One of the linchpins of the Disney Afternoon was the superhero series Darkwing Duck. A kind of mallard-ization of Batman and The Shadow, it followed the adventures of the masked-hero as he fought to protect St. Canard from a tremendous rogues gallery including Bushroot, Megavolt, Quackerjack and Steel Beak. Only 91 episodes were produced, but as these things go, there’s a wider world of Darkwing in comic books, and in the over 20 years since the show first premiered on TV, the Terror that Quacks in the Night hasn’t lost any fans, and has actually gathered new ones. The recent BOOM! Studios series proved that again, but the series came to a close when the deal between Marvel Comics and Disney was closed. With a surplus of heroes at Marvel Comics though, it seems an upstart publisher is game to bring Darkwing back, re-publishing old stories and printing brand new ones.
Toronto publisher Joe Books is putting together a 400-page omnibus edition of Darkwing Duck’s BOOM! Studios run for release sometime in January, and are calling it Darkwing Duck – The Definitely Dangerous Edition. More than that, Darkwing artist James Silvani revealed on his Tumblr that the omnibus will lead in to an all-new ongoing series to debut sometime later next year. “Aaron [Sparrow] and I have already begun and will give more details as soon as possible,” Silvani said.
On his blog, Silvani went into great detail about what will make the omnibus unique:
Aaron Sparrow, the editor and driving force of the DW comics has gone back and painstakingly rewritten the book to bring it in step with the classic Disney Afternoon series. I also had the opportunity to revisit the art and make this edition the true Terror That Flaps In The Night. This omnibus also features the stellar work of Darkwing creator Tad Stones, artist Sabrina Alberghetti, writer Ian Brill, colorists Andrew Dalhouse and Lisa Moore, letterer Deron Bennett and cover artist Amy Mebberson.
The announcement about the ongoing series though might have to be taken with a grain of salt considering that not much is known about Joe Books. Comic Book Resources did some due diligence on the company, and are unsure how it is that they got the rights to publish Darkwing Duck comics. One would think that if Marvel was okay with someone else doing the job, they’d have left in the hands of BOOM! Studios, who, at the time, were publishing several books based on the Disney Afternoon cartoons. A lot of questions left unanswered at the moment, but for now, here’s the official description of the omnibus:
W) Aaron Sparrow, Pickup (A/CA) James Silvani
Mild-mannered Drake Mallard leads a pretty average life, relaxing at home, helping his daughter Goslynn with her homework, and palling around with his best buddy Launchpad McQuack. But this suburban pastoral doesn’t make for very exciting comics. Good thing Drake is secretly the crime-fighting powerhouse, Darkwing Duck! Whew, we were worried this would be the most boring solicitation copy in history!
Darkwing Duck, aided by Launchpad, Goslynn, and their many allies, fought the forces of darkness in his beloved city of St. Canard for years, keeping the citizens safe from an endless supply of increasingly ridiculous supervillains. When the job was finished, Darkwing slipped into the shadows, not to be seen or heard from again. But just how safe was the city he left behind, and what’s going on with the creepy robotic “protectors” the mysterious Quackwerks corporation has rolled out to take Darkwing’s place? When the utopian shine begins to wear off, it looks like St. Canard will need her superhero once again, as long as he comes out of retirement in time!
Collecting the entire out-of-print and sold-out comic book series for the first time in one volume, this 400-page blockbuster is big enough to knock out a burglar. It’s also completely remastered and revised with an all new epilogue, making this one without a doubt, “The Definitively Dangerous Edition!”
As stated, Darkwing Duck – The Definitely Dangerous Edition will be available in January, and pre-order as of next month.
Source: Comic Book.com