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If you were born in the mid-8os like me, you have fond memories of watching the Disney Afternoon line-up of cartoons. Nothing beat coming home from first grade, plunking down in front of the TV, and binging on Darkwing Duck, DuckTales, TaleSpin, and Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers all in a row. BOOM! Studios has already released their surprisingly popular Darkwing Duck book so the next logical step would be to tap into another property that we’re all nostalgic for.

With Darkwing Duck writer Ian Brill taking on scripting duties, BOOM! is taking a crack at the Chip ‘n Dale franchise by not only giving the beloved series its own title but immediately making it an ongoing. Add Marvel Super Hero Squad artist Leonel Castellani, and this book seems like it’d be perfect fare for the kids, not to mention the grown ups who still ong for the feel-good nineties.

Thing is, this book seems to be geared more for people who grew up watching the show rather than those unfamiliar with the characters. While the team tries to recover something called the super-key and fight a bunch of crazed animals who are all surrounded by a weird red aura (none of which is explained at all yet), the book gives us little peeks into the pasts of Gadget, Monterey Jack, and even Zipper which help explain why the characters are the way they are. As a former fan of the show, Brill does an amazing job of keeping the characters just as they were. Chip is still the same unlikeable douchebag he was on the cartoon, Dale is still cracking jokes left and right, and Zipper still wants to be the most heroic housefly that’s ever lived (two week life span be damned).

If you’ve enjoyed Brill’s work on Darkwing Duck or were a fan of the old series, chances are that you’ll get a kick out of this book, out Thursday.

Now I guess we just gotta hold out for BOOM’s inevitable TaleSpin comic (half-joke?).

Christmas came early this year! This morning, I woke up to a five page preview of BOOM! Studios‘ upcoming Darkwing Duck title. I’ve been a little nervous ever since the miniseries was announced because this thing has the potential to completely ruin my childhood. I needn’t have worried. Darkwing is safe under the stewardship of writer Ian Brill and artist James Silvani. Brill’s Darkwing effortlessly blends irreverence with cantankerousness, Launchpad is an idiot, and Megavolt shows up with a stupid, stupid, scheme.  Disney Afternoon enthusiasts will get a kick out of seeing Darkwing back in action,  people who hate happiness won’t be interested.

Check it out!

If you want your beloved Disney Afternoon heroes to come back to life in comic book form, apparently all you have to do is ask.

Last October at Long Beach Comic Con, BOOM! Studios hosted a panel on their upcoming titles, including a few from their Disney line; Uncle Scrooge and Mickey Mouse. The second I saw ducks, I shot my hand up and asked when we’d be seeing a Darkwing Duck comic – at the time, the answer was something along the lines of “Not sure, maybe never.” Turns out, they were either playing coy last year or their plans changed because I just received this press release:

March 13th, 2010 – Seattle, WA – He is the terror that flaps in the night. He is the super-hero that is about to make his return. He is…DARKWING DUCK! This June, Disney and BOOM! Studios herald the triumphant comeback of the beloved Disney Afternoon star with DARKWING DUCK: THE DUCK KNIGHT RETURNS. Lanchpad McQuack, Gosalyn Mallard, and the fiercest of Darkwing’s rogue gallery all join the daring duck of mystery in an all-new, completely original four-issue mini-series: DARKWING DUCK: THE DUCK KNIGHT RETURNS!

Whether you’re a Darkwing fan from the hit TV show or want to discover this cherished character for the first time, this new mini-series delivers all the madcap adventurous spirit that made a fan out of millions!

Written by Ian Brill (ZOMBIE TALES) and James Silvani (MUPPET KING ARTHUR), the mini-series sees Darkwing’s city of St. Canard under the control of a mysterious corporation. Darkwing’s been out of commission for a while but when his friends and family are under attack…you better watch out you bad boys! Darkwing fights new villains as well as old, for Megavolt, Quackerjack, Liquidator and Bushroot are on the loose!

“It’s such a dream to bring back Darkwing, a favorite of mine and millions of other’s,” says series writer Brill. “Everyone involved in this book are working tirelessly to make sure this comic has the same feel of anarchic fun of the TV series, while still presenting a whole new adventure in the life of Darkwing.”

Debuting in 1991 as a spin-off of the hugely popular DUCK TALES, DARKWING DUCK brought super-hero action and excitement to the Disney Afternoon animation block, captivating viewers for years. Shown around the world, DARKWING DUCK is still a fan-favorite of pop culture fans everywhere.

