Life is like a hurricane, here in Duck Burg
Race cars, lasers, aeroplanes, it’s a duck blur
Might solve a mystery, or rewrite history!
Duck Tales (woo oo)
Everyday they’re out there making,
Duck Tales (woo oo)
Tales of daring-do bad and good
Luck Tales (woo oo)
Now that I have officially stuck that song back into the head of everyone reading this review, I am excited to be showcasing the return of Duck Tales in comic format through the publisher IDW. So many comics lately have been rehashed from our childhood. Some of them have really hit the mark, and some of them fell far short of the memories we carry. It is one of the most difficult things to take a memory we cherish and watch it be redone in a new way. To be fair though writer Joe Caramanga worked with a team of people to bring as much life into Duck Tales as he could. The team he had on his side consisted of Paolo Campinoti, Andrea Greppi, Dario Calabria, and many others, all working together for the common goal of bringing our childhood out of hiding.
So of course we immediately jump in with Donald, Huey, Dewey, and Louie going on a trip camping with the three brothers making some sort of devious plan. So the usual arrangement with the three always outsmarting Uncle Donald. As usual as well, the boys get the rest of the party into a precarious situation, trapped on a deserted island surrounded by electric sea sponges (which are at the bottom of their danger list). They quickly come up with the idea to tie their life jackets together building a raft to get some of them off the island, but charging the adults a fee for the limited seating.
Of course as most old cartoons, it all works out somehow in the end, but it is the journey that really matters. This is the first of the two short stories it gives us in this small look at what’s coming. I am excited for this one because it really does have the crossover feel of an older Archie comic and the Duck Tales cartoon. It feels similar to the older comics in the newspaper that we used to love.
The writing is consistently entertaining, and showcases the reality behind why they’d bring back such an old franchise in a refreshing way. Matched up with the multiple talented artists on the project, and you get a bowl of memories to show us what we’ve been missing. I was more than impressed what could actually be done to make the characters similar, but in a more modernized way. For lack of a better term, it was beautiful.
RECOMMENDATION – Anyone who loves Duck Tales, feel good comedy, and a comic you can read with/to your children will find solace in this series.
Let the boys know if you need a copy, and make sure to follow the series, no matter the length. It’ll be worth all the feels from your childhood!