Writer: Amanda Deibert
Art: Carlo Lauro
Publisher: Dynamite comics
Release Date: August 23, 2023
After his rivalry with Neptunia last issue, Darkwing must contend with more crime fighting compatriots in Darkwing Duck #8. Here, he is reacquainted with Gizmoduck, and it is clear the two do not get along. Longtime fans will appreciate that their interactions parallel how they interacted on the show and they are very in character. Launchpad, however, is not feeling himself since his compass was stolen.
Even though it’s disappointing to see a usually upbeat character like Launchpad so discouraged, his despondency allows for Darkwing and Gizmoduck to have more of an interaction. Gizmoduck’s dialogue is very reflective of how he was portrayed on both the original Ducktales show and the Darkwing Duck cartoon, so much so that the reader can imagine his voice actor, the late Hamilton Camp, saying the lines. The major disappointment though, is that thus far, no villain has been revealed yet. This story arc seems to be moving at a slow pace, which hopefully suggests the payoff will be big.
The art in Darkwing Duck #8 continues to be consistent and mostly reflective of the animation style of the show. Some fans may notice though that Gizmoduck is drawn here with a human tongue instead of a duck tongue like how he appears in the show. Something worth noting is that while Launchpad’s tongue changed from a duck tongue to a human tongue when he made the leap from Ducktales to Darkwing Duck, Gizmoduck’s tongue remained the same. Also, the abominable snowduck featured in this story is similar in appearance to the abominable snowman from Looney Tunes, only in duck variety.
Although Darkwing Duck #8 doesn’t reveal who the villain is yet, it still contains fun banter between Darkwing and Gizmoduck, reflective of their competitive personalities from the show. The story does seem to drag on somewhat, but Launchpad may prove to be a major player in the overall plot. We’ve seen Neptunia and Gizmoduck so far in this story arc; will Morgana and Stegmutt show up next? Will the villain be revealed next issue? And who might it be?