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  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Series: Uncle Scrooge
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: KaBOOM! (October 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608865665
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608865666
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,103,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By GeoX on October 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
Allow me to begin by pointing out the following: the Hunt for the Old Number One trade paperback featured five pages of ads for other Boom! titles in the back, but that was okay, because it ALSO featured a meticulously complete cover gallery, featuring each variation cover from each issue of Uncle Scrooge in which the story had previously appeared. This Around the World in 80 Bucks features...well, there's no cover gallery, but Boom! makes up for it by including--no joke--TWENTY-SIX pages of ads. You can just FEEL their respect for the material, can't you? Don't be fooled by the page count that Amazon provides; that does indeed include the ads--the actual story is only ninety-six pages.

It's too bad, really--Old Number One may have been excruciatingly awful, but at least it had some rather nice covers! 80 Bucks here is marginally less bad--not a difficult feat--but...well, let's just say the cover gallery would STILL have been the best thing here. I know this is just a cynical business move--the second volume of the pretty-good Double Duck does the same thing--but I like to pretend that they were actually just trying to avoid heightening the ol' contradictions. To which I can only say, nice try, but not very.

Actually, the IDEA of a Scrooge story inspired by the Verne novel is a perfectly good one; it provides ample opportunity for the sort of globe-trotting adventure that one expects from Scrooge. Romance! Adventure! Elephants! Unfortunately, this opportunity is entirely squandered on a story that studiously avoids becoming exciting by consistently relying on dopey contrivances and deus ex machinae rather than any particular resourcefulness on the part of our heroes.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dumbledore on December 22, 2010
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I was drawn to this work by the title. Having grown up with Barks and then Rosa, I was hopeful that the tradition of cleverness, humor, and adventure would continue.

The tradition didn't continue. The basic premise of the story is good, but the storyteller lacks the subtle humour that permeates Rosa & Barks. The art work is not up to the old story tellers. The story lacks the spirit of adventure that is the true Uncle Scrooge.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rafael Rodriguez on April 26, 2012
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I am starting to read most of scrooge comics right now and I must say that the art an story are extremely simplistic and mediocre compared to works from other authors, all the cities around the world look the same and the people that made this story put zee attention on details. Sadly the story is bad also and as generic as it can get. Get any other Scrooge story instead, almost anyone else is better than this one
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By barbara whapeles on December 4, 2012
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This is a delightful uncle scrooge with all the fun of reading him. I would tell anyone who likes scrooge to read it.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By shaxper on October 8, 2010
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If Boom's previous Uncle Scrooge volume, The Hunt for the Old Number One felt a little "off," and if the volume that's still being printed in comic book format ("Like a Hurricane") isn't doing anything for you, don't make the mistake of lumping Around the World in 80 Bucks into the same category.

What I can say about this volume with absolute certainty is that, while Boom!'s other Scrooge stories are often pale shadows of the work Carl Barks did with the characters back in the 40s, 50s, and 60s, this story truly felt like one of his. It demonstrated a clear understanding of his characters, his plotting, and his pacing that other Barks imitations have sorely lacked.

The plot centers on Scrooge accepting a bet that he can get around the world without spending more than 80 dollars, and of course he brings Donald along for the ride. Each installment is filled with excitement, high comedy and, above all else, clever clever plotting, as Scrooge always finds a way to turn disaster into profit in thoroughly logical ways that the reader can never see coming. In the classic Barks style, the storyline takes us all around the world, experiencing sites strange and exciting, all while Flintheart Glomgold keeps the pressure on, Donald keeps the perspective grounded, and Scrooge keeps us guessing. It's lovingly done, carefully considered, and above all else, darn right entertaining, whether for a cranky old Ducks fan like myself or a curious second grader picking up his or her very first comic book.

Just trust an old Barks fan who holds his Scrooge stories to an exceptionally high standard -- this one is gold.
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