Posts Tagged ‘Uncle Scrooge’
Here at High Five! Comics, we’re known supporters, readers, and sometime stalkers of Mark Waid and the crew at BOOM! Studios. We appreciate anyone with an “!” in their name, Waid is a great talent, and frankly, almost every title these guys are putting out right now is great.
BOOM! is debuting two new titles this week: The Anchor and Uncle Scrooge. Maggie already talked about Uncle Scrooge so I’ll simply remind you that it’s way fun and worth checking out if you have kids or if you loved Duck Tales as a kid.
I’ll be honest, I’ve been kinda excited about The Anchor since I read its preview in Irredeemable #5. To be fair I typically go out for quasi-Christian mythology based fiction so, the idea of God’s ogre sitting at the gates of hell fighting demons sounded interesting to me. The Anchor is conceptually straight forward: good monster beating the crap out of bad monsters. Phil Hester gives a few nods to an old-style comic writing in the dialogue and the narrative manages to be fun without getting too campy. Brian Churilla’s art is stylized and interesting, and it’s bloody as hell. It’s too soon to declare this a must read, but it has the potential to be a pretty rad epic with Biblical themes and monsters smashing bigger monsters.
Also out this week is the next issue of 28 Days Later which Rob has been following with consistent interest.
Last week, BOOM! gave us Irredeemable #7 which was f**king awesome and the first trade of Muppet Robin Hood was released. BOOM! is solid with its licensed material and this is no exception. I love the Muppets and Tim Beedle does a super job of taking everything that ruled about the Kermit Universe and plays it like a maestro with beautiful accompaniment by Armand Villavert Jr’s art. The best part about licensed stuff is you can totally hear the characters’ voices in your head when you read it. Oh, and it’s actually good. I was expecting a phoned in easy dollar (I’m sure Muppets sell themselves at this point) but what we see is a quality bit of work that got me wanting to bust out and rewatch my copy of “The Muppet Movie”.
All in all, we have a solid week coming up from BOOM! as they continue writing fun and interesting titles. Oh, and just for funsies, go ahead and check out the first five pages of Uncle Scrooge right here, right now!
BOOM! Studios is doing an amazing job getting comics into the lollipop-stickied hands of kids again. They’ve got licenses to the Pixar pantheon, the Muppets, and the classic Disney characters. I skipped Mickey & Friends (my kid brother’s only two years old, I’ll read the TPB to him in a year or so), but I’m a product of the Disney Afternoon generation, so I’m definitely not skipping the new Uncle Scrooge books.
Our wedding DJ was shocked at the elated response of our guests when we insisted he play the Ducktales theme-song, but is it really very shocking that a bunch of twenty-somethings still had love for what was inarguably one of the best cartoons of our childhood? The Disney Duck-verse – and yes, students, the Duck-verse IS it’s own entity – has strong roots in comics; returning our feathered friends to the comics page is a smart move for both BOOM! and Disney. Even if they bring Ducktales back tomorrow, children’s cartoons are never, ever going to be as awesome as they were when I was a kid – but this comic totally is.
The bizarre nature of the Duck-verse lends itself to a classic comic book sensibility more readily than most of the other properties in BOOM!’s stable. There’s an established insular universe, bizarre side characters, and even an intricate continuity that doesn’t exist within the other classic Disney properties. The modern Duck-verse is largely the brainchild of Don Rosa, who wrote nearly all of the late 80s & early 90s Duck-verse comics. From what I understand, BOOM! has been working closely with him on the Uncle Scrooge property; there are even plans to release definitive editions of Rosa’s earlier Scrooge work.
The new ongoing Uncle Scrooge book by Erik Hedman feels comfortingly familiar, like getting an old friend back. The plot is classic Ducktales (which itself was classic Uncle Scrooge); a missing treasure, a haunted castle in Germany, Magica wants to steal Scrooge’s Number One Dime. Ducktales cartoons always felt like the animation equivalent of a Rube Goldberg device, and Uncle Scrooge doesn’t disappoint. Trap doors, bizarre gadgets, and secret passageways abound; Wanda Gattino’s artwork drops you right back into the bizarre McDuck universe like you never stopped visiting after fifth grade. A few pages in, I realized I was hearing their voices. Scrooge’s brogue, Donald’s lisp, Magica’s vaguely eastern european accent – Ducktales was such a big part of my childhood that my brain was “doing the voices” in my head. Awesome.
Uncle Scrooge is the best kind of nostalgia, the kind that makes you love your childhood all over again without inspiring deja vu. The “first” issue, which is number #384, comes out next week, and if you’re still touchy about walking into a comic shop, you can pick up all the BOOM! Kids titles at Borders. Buy this book even if you don’t have a kid brother to read it to. Seriously, drop the $2.99, make yourself some Tang & vodka (or just eat the powder, yum!) and have fun with this. And just in case you’ve all forgotten how much you loved Ducktales (which, wow, how did you do that?), here ya go:
By the way, BOOM!? When are we going to see Launchpad? Or Von Drake? And when are they going to visit Cape Canard? AHEM? I mean, Darkwing and Scrooge share the same pilot, it’s not THAT much of a stretch, right?
Update: Read a five page preview of Uncle Scrooge!