As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, outside of a number of quality hardcover reprint editions of classic Donald, Scrooge, and Mickey material (that I’ve had to purchase online for the added discount given the hefty price tags) I’ve been underwhelmed with the monthly Disney comics featuring the classic Disney characters as interpreted by modern creators that Boom! Studios has been putting out. I hate to say that, but I just haven’t had the same kind of enthusiasm for these new stories that I did for the new(er) material that Gemstone was releasing alongside the classic reprints month in and month out.
That said, I have to admit that I was really glad to hear that Boom! was bringing back Duck Tales in the pages of Uncle Scrooge and was surprised when they later announced that a Darkwing Duck mini (now an ongoing series) was in the works as well and was being written by Ian Brill (a huge fan of the original animated source material). That was enough to impress me, but then this weekend they went and announced a new Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers ongoing and I could do nothing but smile. I grew up loving that classic Disney animation block and with creators at the helm that are exciting about returning to each of these characters, coupled with the quality artwork that has followed in the previews, I think its safe to say that I’ll be giving these a try in the collected format and that if they impress as much as I’m hoping they will — that I’ll happily say some good words about them here to offset some of my criticism of other aspects of the line.
Debuting in 1989, Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers re-imagined Disney’s long-running chipmunk troublemakers as a detective duo, joined by a couple of mice — cheese-loving adventurer Monterey Jack and spunky inventor Gadget — and a surprisingly helpful housefly named Zipper. The show was one of Disney’s many syndicated animated hits of that era; running for 65 episodes, spawning a couple of NES games and getting 19 issues of a comic from Disney’s short-lived comic book publishing division. Twenty years later, BOOM! Studios is following up on the success of their Darkwing Duck comic and debuting a new Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers ongoing series this December, from Darkwing writer Ian Brill and with Leonel Castellani (Super Hero Squad) on art. Newsarama contacted Brill to find out if there’s still no case too big, no case too small.
You can read the rest of the interview here. And be on the lookout for Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers this December.