Thursday, August 26, 2010

COMIC: Top of the Stack - Darkwing Duck #3 (Review)

Written by Ian Brill
Art by James Silvani
Cover by Giorgio Cavazzano & Joe Macasocol Jr.

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Price: $3.99

The world of licensed properties is one full of hit and misses as companies try to capitalize on the popularity of a brand and turn it into a multimedia franchise. When it comes to comics made for licensed properties the likelihood of the new stories reaching a similar quality as the original product is higher than other forms of media. BOOM! Studios is one comic publishing company that has its own line of licensed books and has done a great job of keeping the spirit of the licenses in the books.

In a week where readers said goodbye to Star Wars Legacy with its final issue and several Avengers books came out - seems like every week these days - it was a book created around the early nineties Disney cartoon, Darkwing Duck, that captured my imagination.

In this third issue our hero Drake Mallard has returned to his old Darkwing costume and is reunited with his sidekick pilot Launchpad McQuack. They cross paths with the remaining villains of the Fearsome Five: Bushroot, Megavolt, Quackerjack and the Liquidator but another classic Darkwing villain returns as the mastermind behind Quackwerks is revealed.

The story stays true to the spirit of the show and the art of the book keeps to the style of the characters and is a true representation of the tv show in comic book form. The artist, James Silvani has a knack for making the book feel and look like the classic show we all remember.

Fans of the show are still out there and that became clearly visible when BOOM! announced that this series which was originally planned to be a four issue mini was being turned into an ongoing due to the demand. That is exciting news for readers because Darkwing Duck is another successful example of a classic show finding new life in a new media of comic books. Keep reading, you won't be disappointed and let's get dangerous!

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