Darkwing Duck: Orange is the New Purple is the first trade paperback collection of the (as of this writing) currently new on-going series of DarkwinDarkwing Duck: Orange is the New Purple is the first trade paperback collection of the (as of this writing) currently new on-going series of Darkwing Duck comics as being published by Joe's Books. With Aaron Sparrow writing, and James Silvani as the artist, the comics are part continuation of the on-going published by Boom! and part reboot of the series in general.
In this first trade, we're primarily dealing with an arc focused around the opening of a new prison in St. Canard that is apparently "escape-proof" and just so happens to play host to all of the Masked Mallard's Rogues Gallery. However, given the amount of publicity that the opening of this new prison is receiving, is it possible that it's all just a front for something much more dastardly? Will the terror that flaps in the night be able to fend off the fearless fiends? Or will the criminally conniving convicts prove too much for the new scissors of a ribbon cutting that is... DARKWING DUCK!
Okay, so I took a little bit of that from the blurb of the trade, but give me credit; trying to come up with awesome opening phrases for one of the best superheroes ever created is hard word. I am constantly in amazement at Sparrow's creativity in wielding the alliteration so favoured by DW. Sparrow's writing is consistently brilliant throughout the trade, keeping the tone of the original television series, while managing to keep the pace of tradition superhero comics and the wit fans of the terror that flaps in the night expect, and I found myself laughing at nearly every page. That doesn't lessen the drama when it appears, but there is a great balance within the stories that is largely well kept. I'll admit there's a couple of moments where the scales tipped in favour of the humour, but it's not necessarily a fault of the story, just a personal thing where I would have preferred more emphasis on the drama of those moments.
James Silvani's art is fantastic. I had been following his tumblr for a long time, and was delighted to hear that he was involved in this new on-going. The art of the book is very vivid, looking so much like the show but still managing to be recognisable as Silvani's work. Honestly, considering that this year we're getting a brand new series of Duck Tales (oo-oo!), I am awash with anticipation for the announcement of a brand new television series of Darkwing Duck because... well, because it would be really cool and maybe we can have a crossover episode. To make up for the now struck from canon 'Dangerous Currency' arc from the Boom! collection
Overall, I would say that Orange is the New Purple isn't quite a series that anyone could pick up - there's a lot of references to the last collection that could be easily missed - but that they would be remiss in not doing so because even with the references, it's very easy to pick up on what's going on and be taken along on the ride to find out what's going on with the Fascinating Fowl, his sidekick Launchpad, and the daring daughter.
After all, when there's trouble, you call DW!...more
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is better known as the television show that shot Joss Whedon to King of Geekdom. Before the show, however, there was the moBuffy the Vampire Slayer is better known as the television show that shot Joss Whedon to King of Geekdom. Before the show, however, there was the movie, which is actually really bad. This book is based on that movie. Well, technically it's based more on Whedon's rather excellent script, with elements of the movie added to it so that there is a clear connection. How does the book rate?
Well, it's a short read, and quite enjoyable. Using the script means that the wittier dialogue Whedon wrote is in place, making it feel a little less dated. The book shows Buffy's transformation from a Cordelia like character to the Slayer we know and love. Accompanying her is Pike, an odd mix of Xander, Oz, and Spike, who serves as Buffy's eventual partner in slaying and love interest. There is also Merrick, her Watcher, who is completely badass and while I have amazing amounts of love for Giles, I cannot help but wish we got a little of Merrick in show somehow. The connection between him and Buffy was very real, and it made the events that happen hit hard.
So is the book better than the movie? Actually, I'd say yeah. Don't get me wrong, while the movie is bad, it's also enjoyable. But the book stands stronger by having the elements of the original script that help to explain the whole Slayer and Watcher thing a lot clearer, and help to give more development to the characters. I'm not going to say this is a must read for fans of the show, but I would recommend giving it a glance over, if you're curious as to how our Slayer was prior to Sunnydale. ...more