Archie Comics 2020
Written by Frank Tieri & Ian Flynn
Illustrated by Ryan Jampole
Coloured by Matt Herms
Lettered by Jack Morelli
BRAND NEW SERIES!
Super Duck is the greatest hero of Ducktropolis. Brash, arrogant and virtually unbeatable, he’s defeated all threats to the city and routinely foils the schemes of his greatest rival, criminal genius and corporate billionaire Dapper Duck. But now, three years later, Super Duck has fallen on hard times. Down on his luck and with his superheroing days a distant memory, he is reduced to appearing at comic conventions for measly appearance fees. So when he’s approached by a rival of Dapper to be his personal bodyguard/accompany him on his many adventures, Super Duck has to decide if he’s ready to don his cape once more in this series for mature readers!
My first thought for this was it was going to be along the lines of Darkwing Duck or something similar. Oh boy was I happy to see I was on the wrong track completely. Sure there is totally some adult humour that they share in common but really that's where the similarities end. This opens up with some insane dialogue during a fight scene and it nearly had me rolling on the floor with laughter. Also the way that this opening has been utilised is far and away one of the best openings in comics in a very long time. The sheer amount of humour, action & adventure and all around chutzpah that we see in these pages remind us why humour comics are so essential to our well being. Also on a personal note it makes me miss Captain Carrot and company.
The way that this is being told really is utterly brilliant. The story & plot development that we see through how the sequence of events unfold as well as how the reader learns information is beautifully presented. The way we see events occur here give us a spectacular look at the characters and they world they live in. the character development that we see is phenomenal! I love how we get to see Super Duck and Dapper Duck act and behave throughout so that we get this really nice sense of who they are. The situations and circumstances we see are done so incredibly thoughtfully. The pacing is superb and the way it takes us through the pages revealing the twists and turns along the way work with everything to create the books overall ebb & flow. The way this book is structured and how smartly this has been crafted has made my day.
The interiors here are a work of art. From the trip down through the trip up ever single thing that we see makes me feel joyful and like I want to squeal with glee. The linework is mindbogglingly good and with the varying weights being utilised to show off this crazy amount of attention to detail that we see show such control and a hand that strong and sure. The way that we see backgrounds being utilised and how they work within the composition of the panels show us depth perception, scale and that overall sense of size and scope to the story. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles we in the panels show a stupendous eye for storytelling. Matt's colour work here is stunning as well. The way he is able to utilise the various hues and tones within the colours to create the shading, highlights and shadow work is sublime. Also that he understands how colour works and how to utilise colours that you may not always associate being a part of each other.
The ending here is where things get really that much more interesting. It has so many different avenues for these folks to travel and take us along this crazy journey. This is what you never knew you needed in your life and it's high time you found out why!