Boom’s new comic series Darkwing Duck, based on the popular weekday afternoon cartoon block, features a spoof of the superhero genre featuring DW (Darkwing Dark/Drake Mallard), his side kick Launchpad McQuack (of Ducktales fame), DW’s adopted daughter Goslen, and a colorful band of villains. What made this cartoon series so great was that it was never above making fun of itself. While full of cliches and puns, there was enough wit and cleverness in the writing to keep the show interesting.
As for the comic, the 90′s Darkwing Duck mini series came out as part of the Disney Afternoon comic line. Aside from that and a few children books, this is the first attempt at an ongoing series. Does this new series hold up as well as the old cartoon? Keep reading.
First, the color palette is great. The colorist captures the look and tone of the cartoon series perfectly. The charters and scenes are lively and vibrant. The penciler also does a great job of keeping things animated. There’s always something going on in the panels and the character models are dead on. The only difference in quality from this and the cartoon is that one is animated and the other static.
The writing is amazing. From the cover of the first issue we already get a feel for how much of an ego DW has. Anyone who has watched the cartoon knows it’s huge. The dialog matches the characters personalities perfectly. From DW’s trademark, “I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am (fill in the blank). I am Darkwing Duck”, to Liqudators’ salesman-like dialect. Everyone is how they should be.
The page layouts are very easy to read. Every page relies on square or rectangular panels. The lettering is what you would expect from a comic with the sound effects done in large, colorful lettering.
As of now, there have been two issue in this ongoing series. Originally, the miniseries was only scheduled to run until September, but due to fan response has been granted a longer life. So, after issue 4 comes out there will be an issue 5 later in October.
This is a great series that does the original cartoon justice. If you’re a fan if the old show or superhero comics in general, be sure to check this series out. Now if we could only get that last volume of Darkwing Duck out on DVD everything would be perfect.