The series-ending “Dark Currency” crossover arc which began last week in DuckTales #5 continues here as Darkwing, Launchpad, Scrooge McDuck and the kids crash into Quackwerks (literally) and begin their search for Gizmoduck.
As you would expect for a crossover event made to send both titles out on top this one is filled to the brim with appearances by Darkwing’s rogues gallery (Megavolt, Bushroot, Quackerjack, The Liquidator, Ammonia Pine) all suped-up on the dark magic from Magica and the Phantom Blot (and you really don’t want to know its effect on the good guys!).
The writing and art is a little more consistent than in last week’s issue (as it falls squarely on the shoulders of the comic’s regular team of Ian Brill and James Silvani this time around) and it certainly doesn’t skimp on action. One of may favorite panels includes Darkwing and pals looking up at the oncoming storm of some of his powerful villains descending on them. If the point of this crossover was to send both comics out with a big event it’s succeeding.
If I have one complaint its that this storyline isn’t quite as tongue-in-cheek as some of the comic’s best arcs. (Although this one does include Gizmoduck fighting off the Blot’s magic by being talked down to by his mother.) The recent mayoral story arc is far less sexy than an entire town being transformed by evil sludge, but it did provide many great moments along the way.
That said, there’s still plenty to make this one an easy recommendation. Next month will see the final two issues of the crossover, and the final issue of Darkwing Duck, hit comic shops. I’m going to be sad to see it go. Worth a look.