We’ve enjoyed the shorter stories that IDW’s DuckTales comic have been providing for over a year now. Each issue has included two separate stories that have focused on our favorite family of adventuring ducks. Issues #14 and #15 have strayed away from this format to offer readers two longer stories, and I have to say I prefer these lengthier stories.
We knew December’s DuckTales #15 would include a two part story that centered around Gyro Gearloose. If there is one thing season two of DuckTales has lacked it has Gyro. DuckTales has recreated many of our favorite classic DuckTales characters, but one of my all-time favorite from the new show is Gyro. I have been eagerly anticipating this story to satisfy my need for more Gyro stories. Here is the issue description provided by IDW.
DuckTales #15—Cover A & Cover B: Marco Ghiglione
Steve Behling (wr) • Gianfranco Florio (a) • Marco Ghiglione (c)
Join us for a special two-part tale of mystery, mayhem, and technological terror as we present “The Greatest Invention He’s Never Had” Parts 1 and 2! It’s 20 pulse-pounding pages of action and suspense as Scrooge and company must deal with one of Gyro Gearloose’s unstable inventions after things (unsurprisingly) get out of hand!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
The story for this issue was crafted solely by Joe Caramagna, and it is a great addition to the DuckTales storyline. I love how the comics include these side stories that provide additional insight into the characters, their relationships, and things going on around Duckburg. There are so many characters on DuckTales that each and every episodes moves at an astounding pace. Aside from a few stories we have seen very little of Duckburg and the happenings around the central family’s adventures.
This issue opens with Scrooge finding Webby and Dewey watching DuckTales version of “Shark Tank,” and they are all surprised to find that Gyro has taken his latest invention to the show for funding. Scrooge is upset because all of Gyro’s inventions should be McDuck property, and the trio head to the television studio to confront Gyro. Of course things go awry and they must save Gyro from his own creation.
Oh! I almost forgot to mention that this issue includes appearances by Mark Beaks and Flintheart Glomgold! Joe’s story is a lot of fun, and something I could see the show’s creators doing in an episode. Things get just enough crazy, but the characters all seem true to the show’s depictions.
The art, as always, fits the art style of the show. I love how expressive and animated the characters are. Although there are multiple artists on the comic the transitions are not as abrupt as you might experience from other books. I believe that is a testament to the dedication these artist have to ensuring the comic retains the look of the show.
Whether you’ve been reading the DuckTales comics or are considering issue #15 as your first story I highly recommend picking up this issue. The longer story feels right for the book, and I hope to see IDW continue this trend moving forward.
You can check out the comics preview HERE, and check out the covers below.