Walt Disney's Comics And Stories
I love this series. In fact, it is one of my favorite series of all time. That pretty much assures this issue of a great review, right? Nope.
As I showed elsewhere on this site, http://www.theouthousers.com/forum/view ... hp?t=33702
, I really love WDC&S. And part of what I liked was that it was an anthology title. There were always several stories in every issue, with the occasional continued story. This issue has only one story, and is but one part of many...10 parts, if I remember the solicitation properly.
Another part was that the art style was pretty much consistent other the years. One could certainly tell that there were different artists doing the work, but it was all pretty much of the house style.* This book isn't of that style, and I find that disturbing. To be fair, I also found it to be disturbing in some stories that Gemstone published during the last five years.
These are cartoon characters, but they don't work best when drawn to be cartoony.** It is the 'realism' of the art, if you see the point, that makes the universe more palatable. When every panel has outrageous drawings, no panel can stand out. When all the panels feel the same, the dynamics of the story are muted.
I'd have to give this a 6
. It's professionally done, but nothing I'd continue to read. In fact, I had already stopped buying it with issue 699, the first that BOOM! published. I have many of the older issues, and have every issue since number 511, first published by Gladstone back in 1984. I'm sorry to break that run, but this has become just another average comic book. With so many books on the market these days, this had finally become unimportant to me.
* Most companies have a house style. It varies from time to time. Archie has had the most consistent style, that of Dan DeCarlo, but even that is changing.
** Not that this is overly cartoony, but still. Of similar vein, but something that completely offends me, is the tendency of morning radio 'humor', where one person says something that's not even mildly amusing, and the three co-hosts howl with laughter for 12.37 seconds. If everything is funny (which, in this case, isn't), it all becomes the same...background noise. Ever notice that most action movies have a slow moment or two just before the ultimate action? It eases the tension before heading again to the ultimate climactic moments.
I was perfectly content before I was born.