HOWARD THE DUCK #1 by Chip Zdarsky and Joe Quinones

Howard The Duck #1 cover from Marvel Comics
Chip Zdarsky is one of the most in-demand creators in the industry right now stemming from his work with Matt Fraction on SEX CRIMINALS. Even so, the world was a little shocked when he was announced as the writer for a new HOWARD THE DUCK series. Well, shocked that there was more Howard the Duck at all. Once his first issue with Joe Quinones came out, however, there was something even more shocking. The character, while still humorous, was less of an angry, old quack and more of a sad, lonely duck.

The first issue of the series begins and ends with Howard in prison. His mouth gets him into trouble with characters like She-Hulk and Spider-Man. However, his emotions attract new characters such as Tara the Skrull. Quinones brings this character into a 3D world with his unique style of art manifesting in Howard popping off the page with his unique personality. The artwork goes hand in hand with Zdarsky’s sense of humor. In fact, the first issue includes the greatest workout montage in all of 2015. Yeah, I’m looking at you, CREED!

Why I Love Marvel Comics’ HOWARD THE DUCK

What truly made me fall in love with this series, especially the first issue, is that the frequency of the humor doesn’t mask the emotional depravity that the character feels. Readers get the laughs but also feel the sadness that Howard radiates, the duck on a human planet that doesn’t belong. One of the major themes of this series is depression, and that is not something I expected in a book about a talking duck. If that doesn’t do anything for you, let me tell you about the second greatest scene in this issue: an overly emotional Spider-Man crying out for his Uncle Ben after thinking his actions led to the death of another character. Disturbing? Maybe. But hilarious, nonetheless! (Trust me)

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