disney goofiness, isn’t a smart choice. I’ll give the art a 4 out of 5.
Positives: It was fun. Really, isn’t that the big point? Darkwing and Launchpad are up their usual antics, and it really reminds me of the cartoon, which I keep hoping will come back in some form. Gosalyn is her usually spunky, smart-alec self.
Negatives: Nothing really. It was a fine outing in Darkwing’s usual over-dramatic style
As a bonus, here’s a shot of some Darkwing and Launchpad cosplay from this year’s DragonCon.
Darkwing Duck #5
Writer: Aaron Sparrow
Artist: James Silvani
Colorist: Paul Little
Letterer: AW’s DC Hopkins
Cover: James Silvani (guessing, not credited)