Review: HOWARD THE DUCK #2

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HOWARD THE DUCK #2
Written by Chip Zdarsky
Art by Joe Quinones, Joe Rivera, and Rico Renzi
Published by Marvel Comics
Release Date: April 8, 2015

I don’t even where to start with this one. Not just a duck, Howard is the duck.

Trapped in a world he’s grown accustomed to, Howard is short on his rent and has just been gathered by the collector. Lucky for him, so has Rocket Raccoon. Together, they mount a prison break, shoot sexy guns, steal a necklace, save a planet, and hopefully pay the rent.

Howard The Duck is funny. Properly, laugh out loud funny. Zdarsky’s dialogue is just insane – it’s intelligent and witty and the back and forth between Howard and Rocket is brilliant. Rather than being a string of one liners, the comedy is paced and developed throughout the book so it never feels forced or in opposition to the narrative, which is also a whole heap of fun.

Quinones pencils, inked by Joe Rivera, are as beautiful as expected. Howard has a real depth of personality that almost lets you forget that he is in fact a duck. He doesn’t look all that out of place surrounded by humans or amongst the varied attendees of CosmoCon. Rico Renzi brings the whole thing together with a palette of neon pinks, purples and blues that is just as fun as the writing and the art.

Issue #2 more than reaches the bar set by issue #1. It’s just as off the wall crazy while still being incredibly charming, and most importantly, fun.

The Verdict: 9.5/10

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