Uncle Scrooge: Whom the Gods Would Destroy
Byron Erickson, Giorgio Cavazzano, Massimo Fecchi, Carlo Chendi, Jonathan H. Gray (w & a) • Massimo Fecchi (c)
Magic spells and mystic powers make mayhem in Duckburg, but Scrooge McDuck isn’t afraid, ’cause he’s tougher than the toughies and smarter than the smarties. Good thing, too. For someone’s turned the Beagle Boys into powerful Greek gods; a wicked wishing stone is making Donald and the boys disappear; and a rogue satellite is plunging toward Scrooge’s Money Bin! It’s more than one duck can stand… But is it more than he can afford? Collects issues #32-34 of IDW’s Uncle Scrooge series.
TPB • FC • $12.99 • 112 pages • 6” x 9” • ISBN: 978-1-68405-395-7
Uncle Scrooge #40
Carlo Chendi, Joe Torcivia (w) • Giorgio Cavazzano (a) • Andrea Freccero (c)
“The Case of the Saucer Impostor!” O.K. Quack’s coin-shaped spaceship can shrink to the size of a real coin—and since Scrooge McDuck spent it and lost it, he’s forced to help Humphrey Gokart, ace detective, find it!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Uncle Scrooge #33
Carlo Chendi, Jonathan H. Gray (w) • Giorgio Cavazzano, Bas Heymans (a) • Jonathan H. Gray (c)
“The Big Blast-Off Blowout!” When a giant satellite plummets to earth at light speed, the McDuck Money Bin lies right in its path! Can Scrooge dodge a crash course… or will the Beagle Boys make this space chase scarier?
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Uncle Scrooge #30 collects two international stories in one book, reprinting one story from 1981 and another from 2011. The book will likely pique interest in those who are jumping on the Duck Tales revival train—myself included—and if you’re just here for classic Duckburg humor then you’re in the right place.
It’s hard for me to recommend purchasing the book, however, as it’s arbitrarily reproduced stories from older books. I can’t help but compare my reading experience to Duck Tales, which may not be fair, but it’s not to be helped, either. The television reboot is original, clever, and seamlessly blends classic Donald Duck comics with the cult-hit 90s cartoon.
In comparison, Uncle Scrooge is the same joke dragged out ad nauseam, which makes the story predictable. Where the new show works hard to give each of the triplets their own personality, and Donald his own meta-twist where his speech is only understandable about 60% of the time, the older stories feel dismissible in comparison. Donald uses complete sentences, Scrooge has no accent, the boys are referred to as clones (with good reason), and Scrooge is so cheap he charges interest on bus fare.
Maybe I’m coming down hard on the book because I hold Duck Tales and Donald Duck so very dear. I don’t like to see them mistreated. But Uncle Scrooge does just that. If the book used the older comics as bookends, like the newer Archie books, I would be much more inclined to return to “Uncle Scrooge” in the future. As it stands now, I think I’ll pass.
Story: Carlo Chendi, Daan Jippes, Jonathan Gray Art: Daan Jippes, Giorgio Cavazzano
Cover Art: Giorgio Cavazzano
Story: 5.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Pass
IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review