DARKWING DUCK: THE DUCK KNIGHT RETURNS #1 is written by Ian Brill with interior art by James Silvani. The debut issues features two covers in a 50/50 split by Magic Eye Studios and Silvani respectively and a 1-in-10 incentive cover by Silvani and Jake Myler.

I’m not gonna lie to you, I’m more excited about this than I am about the new Flash run. And I love the Flash. We’ll be sure to preview the return of Darkwing for all you nineties kid comic nerds out there as soon as it’s available!

Let’s. Get. Dangerous!

Licensed titles have traditionally sucked. They’re usually put out as big money grabs with crappy stories and half assed art. Notsomuch anymore. Dark Horse is built on well-executed licensed titles, and BOOM! has followed their, lead – though with much lighter fare.
Jurassic Park – Rob: A lot of people say that this franchise should have been laid to rest along side Michael Crichton, but hear me out. Granted, the third movie wasn’t all it could have been (or, frankly, all it should have been). But look at how open ended it was! Just like the other two movies, it ended with, “Island full of dinosaurs? Fuck this, let’s bail.” This means that Isla Nublar and Isla Sorna are STILL FULL OF DINOSAURS! Here’s what I thinking. Forget making a “Jurassic Park 4.” Nobody cares what happened to Lex, she was annoying anyways. There hasn’t been a Jurassic Park comic since Topps dropped them in 1997 and there hasn’t been a good Jurassic Park comic since, like, never. See what I’m getting at here? [For the record, I completely and utterly disagree with this. -Maggie]
Quantum Leap – Oh boy. So technically Quantum Leap got the comic book treatment once before, to the tune of about 13 issues back in the early nineties. But that was back when the show was still running and there weren’t tons of twenty-somethings with a loving nostalgia for the awesomeness that was Sam & Al. Plus, “Dr. Sam Beckett never returned home” my ass! A Quantum Leap title could never go on forever, but we could stand to see Dr. Beckett leap around a bit, and dammit! I want him to get home! Plus, just the prospect of characters resembling Dean Stockwell and Scott Bakula would pretty much guarantee some serious coinage from science fiction geeks.
Back to the Future – You know what was wrong with the Back to the Future Harvey comics from the nineties? Waaaay too much like the mediocre cartoon, not even close to the awesome movies. If we got some realistic art on this, it could be really, really good! There are a billion generations of Tannens to push around a billion generations of McFlys and as long as they all vaguely resemble Michael J. Fox and Crispin Glover, you’ve got yourself an ongoing title. I refuse to hold the cartoon canon and, dammit, I wanna know what Doc, Clara, and the kids really did after inventing steampunk and cruising around on the flux capacitor enhanced locomotive!!
Darkwing Duck – Let’s. Get. Dangerous. Darkwing Duck was himself an homage to pulp & noir comics heroes. He’s got his own rediculous rogues gallery, a stupid sidekick, and you can plug him into wider Duck-verse pretty much at-will. Seriously, co-feature D.W. in Uncle Scrooge (c’mon, get Launchpad all up in both!) and then move him to his own book. Get it on the rack at Borders so non-comics folks will buy it, put it on the direct market and all the twenty-something geeks already buying comics will FREAK OUT and fork over the $2.99. I really don’t see how this could possibly go wrong.
The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. – Thematically descended from The Wild Wild West, The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr became so much more than its ancestor. Short lived though it was, Brisco County established a rich, bigger than life, totally AWESOME universe. The quips! The fights! The gadgets! (Man, don’t the steampunk kids go nuts for that kind of thing?) The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr was tragically cancelled after just one season, thanks to being stuck in the “Friday Night Death Slot.” But is there anyone between the ages of, say, twenty and twenty seven, who didn’t love the hell out of this show? Hell, Brisco still had something like four more members of the John Bly Gang to wreak vengeance upon for his father’s murder!  Just imagine, a big two page opening splash with Brisco carrying on a one-sided conversation with Comet! Bowler and Brisco skirting the edges of the law, hunting bounty! Brisco and Dixie squabbling! Socrates falling off his horse! Hell, someone give me a license and I’ll write the damn thing myself! How has this not happened yet? Carlton Cuse, quit dicking around with Lost and get on this!
Seriously, who do I send postcards to? Who owns the rights? HOW DO WE MAKE THIS HAPPEN?

*…unless they suck, in which case you’ll have ruined my childhood and I’ll never forgive you, ever. Ahem.

Licensed titles have traditionally sucked. They were usually put out as big money grabs with crappy stories and half assed art. Notsomuch anymore. Dark Horse is built on well-executed licensed titles, and BOOM! has followed their lead – though with much lighter fare for the most part. We got to thinkin’, what licensed titles would we lay out our hard earned cash for? This isn’t a top five by any means, but I’ll tell you right now that I want the last item on this list to come out NEXT FREAKING WEEK.

jurassic-park-12-jeff-goldblum-sam-neill-dr-ian-malcolm-dr-alan-grantJurassic Park – Rob: A lot of people say that this franchise should have been laid to rest along side Michael Crichton, but hear me out. Granted, the third movie wasn’t all it could have been (or, frankly, all it should have been). But look at how open ended it was! Just like the other two movies, it ended with, “Island full of dinosaurs? Fuck this, let’s bail.” This means that Isla Nublar and Isla Sorna are STILL FULL OF DINOSAURS! Here’s what I thinking. Forget making a Jurassic Park 4. Nobody cares what happened to Lex, she was annoying anyways. There hasn’t been a Jurassic Park comic since Topps dropped them in 1997 and there hasn’t been a good Jurassic Park comic since, like, never. See what I’m getting at here? [For the record, I completely and utterly disagree with this. -Maggie]

quantum_leapQuantum Leap – Oh boy. So technically Quantum Leap got the comic book treatment once before, to the tune of about 13 issues back in the early nineties. But that was back when the show was still running and there weren’t tons of twenty-somethings with a loving nostalgia for the awesomeness that was Sam & Al. Plus, “Dr. Sam Beckett never returned home” my ass! A Quantum Leap title could never go on forever, but we could stand to see Dr. Beckett leap around a bit, and dammit! I want him to get home! Plus, just the prospect of characters resembling Dean Stockwell and Scott Bakula would pretty much guarantee some serious coinage from science fiction geeks.

back_to_the_futureBack to the Future – You know what was wrong with the Back to the Future Harvey comics from the nineties? Waaaay too much like the mediocre cartoon, not even close to the awesome movies. If we got some realistic art on this, it could be really, really good! There are a billion generations of Tannens to push around a billion generations of McFlys and as long as they all vaguely resemble Michael J. Fox and Crispin Glover, you’ve got yourself an ongoing title. I refuse to hold the cartoon canon and, dammit, I wanna know what the Doctors Brown & Family really did (after inventing steampunk) while cruising around on their flux capacitor enhanced locomotive!!

darkwing-duck-cartoonDarkwing Duck – Let’s. Get. Dangerous. Darkwing Duck was himself an homage to pulp & noir comics heroes. He’s got his own ridiculous rogues gallery, a stupid sidekick, and you can plug him into wider Duck-verse pretty much at-will. Seriously, co-feature D.W. in Uncle Scrooge (c’mon, get Launchpad all up in both!) and then move him to his own book. Get it on the rack at Borders so non-comics folks will buy it, put it on the direct market and all the twenty-something geeks already buying comics will FREAK OUT and fork over the $2.99. I really don’t see how this could possibly go wrong.

briscocountyThe Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. – Thematically descended from The Wild Wild West, The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr became so much more than its ancestor. Short lived though it was, Brisco County established a rich, bigger than life, totally AWESOME universe. The quips! The fights! The gadgets! (Man, don’t the steampunk kids go nuts for that kind of thing?) The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr was tragically cancelled after just one season, thanks to being stuck in the “Friday Night Death Slot.” But is there anyone between the ages of, say, twenty and twenty seven, who didn’t love the hell out of this show? Hell, Brisco still had something like four more members of the John Bly Gang to wreak vengeance upon for his father’s murder!  Just imagine, a big two page opening splash with Brisco carrying on a one-sided conversation with Comet! Bowler and Brisco skirting the edges of the law, hunting bounty! Brisco and Dixie squabbling! Socrates falling off his horse! Hell, someone give me a license and I’ll write the damn thing myself! How has this not happened yet? Carlton Cuse, quit dicking around with Lost and get on this!

Seriously, who do I send postcards to? Who owns the rights? HOW DO WE MAKE THIS HAPPEN?

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