As a late-comer to comics (the first comic I ever really read was when I was nearly ten years old), I missed the heyday of Howard The Duck in his original Carter-era malaise.  When I finally bought it, I only purchased it because I had read all the Defenders, Captain America and Firestorm issues that Pat’s Book Nook had to offer, and I figured that a funny animal comic was better than no comic at all.  I was wrong on a number of levels: Howard is no funny animal; his world is decidedly complex and uniquely cynical; and the thirty-odd issues of his book were better than most of the comics I had read.  (Don’t believe me?  Click here!)  Now that Howard is in the public eye for something more than George Lucas’ first big flop, he’s making a return in comics as well, under the pen of Chip Zdarsky (whose work on books like ‘Sex Criminals’ wouldn’t be possible without the trail that Howard and his creator Steve Gerber) blazed back in those heady days) which leads us to today’s semi-aquatic query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) reminds those who hated the movie that ‘Batman & Robin’ was a trainwreck, too, but that didn’t stop them from making seventeen more Bat-films since, asking; Are you excited about new adventures for Howard The Duck?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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5 Comments

  1. November 24, 2014 at 11:32 am — Reply

    My gut reaction at the first images was how UN-exaggerated his features appear. My gut reaction is that there was a Disney dictate that read, ‘Sure, bring back Howard, but make sure he doesn’t look ANYTHING like Donald any more.’

    I don’t know if I’m even in the ball park of being right, but that’s my gut reaction and I was immediately put off…

  2. November 24, 2014 at 11:35 am — Reply

    I would rather say intrigued instead of excited, because I’ve never read any Howard. Maybe this time I’ll check it out.

  3. Alisha
    November 24, 2014 at 1:01 pm — Reply

    Somewhat. I really like Howard, but until I actually see the series, I’m merely interested.

  4. Greg
    November 24, 2014 at 2:12 pm — Reply

    I’m happy, but not excited.

  5. Oldcomicfan
    November 24, 2014 at 5:25 pm — Reply

    Oh yes. I’m been missing such phrases as “Trapped in a World He Never Made” for the last thirty years. Ouch. I sprained my sarcasm. I was never a great fan of Howard the Duck. He made as much sense as Mr. Tawny the Talking Tiger.

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