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Gargoyles #2 delivers a choppy reading experience

Gargoyles #2

I loved the debut issue of Gargoyles. While I wasn’t too familiar with the animated series I knew the very basics. The issue showed readers that the comic was far more than a continuation of a “kids” animated series. There was a lot of talk of fairly weighty topics and the result was a debut that had me excited to read more. Unfortunately, Gargoyles #2 is a bit of a step back and I’m not sure if it’s the comic itself or just a nerfed digital copy.

The Gargoyles have awakened from their stone sleep — but will the make it to the birth of Maggie the Cat’s unborn mutate child? Writer Greg Weisman continues the adventure and while I generally enjoyed Gargoyles #2, it’s hard to say if my issues with it are just a bad digital review copy. Things feel out of order, like really out of order, creating a really confusing reading experience. People wake up from being gassed before actually being gassed. They call out for character after that character shows up. It has to be a digital error, but without a physical copy to compare it to, it’s hard to say. Unfortunately, I have to go with what’s provided (this wouldn’t be the first time an error like this has happened).

Overall though, the issue is still a step back from the debut. Gargoyles #2 no longer sets up the series, instead diving into some of what is danced around in that first issue, the birth of Maggie the Cat’s child. It’s a pretty straightforward story with everyone being attacked and someone being kidnapped. The why, we really don’t know, it’s really just the setup of things. But, what’s missing is that deeper, more adult, discussion from the debut that made it all so interesting. This is rather basic compared to all of that which makes it a bit of a letdown.

The art by George Kambadais is solid as the first issue. It does a great balance of the dark nature of the story but not over the top to make it scary or gloomy. The characters all look good and there’s some really solid page layouts within. There’s some really fantastic visuals in the comic that you can feel the cinematic quality to. Jeff Eckleberry‘s lettering is the exclamation to all of the excitement nailing down the emotional punches and hits.

Gargoyles #2 is a decent continuation of the debut issue but technical issues definitely hurt my enjoyment. Hopefully that’s not a problem with print copies (please someone comment to let us know!).

Story: Greg Weisman Art: George Kambadais Letterer: Jeff Eckleberry
Story: 7.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 7.3 Recommendation: Read

Dynamite Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Purchase: Zeus ComicscomiXology/Kindle

Darkwing Duck’s creative team revealed!

Dynamite Entertainment is kicking off 2023 with a bang, debuting all-new stories of Disney’s Darkwing Duck in January. Let’s get dangerous!

He is the terror that flaps in the night… He is the ferocious fowl who plucks the evil eye from the face of foul play. He is Darkwing Duck! By night he vigilantly defends his city of St. Canard from the dastardly, devilish demons who would wage wanton war with his trademark costume and gadgets, and lurks through the shadows, striking fear in the heart of the criminal underworld. By day he’s known as the mild-mannered Drake Mallard, father to his adorable adopted daughter Gosalyn. Can Darkwing successfully juggle his two separate lives, all while looking incredibly cool and impossibly handsome? Readers will have to tune in on January 4 to find out!

Popular writer Amanda Deibert will write the latest escapades of everyone’s favorite fowl. Deibert has a range of diverse experience as a writer for television, animation, and comics, including Netflix’s He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Wonder Woman, Star Wars, DC Super Hero Girls, and more.

Deibert is joined by Italian artist Carlo Cid Lauro, a member of superstar Mirka Andolfo’s acclaimed Arancia Studio. Lauro will be coloring the series himself, with Jeff Eckleberry handling the lettering.

The first story, subtitled “F.O.W.L. Play” kicks off a showdown between Darkwing and his dastardly arch nemesis Megavolt. He’s taken out everyone’s phones, which is a pretty cataclysmic outcome for the citizens of St. Canard. Alongside his ally Launchpad McQuack and some unexpected help from Gosalyn, the squad will take on Megavolt. But the latest escapade makes Mallard question the entire superhero business and consider retiring. How long can he go without meting out justice?

Darkwing Duck #1 will feature a range of stunning covers for collectors and fans. David Nakayama, Mirka Andolfo, and Lesley “Leirix” Li all bring their superstar magic to the party. Beloved illustrators and cartoonists Jacob Edgar and Trish Forstner are a perfect match to bring the character to life. While George Kambadais checks in from illustrating Dynamite’s hit Gargoyles title to contribute to its companion. Last but certainly not least, Carlo Lauro does a cover to match his interiors in the series too.

Alongside Darkwing Duck, Launchpad McQuack, and Gosalyn, fans will get to see countless favorite characters in the series. Tune in for possible appearances by Morgana Macawber, Bushroot, Dr. Nogood, and more!