In Review: Howard The Duck (2023) #1

CELEBRATE HIS 50TH ANNIVERSARY IN THIS ALL-NEW ONE-SHOT!
Howard

Synopsis: CELEBRATE HIS 50TH ANNIVERSARY IN THIS ALL-NEW ONE-SHOT! Meet Howard. He’s a hard-boiled P.I. with problems by the duckload. But a cosmic, all-seeing friend(?) known as the Peeper(!) is giving him a chance to see what his life COULD be! The joys he COULD have! All the ways his life COULD suck way less than it does now! In other words: “Whaugh If?”

 

The Stories

This celebratory collection has three new stories in which the Peeper a less serious and more laid-back version of The Watcher shows Howard The Duck some of his alternative timelines. In the first story, we see Howard as President of the USA and in this role, he winds up defending the Earth from a greedy group of Aliens. The second story Proteus makes Howard into a Mutant, which allows our intrepid Duck entry into The X-Men.

In the final Story. Howard is the new leader of The Guardians of the Galaxy and has the team rescuing missing pets. But when asked for some bigger jobs. Howard puts the Guardians to work on finding a few missing planets.

 

The Artwork

The art team on this book do a great job of capturing the crazy visuals that you’d expect from a Howard The Duck story. The art style feels very much like an old-style Saturday Morning cartoon from the 80s and 90s. I loved seeing Howard in his old-style X-Men costume, which is one of many of the great visuals in this book.

 

Overall

The various writers and artists have done a great job with this book. The stories are all a laugh-a-minute and give us a less serious look at the Marvel Universe. I loved the character drawings and various backdrops used in the issue. The thought of Howard The Duck leading the Guardians of the Galaxy was hilarious. Marvel should do something with this character and give him his own Disney Plus show. Even if it is just a one-off. It would be fun to see.

9.3
Howard The Duck (2023) #1
  • Covers
    9.0
  • Stories
    8.6
  • Artwork
    9.8
  • Lettering
    9.4
  • Colours
    9.8

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