WALT DISNEY COMICS & STORIES #721 Review
IDW Publishing have re-launched Walt Disney Comics & Stories which features a variety of stories featuring classic Disney characters like Donald Duck, Scrooge, Goofy, Mickey Mouse and much more.
Included in this first episode part 1 of the “The Search for the Zodiac Stone” which was originally published in Italian Topolino 1780 (1990). In the start of a legendary Disney epic, Mickey and Goofy seek a mystic treasure that will soon ensnare Donald, Scrooge, and the Phantom Blot! This story takes up the majority of the comic book and as it is a story with 12 chapters, this looks to be the main focus of the Walt Disney Comic & Stories books for the year ahead. This story sees Mickey, Goofy and Donald trying to track down long lost relatives from the 16th century to track down parts of the Zodiac Stone, there is time travel, a trip to Miami and Peg Leg Pete as a waiter. Its an odd story and it’ll be interesting to see where this story takes the team.
A classic from the 30’s is included in this edition, “Bee-Wildered Banquet” from Silly Symphonies Sunday comic strip (1933), this is a nice touch and adds to the history of this comic book.
A third story is “Bet You Didn’t” from Dutch Donald Duck 27/1982 and this is classic Saturday morning comic book material with Donald getting chased by some Boxers, resulting in Donald being hit with a variety of objects including tar and feathers, but thankfully everything worked out fine in the end! This is a fun little story that did make me chuckle while reading it.
And the fourth story is “Gremlin Gus and the Widgets” from Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories 34 (1943). Another nice touch to include a older story from Disney’s archives, its pretty simple but was a story and went back over twice.
There are a number of different variant covers for this comic but its the Fantasyland Teacups one that stands out to me.
One of the things I like about this collection, is how varied they are, there are stories from different eras and styles, making it a enjoyable read for Disney fans, but also having a combination of a longer story with an arc and the single page shorts, means its easy to pick up and read, perfect for younger readers.