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Subj: Howard the Duck #1 was absolutely ducky
Posted: Fri Nov 06, 2015 at 11:10:16 am EST (Viewed 119 times)




It probably seems a little odd that I like everything I buy lately. But there's no mystery to it. I thumb through any new comic before purchasing it. I can tell pretty quickly if I'm going to like it, and if I think I'm not, I don't buy it.

So far my misstep has been Spider-Man 2099. Not that it wasn't good. It was. But I didn't care about anything that was happening. The 2099 characters were interesting to me because 2099 was interesting. Put the same characters in our present day and all of a sudden they're just knock-offs of the original concepts. I didn't know I would feel that way. I learned something about myself.

As for Howard the Duck, this was Gerber-worthy writing and Brunner-worthy art, and that's the highest praise I know.

Apparently Howard had an adventure with Squirrel Girl three months ago. I'm guessing, based on an editorial caption, that this story hasn't been told yet. I hope they get around to it.

Then we see Howard on a road trip with a shape-shifting mutant named Tara. She's clearly the new Bev. The interaction in the covertible and at the gas station was pure 70s goodness. Does Tara have a super-hero code name?

We got a flashback to a month ago. Aunt May is Howard's secretary! I love this. Then some enjoyable interaction with Doctor Strange, who's been popping up all over the place lately.

Then we're back in the present, at the Nexus of All Realities, with Tara, and also the Frightful Four, or the Terrible Two, I guess: Titania and the Wizard. There's a fight, which is fun, and then Howard tries to travel back to his home dimension, but fails. More fighting, and two anthropomorhic characters pop up, one looking like an alternate (female, I think) version of Rocket Raccoon, and the other looking like a female member of Howard's species.

Oh, and there was a short story featuring the Black Cat (who apparently is rich now) and Gwenpool! It seems Gwenpool is even crazier than Deadpool. More, please. The short story has two more installments, plus, if I'm not mistaken, Gwenpool will be getting a one-shot soon. Good.

Lately I've been liking a certain zaniness I notice in a lot of the Marvel books. Not just Howard or Deadpool, or Squirrel Girl, but there's also zaniness in Doctor Strange and Invincible Iron Man, as well as Hercules - oh and Ant Man also. Varying degrees, of course. But that's as it should be.