I’ve really been enjoying the new Ducktales series on Disney XD. Honestly, I’ve enjoyed a lot of Disney XD’s shows (Gravity Falls, Star Wars: Rebels, Ducktales) and I’m glad that they’re at least branching this one out into a comic book based directly off the show.
It makes a lot of sense for this show, in particular, because of how much the show itself seems to draw directly from comic books. This is especially true for the show’s opening, which looks like it was ripped directly from a the pages of a comic book, and was one of the things that really grabbed me and made me fall in love with the show itself.
I’ll start out by saying that I really like the art style of the comic book. It mirrors the show and is engaging and easy to follow. Bright colors, clear lines, expressive faces and smooth action sequences really immerse you in what’s going on. The writing is also great, with the same witty, engaging dialogue that has made the new show so popular. They seem to pay particular attention to Scrooge McDuck, which is good, because David Tennant gives such an entertaining performance that it would be a shame not to have that charisma reflected in the comic.
I also like how much we see Donald get angry in this, we see it in the show too, but somehow it sort of pops more in the comic. Maybe because by the time of the show everyone is used to him being this way, but during this comic he’s still young and everyone is still sort of like “So… you’re just Kylo Ren if he had no magic and no ambition huh? Just an aimless ball of anger directed at your own family members? That’s your thing?” Honestly, it’s pretty entertaining.
I think one of the best parts of the comic though, obviously, is getting to know Della Duck (the mother of Huey, Duey and Louie) as a character. Since she’s not a part of the show like the other two, this is one of the only real windows we get into getting to know her. It’s also really interesting to see the differences in the group dynamics between younger Scrooge with Della and Donald, and older Scrooge with the triplets.
I enjoyed this issue in particular because of how much we saw the older set, and because the stories were funny and seemed very consistent with the show. I haven’t read any of the other issues, but I assume they are equally enjoyable. If you’re looking to learn more about Della and her adventures with Donald and Scrooge though, this issue is definitely a great choice.
In conclusion, if you’re enjoying the new Ducktales series, I would really suggest you give this comic a read. Odds are, if you like the show, you’re already a comic book fan anyway, and these comics definitely hold to the high writing standard set by the show, and give you valuable insight into the past adventures of the older members of the Duck family.
Rating: 4.8 out of 5 Stars
Art: 5 Stars
Cover: 5 Stars
Dialogue: 5 Stars
Plot/Story: 4.5 Stars
(W) Joey Cavaleri (A) Luca Usai, Graziano Barbaro, Andrea Greppi, Roberta Zanotta (CA) Marco Ghiglione (A/CA) Giuseppe Fontana