DuckTales has been rebooted on Disney XD for a new generation to enjoy. The show had a successful premiere and after only a handful of episodes became the channels most watched show in over two years! The show has received positive reviews and is considered fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. The reboot is a bonafide success, and was picked up for a second season before the premiere even aired.
For some of us, the cartoon represents most of our Disney Duck experience. However, there is a large portion of the fandom who not only know the toon, but who have also read the comics. These fans may have read the classic comics before Duckatales aired in 1987, or maybe they found the older comics trying to satisfy their appetite for more Scrooge or the boys.
The creators of the reboot have said on many occasions that they have been influenced just as much by the comics as the previous cartoon. It wasn’t until I was an adult that I came to realize that the DuckTales of my childhood were inspired by classic Disney Comics from the 1940s and 50s. In fact, it wasn’t until I started getting hyped for the reboot that I realized these comics were so influential on the 80’s show.
With the reboot owing many of its elements to the comics of the past, it is no surprise that it has also received a new comic series. The new series is published by IDW. The comic debuted on September 27th with an issue #0. The stories for the first five issues function as a prequel for the new show. The first two issues tell four stories about Donald and the boys before Donald goes to Scrooge for help. We see Donald struggle to find work that will allow him to keep a close eye on the boys, and stay clear of trouble. He finds this more difficult than you may imagine. The stories were written by Joe Caramagna, and the art has been provided by Luca Usai, Giuseppe Fontana, Tom B. Long, Gianfranco Florio, and Dario Calabria.
Previews for issues #2 & #3 indicate a story about Donald and Scrooge’s adventures from before the boys. The advertising for these issues included images of the covers, but a third character was blotted out with a question mark over their image. The final pages of issue #1 revealed the unaltered cover, and the third adventurer is none other than Della Duck. Della is the sister of Donald Duck and the mother of Huey, Dewey, and Louie. We learned in the show’s premiere that she adventured with Donald and Scrooge before she mysteriously disappeared.
The show will have individual stories each week, but there are a few mysteries that will continue throughout this first season. One of those mysteries for this season is about what happened to Della Duck. It will be interesting to see how much we learn about Della and her relationships with Donald and her Uncle Scrooge in this comic.
Issue #2 (which is the third comic released) will be available on Wednesday November 1st. If your local comic shop hasn’t already ordered the comic it might be too late to get it for this week’s release. But most shops have the ability to get it for you in a couple of weeks. If you want to read them right away they are available on Comixology.com for $1.99 each for issues #0 & #1, and you can preorder issue #2.
The first few issues will be released in a trade paperback on November 29th. This will also be available as a collection on Comixology.com, you can order it from your local comic shop, or you can preorder it on Amazon.com.