Friday, December 24, 2010

COMIC: Top of the Stack - Chip n' Dale Rescue Rangers #1 (Review)

Written by Ian Brill
Pencils by Leonel Castellani
Cover by Leonel Castellani

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Price: $3.99

The first week of December turned out to be a light week for releases that made it into my stack, making it the perfect opportunity for an underrated book or new book to stand out among the rest. Add that to my excitement of reading the first issue of BOOM! Studios reintroduction to the world of Disney animated franchise, Chip N' Dale Rescue Rangers, and it was easy to see how the premiere issue made it to the top of the stack.

BOOM! put writer Ian Brill on the series, who is already delivering a stellar run on another BOOM! relaunch of a Disney animated series with Darkwing Duck. Like Darkwing Duck, Chip N' Dale Rescue Rangers came from Disney's animated television golden era of the late eighties and early nineties and has a fan base waiting to reconnect with those great characters and eager to introduce those worlds to a new generation that missed out.

Right from the start it was noticeable that Brill had captured the spirit of the characters while leaving hints that the characters weren't quite the same since fans last saw them and that the team has some rough spots that need smoothing over. The story brings readers right into the action, as the Rescue Rangers are in the middle of a pursuit of a super-key that is vital to solving the crisis of animals around the world acting out and being dangerous to the public.

Leonel Castellani brings the art to the book and his cover feels like it came right out of the animated series, a perfect eye catcher to those familiar to the series and newcomers alike. Inside, the characters are wonderfully transitioned to the comic pages with Castellani's skill making it possible for them to display a wide range of emotions in a single panel.

Brill brings these long thought dead Disney franchises back to life with such truth and honesty for the characters that as long as he is on this title I trust it to be one of the best stories every month out of BOOM! Studios. Castellani follows his lead with the art and together they seem to be a solid team to launch the series into existence. A definite must read for Disney, animated, and especially Chip N' Dale fans.

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