Review: DUCKTALES #2

Written by Joey Cavalieri
Art by Gianfranco Florio, Antonello Dalena, Andrea Greppi, Roberta Zanotta, Giuseppe Fontana, Dario Calabria, and Tom B. Long
Published by IDW Publishing
Release Date: November 1, 2017

As mystery encircles the character of Della in the television show, the comics reveal the adventures Della and Donald had with their Uncle Scrooge in this new issue of DuckTales!

I had liked the zero issue, and I was excited about reading issue #2 of DuckTales, but there were a few problems with the two stories told here. Cavalieri heavily leans on trite stereotypes of a variety of cultures throughout the stories in this comic, with Donald’s comments in the first story edging towards racism. There’s some “got you there” moments, yeah, but there is definitely not enough nuance for either story to justify the stereotypes, really, and the usage of them felt lazy.

I also had problems with the premises of the stories themselves. Not enough is done to really sell me the strange scenarios that the Donald, Della, and Scrooge are placed in and while there are fun elements in these tales, like a giant golden chicken on a rampage or sheep with the power to cool down climates, the legwork isn’t there to make the story make enough sense to not have gaping holes in logic. It’s disappointing because I really wanted to like seeing Della around and reading more about her, and I did like her in the scenes she was in, but the premises just didn’t jive well. I just wish more effort was put into researching the places they were having adventures in instead of falling back on tired tropes.

With that said, the art is fantastic. The work by Florio, Dalena, Greppi, and Zanotta fits well with the new style of art the television show has and makes the comic feel like an almost flip book of the show, which is cool. The shading is more detailed than the television show as well, which is nice.

I like the idea of having the two different adventures for each issue. It feels like more bang for your buck. The episodic feel to it is great as well, especially with these Indiana Jones-esque adventure tales.

This wasn’t my favorite DuckTales issue, you all can probably tell that. However, I have liked issues from this series before, so I wouldn’t say write if off. All forms of art can have good days and bad ones, comics included. I would say keep giving DuckTales a chance and see what’s in store for the next issue.

The Verdict: 7.0/10


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