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Darkwing Duck: Duck Knight Returns Paperback – December 7, 2010
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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!
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the first of the Darkwing Duck comic books I have read, and I was not in the least bit disappointed! Read morePublished 22 months ago by Shopper1
Daring duck mystery, champion of the right, swoops down from the shadows, darkwing owns the night... Read morePublished on December 13, 2013 by Adam Graham, Superhero and Detective Fiction Author
I LOVED this show as a kid! it's great to see the Duck Knight back for action! the story picks up where the show (did it really have a story arc?) ended.Published on March 6, 2013 by Athena
Story is very similar to original cartoon , I saw these cartoons when I was a child and now I can read it with my son.Published on December 17, 2012 by Luis
There's so much to the Duck Knight Returns that needs saying... I'll summarise the entire thing into a series of words. Read morePublished on October 6, 2011 by Vic
I could have sworn I had already reviewed the first volume! Well, here goes: As Darkwing Duck was my all-time favorite '90s cartoon while growing up, I was ecstatic when I first... Read morePublished on September 26, 2011 by vicala
Darkwing Duck is arguably one of the very best cartoons from that golden age in animation of the 90s. It was something fresh, and fun, funny, and full of action. Read morePublished on August 20, 2011 by M. Coitinho
It's been a year since the city of St. Canard last saw their caped hero Darkwing Duck. That's because the city has been taken over by Quackwerks. Read morePublished on July 2, 2011 by Mark Baker - Carstairs Considers
This is a great read! If you're a fan of the series or just like great storytelling this is an enjoyable graphic novel. I'm looking forward to volume 2 when it comes out.Published on April 26, 2011 by Cameron Morgan