DuckTales #0 Review!

Yeah, I know. This comic came out months ago, and many of you have already read it. In fact, DuckTales #0 and #1 have sold out their print run at the distribution level. It seems IDW has a hit All-Ages comic on their hands. We thought it would be a great idea to start reviewing them for those of you who are still on the fence about reading them.

You may still find single issues of this comic at your local comic shop. But if they are sold out you have a couple of options. If you prefer a physical copy that you can hold (and will take up space on a bookshelf) the first trade paperback is currently available for preorder at Amazon. Most comic shops would probably be able to order the trade for you as well. If you like reading on your tablet or smartphone Comixology has the single issues marked down to $1.99 each or the trade paperback is available for preorder.

So that’s where you can get it, now how about we discuss why you should get it.

Story A – Big Trouble At Little Lake

Writer – Joe Caramanga

Layouts – Palio Campinoti

Pencils – Andrea Greppi

Inks – Roberta Zanotta

Colorists – Dario Calabria

First Impressions

DuckTales #0 does a fabulous job of providing a fun, new DuckTales adventure that takes absolutely nothing away from the experience of watching the new show. It’s great to have a brand new story about some of these characters, and not just a retelling or the events in the premiere (although that is coming in an upcoming Cinestory release). This is accomplished by telling a prequel story that contains the elements of the show we were expecting. The nephews live with their Uncle Donald, and they travel with him from one job to the next while he tries to raise them and protect them from his horrible luck.

In this story Donald has found a lucrative job as a lake tour guide on the shallowest lake in the world. As a new group begins to load his barge Donald realizes the boys are about to do something that he feels may be a little unsafe. Donald and the boys come to a compromise, but their adventure leads everybody to being stranded on the shallowest lake in the world.

Art

I really love Andrea Greppi’s style of expression. The art is very crisp, and it is very lively. The first time I read this comic I was impressed with the art and what it contributed to the story. Greppi’s Donald is full of expression from his bill to his webbed feet. If you’ve seen the DuckTales reboot these design will be familiar by now. Donald is wearing his comic inspired black sailor outfit. Since his clothes were used for a couple of the jokes in the show’s premiere, it does seem a little odd that Donald would be wearing these clothes before going to work for Glomgold… or why he continued to wear them after… The nephews each have their unique look. And I found myself studying the simplicity of their designs in this comic. There are quite a few background characters in this story and their designs were fun as well.

The Story

I believe Joe Caramagna is a fan of these characters. He gets these characters and he crafts an entertaining tale full of bad luck and misadventures. Reading his take on Donald Duck reminds me of those classic cartoons that I enjoyed as a child. I can see this Donald as the every man from the comics, or the obsessive hobbyist trying to rid his train yard of chipmunks. Huey, Dewy, and Louie are their rebooted personalities and each of the boys add to the story in their own way. Huey takes the lead on providing survival strategies, Dewey tries to seek out the adventure in their situation, and Louie tried to make a few bucks. The story and dialogue are fun and witty. This is a comic that will remind you of the classic Disney Donald comics.

Story B – The Repeating Revenge Of The Screaming Duck

Writer – Joe Caramanga

Artist – Gianfranco Florio

Colorist – Dario Calabria, Giuseppe Fontana

Letterer – Tom B. Long

First Impressions

In the second story of the issue Donald has once again found a job. This time at a secluded hotel that hasn’t been open in years. Donald is wrong in thinking this setting should allow him to keep a close eye on the boys.

His plan falls apart when the boys learn there is someone already staying in the hotel, and they get caught up in his plans. This of course does not work out for Donald.

The first time I read this book the premiere for the DuckTales reboot had not yet aired. These stories were our first glimpses into the personalities of these characters. I read their dialogue with the classic cartoon voices in mind. But after watching the premiere and re-reading this comic I can say Joe’s writing is these characters is spot on!

Art

I love the art in these comics. This story takes place in an old hotel, and the art is a little darker because of the difference in setting. Donald’s expressions of surprise and horror are hilarious and it’s fun to see the trouble the nephews get into.

Story

Joe also provides the story for the second half of the comic. We continue to follow Donald as he looks for work. The Nephews are allowed to explore the old hotel on the luggage carts because it hasn’t reopened and Donald has installed GPS trackers on the carts. The boys quickly become bored with their exploration of the hotel, until they are frightened by a scream!

The story takes an unexpected turn as the boys learn there is one current resident of the hotel. It’s another fun story of the boys unintentionally causing trouble for their Uncle Donald.

Verdict

If you enjoy the current Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge comics I think you will love the new DuckTales comic. The format is fun and a great all-ages book. I loved sharing these stories with my daughters. The stories also add to our understanding of the boys childhood before the show’s premiere, and we learn just how protective Donald has been of the boys.

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