Manuela Marinato and Ruud Strattman (w) •
Giorgio Cavazzano and Mau Heymans (a) • Marco Mazzarello (c)
Two new stories full of adventure and mayhem
await in this latest issue! In “The
World of Ideas,” Gyro Gearloose’s latest invention allows Uncle Scrooge and
the nephews to experience reality in a way they’ve never done before—with
(almost) un-chaotic results for Uncle Scrooge! Then, in “Fast Food Duck,” Donald takes a job at a burger joint in order to
raise extra funds for his nephews’ upkeep. Needless to say, things don’t go
quite as planned!
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
Donald and Mickey: The Walt Disney Showcase Collection
Giorgio Cavazzano, Tito Faraci, Rudy Salvagnini, Lara Molinari, Stefano Ambrosio (w & a) • Marco Mazzarello (c)
Collecting the best stories from Disney comics! Explore Duckburg and Mouseton with your favorite characters, big and small, as they go on daredevil adventures! Includes stories featuring Mickey, Donald, and Scrooge McDuck, as well as the Beagle Boys, Arizona Goof, Peg-Leg Pete, and the Phantom Blot! Donald and Fethry play Robinson Crusoe with Scrooge’s luxury liner; Mickey’s hot on the trail of his Wild West desperado ancestor; the Beagles shake down Ludwig Von Drake’s hi-tech history museum… and much, much more!
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!
Tito Faraci, Joe Torcivia (w) • Giorgio Cavazzano (a & c)
The sinister Blot and Pegleg Pete are robbing Mouseton blind—and with Mickey Mouse out of the picture, it’s up to Detective Casey and his wild-card “bad cop” partner, Brick Boulder, to take the menace down… or join the hit list!
Pat and Carol McGreal (w) • Giorgio Cavazzano (a) • Andrea Freccero (c)
“Mismatched Mentors.” Scrooge McDuck is forced to teach business skills to a bratty little kid—on the same day that Magica De Spell is tutoring a young apprentice in black magic! How many ways can this go wrong?
Uncle Scrooge: The Tourist at the End of the Universe
Giorgio Cavazzano, Marco Rota, Daan Jippes, Noel Van Horn, Jonathan H. Gray (w & a)
Unmistakable Uncle Scrooge action in this new collection! O.K. Quack may look like a normal Duckburgian to Scrooge McDuck—but he’s really a spaceman whose shrunken ship is lost in Scrooge’s Money Bin! Then in “Crisis at Sorcery Summit,” Magica De Spell sics her fellow magic-makers on Scrooge… and in “The Great Cackle Caper,” a golden egg has turned up at the McDuck Chicken Farm, and the Beagle Boys are ruling the roost! Collects issues #29–31 of IDW’s Uncle Scrooge comic series.
TPB • FC • $12.99 • 112 pages • 6” x 9” • ISBN: 978-1-68405-317-9
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?
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