He is the terror that flaps in the night. He is the property that gets relaunched with a new #1. He is Darkwing Duck.
This past weekend at Emerald City Comicon, BOOM! Studios announced a new four-issue mini-series, Darkwing Duck: The Duck Knight Returns, to be launched in June, written by Ian Brill (editor of Farscape) and art by James Silvani (Muppet King Arthur).
When asked about the new series in an interview at Newsarama, Brill had this to say:
Darkwing is an exceptional individual who took it upon himself to protect his beloved city of St. Canard from wrongdoing. But that confidence to propel him to be a crimefighter can also get the best of him. He can be a little too full of himself at times. Sometimes he doesn’t question himself when he should. That’s why Launchpad and Gosalyn are so important. They force him to think about someone other than himself and prevent him from becoming an egomaniac.
Darkwing’s not in a great place at the start of the story. St. Canard has no use for a masked crimefighter anymore. A giant corporation, Quackwerks, has taken control of everything, including law enforcement. Now lowly Drake Mallard has to share a cubicle with a certain familiar face. But that Darkwing spirit is still inside him. That spirit will come in handy, as you’ll soon see.
Ironically, although being a sort of parody of Batman: The Animated Series and pulp heroes like The Shadow, Darkwing Duck only headlined one miniseries and two specials in the early 1990s before being mothballed for nearly 20 years. Since then, Darkwing Duck has become one of the most resilient characters out of the Disney Afternoon syndicated animation block, and of the characters that both Disney and comic book fans demand a return to.
The original Darkwing Duck television program aired in syndication for 91 episodes in 1991 and 1992 as part of the two-hour syndicated animation block, the Disney Afternoon. Operating both as a slap-stick comedy and an adventure show with nods to Batman and the pulp-era heroes from the 1930s, the show was also a sort of spin-off from Disney’s Ducktales, where Darkwing’s sidekick, Launchpad McQuack also co-starred with Scrooge McDuck and Huey, Dewey and Louie.
BOOM! Studios has already had several successes with Disney properties, either by taking over and putting a new spin on the classic characters (Walt Disney's Comics and Stories, Donald Duck & Friends), breathing new life on properties that have been mishandled for years (The Muppet Show, Muppet Peter Pan), or spinning off the hugely popular Pixar characters into infinity and beyond (Toy Story, The Incredibles, Cars).
Darkwing Duck: The Duck Knight Returns #1 by Ian Brill and James Silvana will be released in June by BOOM! Studios.