Howard the Duck #1 (2015) Comic Book Review

Howard the Duck #1 (2015)Howard the Duck #1 (2015)
  The Duck is back!  Yes, Howard the Duck once again hosts his own comic book title from Marvel.  Credit for this goes to Howard's surprise appearance in the end credit scene of the hit Marvel movie, Guardians of the Galaxy.
Howard the Duck #1 (2015)

Howard the Duck #1 (2015)

A bit of background is needed.  Basically, Howard is a talking duck from an alternate Earth (originally designated as Earth-47920, but was later retconned as being from Earth-791021, also known as "Duckworld"), who was captured and sent to the main Marvel reality (AKA Earth-616), where he entered into adventures with Man-Thing, Spider-Man, and many other heroes. So, here we are in 2015, and Howard the Duck is still on "our" world, enduring an ongoing lack of respect by just about everyone.  As the comic opens, we find Howard in a jail cell with a bunch of female inmates.  He is released, along with a woman, Tara Tam, a tattoo artist who befriends our irascible little duck.
Tara Tam -Friend of Howard the Duck

Tara Tam -Friend of Howard the Duck

Howard is a private detective who has the good fortune to have his office in the same building as lawyer and Avenger Jennifer Walters, AKA She-Hulk.  Howard, being not very lovable, seems to have a hate-hate relationship going on with She-Hulk. This may end up being a great ongoing piece for the writer to come back to, as She-Hulk is well-known among Marvel fans for her comedic storylines and fourth-wall-busting abilities. So, back to our summary:  The Duck takes a job from a mysterious client, who wants him to re-steal a piece of jewelry from the beautiful jewel thief Black Cat.  While trying to locate Black Cat, Howard runs into his old jail buddy, Tara Tam, who just happens to know where Black Cat lives.  As she explains to the shocked Duck Detective: "Look, unless she's cosplaying as a 'Sexy Golden Girl,' there aren't that many young, attractive ladies rocking giant white hair...She may be a great thief, but she's lousy at low profiles." Hiring Tara on the spot, they begin working out their plan.  Along comes Spider-Man, who also appeared in the very first Howard the Duck #1 back in 1976, to lend a hand.
Howard the Duck and Spider-Man

Howard the Duck and Spider-Man

Without getting into too many spoilers here, we can say that the break-in at Black Cat's place goes awry, a cosmic bad guy shows up to "collect" our unique Duck, and Howard ends up in a space jail cell with...aw...did you think we were going to spoil that for you? The creative team of Chip Zdarsky (writer, whose real name is Steve Murray) and Joe Quinones, doing the art, captures the manic silliness of anything and everything related to Howard the Duck.  Quinones manages to capture Howard's visual persona well, while still making him look less like a Donald Duck clone (as he looked in the old 1970s series).  Zdarsky has a good sense of comedy and story-building, while making him sound like an anthropomorphic duck.  Howard's frequent cries of "Waugh," invokes the Donald Duck sound, but it does work.
Howard the Duck #1 Credits Page

Howard the Duck #1 Credits Page

Who should read this comic book? Anyone who liked Guardians of the Galaxy and wants to learn more about Howard the Duck; fans of the old Howard, or anyone wanting a laugh. This was a fun book. Check out our video review of Howard the Duck at our Howard the Duck Video Review page.  

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Roger Lee

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