This week's Fourthpoll lightning round ends with a kid's book. So is it merely kids stuff or is it worth a look?
Credits & Solicit Info:
Donald Duck and Friends #353
Published by Boom! Kids
Written by Fauto Vitaliano
Art by Giorgio Cavazzano
Translated by Saida Temofonte
Donald Duck, the part-time international duck of mystery, has his world turned upside-down as friends become enemies and vice versa...sort of. So who can our web-footed freedom fighter really trust...who knows? Strap in your seat this month as BOOM Kids! brings you the finale that you've all been waiting for, as all your questions are finally answered... maybe. It's the unprecedented ending to the original spy saga, Double Duck!
That Donald Duck finds himself in the craziest situations. Seems he’s been living a double life as Double Duck a secret agent for the Agency. He’s got to make some decisions about whether or not he is committed to being an Agent, and if he is how will he make time for Daisy.
His new mission is to find out what the baddies are up to at a symphony performance. Fortunately, Daisy’s knowledge of Classical Music, while boring to Donald, comes in handy for this mission. He is placed in the orchestra as a replacement triangle player and must uncover what the bad guys are up to, can he save the day and the performance?
This is a light, easy to read comic. The solicitation says that it is the end of the storyline but it feels more like the beginning. There has definitely been some progression before this issue, but it is easy to jump into. The humor is breezy and exactly what you would expect from a Disney book.
However, it is not a simple book. The gags build on each other and a close eye will catch on to what is happening before the quick reader will. That attention to detail means the book is never caught talking down to its intended audience.
The art is fantastic. It is solidly the classic style that readers are used to with the character set, but it still finds ways to be imaginative with device design and emotive display. Over exaggerated looks and toys are the name of the game here and will delight younger readers as the illustrations assist the scripts humor and slight tension.
This is not the next great comic, but it is good fun. Fans of the characters could certainly do worse and it cements the reality that Boom! is doing a fantastic job with the titles that Disney has entrusted them with.