Review: Howard The Duck #4

howard-the-duck-4She’s obsessed, she’s powerful, she’s ALMOST the new herald of Galactus! And like the rest of the universe, SCOUT is after Howard. But with an eye to ending the hunger of the Devourer of Worlds!

After four issues, we finally get an answer as to what in the blue hell happened to cause the very first scene in this series. The scene, in case you haven’t been reading the comic, was of Howard the Duck surfing through the cosmos chased by innumerable ships (okay, I could probably count them, but the issue is in a long box right now and I’m lazy… so innumerable it is. It also sounds more dramatic, right?) on a certain silver surfboard.

I’m not lying.

Howard The Duck has become easily one of my most anticipated comics currently being released each month, and a large part of that is because of Chip Zdarsky. He’s funny without making this a comedy book – while I’m laughing away each issue, the story would be good without the laughs, there’s an underlying emotional core here that’s exploring the depths you’d go to for a friend that makes each issue a pleasure to read. That it’s funny on top of that is the icing on a very beautiful cake.

I’ve been told that this series couldn’t measure up to Steve Gerber‘s run, and while that may be true, I have no basis for comparison. I’ve never read that run but I have no reason to disbelieve that at all, and so while this volume of Howar the Duck is ongoing I have no intention to pick up the Gerber run on the off chance it ruins my love of Zdarsky‘s Howard.

One day, maybe.

But going back to this issue, another huge plus for me this issue is the fact that there’s no back up strip any more. While I enjoyed the Gwenpool strip – it was a decent story – I’m not unhappy that there isn’t a second new Gwenpool story starting up as I get the feeling that she’s a character to be enjoyed in small doses. I’m also quite happy that the comic has dropped a dollar in price (and with the Canadian dollar where it is right now, that’s not a bad thing).

When all is said and done, there were some great comics released last week, but for my money Howard the Duck #4 was among the best of the bunch.

Story: Chip Zdarsky Art: Joe Quinones & Joe Rivera
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.25 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy