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Darkwing Duck: Duck Knight Returns Paperback – December 7, 2010

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That cloaked avenger making a blazing comeback to protect his crime-plagued city is not the Batman of The Dark Knight Returns (1986) but a masked mallard meant to evoke him: Darkwing Duck, returning to the mean streets after a year of living the quiet life and raising his action-starved daughter, Gosalyn. Dragged from retirement, he reunites with mechanic and gadget-man Launchpad to go up against an array of former villains and—much more interestingly—the mind-control plans of megacorporation Quackworks and its army of crimebots. Darkwing has the ornery, beleaguered perseverance of another great cartoon duck—Daffy, of course. The slick color and expressive cartooning has as much to offer as the original mid-’90s animation where the character began, and the anticorporate theme is age-appropriate and welcome (though somewhat suspicious given that the property is owned by Disney). Ultimately, though, the concept is a bit too derivative to function as more than a fine pastime between issues of Boom! Kids' truly excellent adaptations of The Incredibles and The Muppet Show. Grades 3-5. --Jesse Karp

About the Author

Aaron Sparrow broke into the comics industry as a copy editor for Tokyopop, eventually moving on to write English adaptations of manga titles such as Devil May Cry 3, Hyper Police, the critically acclaimed Dragon Head, as well as the story "Family Values" for Blizzard Entertainment's Warcraft: Legends anthology. In 2009, Aaron became the Lead Editor on Disney/Pixar/Muppets titles, developing their all-ages line and masterminding the triumphant return of Disney's Darkwing Duck with artist James Silvani. Aaron has also worked on comic books with DreamWorks Animation and Sesame Workshop, and is currently writing Joebook's upcoming Darkwing Duck monthly comic series.


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Product Details

  • Series: Darkwing Duck
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: BOOM! Studios (December 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608865762
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608865765
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,117,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Fahad A. Naeem on December 23, 2010
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"I am the terror that flaps in the night...I am Darkwing Duck." These are the iconic words spoken by Darkwing Duck when confronted with an enemy, which many of you may fondly remember from the cartoon show. I really loved watching show as a kid and because of that I had high expectations for this book, and it did not fail. This book was absolutely amazing, and there was not one thing I didn't love about it. It was perfect translation from the show. It contains everything you could possibly hope for including a hard hitting storyline, great humor, and dazzling art. All the pages and panels simply ooze with quality; the book captures the aura of Silver Age comics and combines it with modern storytelling elements that really light up the pages as you are reading. Please go buy this book right now and let's get dangerous!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Danielle M. Hickman on January 8, 2011
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Having grown up watching Darkwing Duck both when it came out, on tape, and re-runs, it is no shock that I would love this graphic novel. I also enjoyed finding the Easter eggs so to speak within the book- like a pig that looks like Miss Piggy or a toy Fozzie Bear- something that was present in the cartoon (Darkwing wearing a Tailspin shirt at one time). I am really looking forward to the next story arc, especially since Negaduck and Morgana will be in it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Rubarth on January 2, 2011
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"I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the awkward good-bye that lasts for far too long! I am DARKWING DUCK"

I purchased Darkwing Duck: The Duck Knight Returns yesterday, and I couldn't put it down - this comic book is as witty as the cartoon show was, the story-line is solid, and the art is gorgeous! Not too mention all your favorite characters are back and ready for action - and every bit as quirky as they used to be!

At first I thought the $15 retail price was awfully steep for a return of a 90's cartoon show, but the quality of this book is on par with other famous comic book heros, including Batman, Superman, Spiderman, and many more. While the back cover announces that The Duck Knight Returns is fit for "Eight & Up, Grades Three & Up", I assure you that teenagers and adults will also crack a smile while reading this.

I'm so happy with my purchase of this graphic novel I'm only left wondering if I should loan it to my sister, or buy her a copy for her to keep!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By RogueWriter152 on March 2, 2011
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When I heard Darkwing Duck was getting a comic book, I exhaustively searched all my local bookstores and comic shops only to come up empty. I still suspect a Negaduck conspiracy.
I saw this trade paperback was due for release here on Amazon last December, placed my pre-order, and put up with the wait. In this case at least, good things come to those who wait, because this book is nothing short of awesome. I even ordered a second copy in case I wear out my first.
More than a year has passed in St. Canard since the super-corporation Quackwerks took control of the city with its army of crime-bots, forcing Darkwing off the mean streets and into an arena infinitely more chilling: an office cubicle. He and Launchpad have parted ways, and Gosalyn is stuck in a private school for her own safety. Even the villains aren't spared from this nine-to-five nightmare, as D.W. finds himself sharing the aforementioned cubicle with his nemesis Megavolt. "Sparky" is recruited by his former criminal teammates, who've also been toiling for Quackwerks all this time, in a plot for revenge against their bosses. Meanwhile, a seemingly random arrest inspires Darkwing to once more don the cape and mask to trace the origin of Quackwerks Corporation. This adventure brings him face-to-face with a shadow from his and Gosalyn's shared past. The people at Boom! Studios clearly have a genuine love for these characters. The artwork is beautiful, the storyline keeps in step with the feel of the cartoon series, if just a shade darker, and the dialogue is so perfect you can practically hear the show's voice cast. Being able to enjoy the whole story arc in one sitting like this evokes the feel of watching a movie, and as with (most) of my favorite movies, I am eagerly anticipating the sequel. Long live the Duck Knight!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By kahemingway on February 9, 2011
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I was a big fan of Darkwing Duck back in the nineties, so when I heard there was going to be a new comic series of the show I knew I had to get it. This book may seem a tad pricey, but it is definitely worth it.
The story starts off with Darkwing in retirement after the Quackwerks corporation drives him out of the vigilante business. The writer behind the comic did a good job of making the story seem like an episode of the show and the dialogue is spot on. Darkwing's character, along with the characters of his enemies, are captured well here and you'll find yourself smiling at some of the dialogue in the book.
The art in this book is gorgeous. All the characters look like they did in the original, with the exception of a few minor design and coloring errors, which makes this comic a joy to look through. In addition to the good designs, there are plenty of Easter eggs from other Disney shows that are sprinkled throughout that make it even more fun to look at.
The book also includes some sketches from the artist of the comic, James Silvani, and an essay from the original creator Tad Stones. Both are worth looking at and make good additions to the book.
My only very minor complaint is that the binding of a few pages cuts off some of the art work. I have issue #3 in the original comic format and I saw a few places where the binding cut off a bit of the picture. It wasn't anything major though and really shouldn't deter anyone from getting the book.
Overall, if you liked the original series then this book is definitely for you. It's nice to be getting dangerous again.
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