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
Ian Brill is a comic book editor for Top Ten comic book publisher BOOM! Studios. He has lent his talents to the properties WARHAMMER, FARSCAPE, Philip K Dick's DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?,as well as 20th Century Fox's 28 DAYS LATER and DIE HARD franchises. Before that he was a journalist in the comic book field, working for Publishers Weekly and The Comics Journal.
Nathan Watson draws comics in an oddly shaped room on the second floor of the house he shares with his wife and four children. After ten years of active duty military service, he entered the world of freelance illustration, where he has done work for Tokyopop, Zenescope, and Topps. The majority of his professional work has been for BOOM! Studios.