Darkwing Duck 8
Storytellers: Aaron Sparrow & James Silvani
Colorist: Paul Little & Wes Dziora
Letterer: AW’s DC Hopkins
Cover: Wes Dziora
This is part two of the story that started off as a Walking Dead parody. Darkwing ends up in an unlikely alliance with his usual foe, Bushroot, to go up against some characters that go all the way back to some of Darkwing’s early stories on the cartoon. They did a good job doing some research to dig up some of these plot points, and they execute the story well.
They even work in a guest shot by GizmoDuck and most of the rest of the Justice Ducks, although Morgana remains sadly missing. There’s a somewhat tragic ending that actually works, which isn’t easy to do in a comedic book like this one. Darkwing does some uncharacteristic bonding with an old foe at the end, which I thought was a nice touch.
Plot: I’ll give this a 4 for plot. They manage a big range of emotion and themes while remaining true to the comedic aspect of the character. That’s not the easiest thing to do.
Art: Action comedy can be hard to illustrate, and they do well with it here. I’ll give them a 3.5 for the art.
Positives: They did some good writing here. I liked how many characters they brought back, and the glimpse of depth in both Darkwing and Bushroot. I would never want Darkwing getting serious, it’s not what the character is about, but this was a nice hint of him being a better rounded character that he usually appears.
Negatives: My biggest negative here is that this is, sadly, the last issue. Darkwing has always been an obscure, fringe character, and I guess that was the case for the book. The ending of the book is sad in and of itself, but that also means there are a lot of sub-plots they never got around to, most especially the missing Morgana Macawber. Hopefully Darkwing and company will manage to return soon, one way or another. If they can relaunch the Duck Tales cartoon, I can hold out hope for Darkwing Duck.
I’ll miss my monthly dose of Darkwing silliness.
Let’s get dangerous!