Howard The Duck

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Fowl play

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Pub­lisher: Marvel Writer: Chip Zdarsky Artist: Joe Quinones

His post­cred­its

cameo in Guardians Of The Gal­axy was one of the big­gest movie sur­prises of 2014, and now Howard the Duck has of­fi­cially re­turned to the main­stream Marvel uni­verse. First cre­ated in 1973 by Steve Ger­ber and Val Mey­er­ick, he’s an iras­ci­ble talk­ing duck from a par­al­lel di­men­sion. Here he takes a star­ring role in the latest Marvel ti­tle to give a comedic per­spec­tive on the su­per­hero world.

At­tempt­ing to make a liv­ing as a pri­vate in­ves­ti­ga­tor, Howard still views the world of hu­mans as per­plex­ing and in­sane. Life doesn’t get much bet­ter for him when an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into a jew­ellery theft leads to im­pris­on­ment in the in­ter­ga­lac­tic zoo of the Col­lec­tor, a team- up with the Guardians, and an un­ex­pected show­down with a gun- wield­ing Aunt May…

With scripts from Sex Crim­i­nals artist Chip Zdarsky, these first four is­sues serve up an off­beat tone with plenty of laughs. The art from Joe Quin­nones hits the right level of kooky energy, but Zdarsky’s ap­proach is rather scat­ter­shot and his pac­ing is un­even, while Howard re­mains a spiky char­ac­ter who’s not al­ways easy to like. Lovers of daft comic en­ter­tain­ment will find lots to en­joy, but af­ter The Un­beat­able Squir­rel Girl showed just how good Marvel com­edy can be, Howard the Duck’s latest in­car­na­tion is fun with­out be­ing truly es­sen­tial. Saxon Bul­lock Howard’s de­sign had to be al­tered in the ’ 70s af­ter Dis­ney threat­ened a law­suit over his re­sem­blance to Don­ald Duck.

Eve­lyn or Auberon?

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