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Darkwing Duck 8

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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!

Darkwing Duck 7

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Darkwing Duck 7

Storytellers: Aaron Sparrow & James Silvani
Colorist: Andrew Dalhouse, Paul Little, & Matt Herms
Letterer: Brandon Stefano

One of the things I really like about Darkwing is the sense of humor. It’s superhero satire to start with, but sometimes steps up the game. This issue was, in large part, a parody of the Walking Dead. The nods to scenes from the show, not to mention Launchpad in a vest with a crossbow, were really done.

The real menace has to do with evil vegetables. In the world of Darkwing Duck, this means Bushroot, but there’s more going on than the usual villain. There’s a mad scientist lurking in the background, as well as a very obscure character from DW’s past. Aside from Herb Muddlefoot as Negan, there’s also a surprise at the end as another figure from the past makes a last page appearance, as well a nod to a very famous hero origin.

Plot: This was just damned entertaining. Darkwing is great in and of himself. Putting him in full homage mode with something as big as Walking Dead is just tons of fun. I’m giving this a 4 out of 5 for pure entertainment value.

Art: I’ll go 4 out of 5 for art, too. The nods to a few classic Walking Dead scenes were great.

Positives: This was just amusement pure and simple. Darkwing is consistently goofy fun, and this captures the spirit of the original cartoon really well.

Negatives: I really can’t think of any. I admit to being biased, as both a Darkwing and Walking Dead fan.

Darkwing Duck #5

 

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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. Read the rest of this entry

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