- Series: Darkwing Duck (Book 5)
- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: KaBOOM!; Original edition (February 7, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1608862518
- ISBN-13: 978-1608862511
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,570,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Darkwing Duck / Ducktales: Dangerous Currency Paperback – February 7, 2012
Against the backdrop of an ancient battle between the forces of Light and the forces of Darkness, Aidan struggles to control the newly awakened and enigmatic powers that seem to be his only hope for rescuing Ava, his little sister, trapped somewhere beyond the Veil. Paperback | Kindle book | See more for Teen and Young Adult readers
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The "Dangerous Currency" story is the icing on the delicious 7-layer cake that was the Darkwing Duck comic book series, written by the remarkably-talented Ian Brill and primarily illustrated by the equally-talented James Silvani. For fans of the classic TV series, this comic book series was an inspired ride that not only invoked strong feelings of nostalgia, but built upon the strong (though somewhat erratic) foundation of the source material. Brill masterfully reconciled the seemingly contradictory accounts of the origins of Darkwing and some of his key villains. While being faithful to their portrayal in the show, he also gave them an emotional depth not often seen on Saturday mornings.
A common criticism of this particular story arc is the fact that it feels too rushed. The reason for this is that Brill did not originally intend to end the Darkwing series with a Ducktales crossover. Rather, the crossover would occur with an entirely different plot conflict than the one seen in this book and would not be burdened to resolve all the loose ends left in the Darkwing series. However, knowing that this crossover would have to be the grand finale, Brill pulled an audible and essentially combined (at least) two planned story arcs into one big 4-issue epic. In the arc's completed state, the story pacing moves at a mile-a-minute, leading you to think the main villain is one classic Disney rogue until an even greater threat arises near the end of the third chapter. For those who might be unacquainted with the Darkwing series, I can understand why this plot twist might feel too abrupt.Read more ›
To summarize, Scrooge McDuck and his nephews plus Webby, fly into St. Canard to discuss Launchpad's handling of Quackwerks. He arrives at Drake Mallard's house to question Launchpad, only to have an exhausted Fenton Crackshell burst in on them and warn them about an inky substance that seems to be taking over St. Canard. Chaos ensues and it's up to the combined forces of our heroes to save both St. Canard and Duckberg.
I'll start off with what was good about this book. The art, as usual, was really extraordinary. The creepy visuals and slime redesigns on the villains were a real treat. Also, it was nice to see the DuckTales and Darkwing characters work together, even if there interactions weren't all that we hoped for.
Now, I'll move on to the bad. As other reviewers have mentioned, the pacing was at breakneck speed for the entire volume. This was due in part to the fact that all the plot threads had to be tied up in one volume since the series was ending. Another contributor to this is that there were just too many characters thrown in all at once. I'm sure the writer was trying to go for an epic story, but a lot of the characters that were thrown into this story really weren't necessary. A good example of this are Magica's "sisters" in the "League of Eve-il," who really didn't add anything plot wise.Read more ›
I've been following the Darkwing Duck comics since I heard about them and enjoying a part of my childhood continued. This book suffers from trying to do too much. Since Disney decided not to renew their contract with Boom! Studios, they had to wrap up everything they've been doing in the comics. While I liked seeing Darkwing's character and how the changes in him contributed to the climax, the story was too rushed. There were some strange jumps in scene that kept me confused as well.
Fans of either show will be glad they read it, but it's so fast paced that it doesn't have the character we've come to expect from the books. It's good, but not as great as it should have been.
The storyline just feels incredibly rushed, wrought with mischaracterizations, logic breaks and continuity errors (though it must be admitted that neither series was ever great with continuity in the first place.) The art is pretty decent though. If you're a Darkwing fan, the other Kaboom-collected storylines are much better, and if you're a DuckTales fan, just stick with Scrooge's Quest and The Gold Odyssey from Gemstone Publishing - better still the original Carl Barks Uncle Scrooge classics (there's supposed to be one coming out later this year from Fantagraphics, while their Barks Donald Duck collection was excellent!) While I do certainly hope that both Uncle Scrooge and Darkwing Duck return and return soon to the US in new stories, I also hope that whenever that day comes, the characters will be in the hands of great writers and artists - ideally the next Carl Barks or Don Rosa - who can treat the characters with respect.
In short, the best I can say about this is that it could've been worse - it could've been a live-action/CGI Alvin and the Chipmunks/Smurfs/Yogi Bear-style feature film. Having said that, I wouldn't mind seeing an animated direct-to-DVD adaption if they could improve on the source material.
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This book collects the final two issues of Boom Studios Dark Wing Duck and Duck Tales comics. Dangerous Currency seeks to do a lot of things including being a crossover between... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Adam Graham, Superhero and Detective Fiction Author
I first heard about the Darkwing Duck and DuckTales comics at Free Comic Book Day 2010. I saw issue #4 of Darkwing and bought it. Read morePublished on May 20, 2013 by Toon Review