Allow me to begin this review by explaining the concept of a Cinestory Comic with those who are unfamiliar with the term. Cinestory Comics are publications that are composed of frames from a movie, cartoon, or television show that are arranged to be read like a comic book utilizing word and thought balloons. There is no new art. Joe Books has put out a number of Cinestory Comics over the past few years (and cancelled a few on the way).
Now, I’ll move on to the story… mostly because there isn’t much to say that we haven’t already said about this story. The premiere episode of DuckTales 2017 is titled Woo-oo! And this Cinestory re-tells that episode. I was pleased that it includes the full two-part story. So we see the Duck/McDuck Family come together, and we see the adventure to Atlantis. If you enjoyed “Woo-oo!” everything you loved about that story is in this comic. It’s especially great for young readers.
Ok, so what about the format? I was very surprised when this book arrived at my home. I expected it to be the same format as a new trade paperback or graphic novel… but it’s close to the size of a paperback novel. The book is 5″ x 8″ and is almost an inch thick.
The paper used in this Cinestory reminds me of comic books from the late 80s or early 90s. It’s that heavy grain paper that is just a few steps above newspaper. The pages are thick enough that they are not easy to rip.
The art in DuckTales 2017 is stylized in a way to resemble a comic printed on this type of paper… so it kind of works. As I said earlier, there is no new art and the images come straight from the production of the show. Don’t expect to see anything new, but it is great reference material for you fan artists.
I paid around $6 for this book. When I consider that I am supporting the brand and that my daughters will enjoy reading this story for years to come, I am happy with my purchase. And I think I will use it both to come up with images for our podcast and for art references.