Best Shots Extra: DONALD DUCK & FRIENDS #347
Written by Fausto Vitaliano
Art by Andrea Freccero
Translation by Saida Temofonte
Letters by Jose Macasocol, Jr.
Published by BOOM! Studios
Review by David Pepose
When trouble strikes, forget James Bond and Jason Bourne -- BOOM! Studios is turning to Donald Duck.
With a surprisingly edgy-looking cover, Donald Duck and Friends #347 looks to take the action/adventure route, as the Disney duck falls into the world of super spydom. First and foremost, credit has to be given to translator Saida Temofonte -- if I hadn't seen there was a translator even on board, I would have thought this was originated in the U.S. of A. With some clever skewering of the spy genre at the beginning of the book segueing to some amusing romantic arguing, this book doesn't talk down to kids, which is always great.
Artist Andrea Freccero definitely surprised me with the art. Despite some occasional missteps in panel composition -- including one page that you have to almost have to read backwards in order to understand it -- the art definitely lends itself to fluidity and motion. The colors especially look great, giving everything a nice amount of energy.
That said, this book -- despite being marketed for younger audiences -- surprisingly falls victim to decompressed storytelling, leading the cover to be, well, the most interesting part of the book. That's not to say that the comedy isn't intact -- and the question of Donald Duck blacking out for three days (trust me, the reasons are G-rated enough) is really interesting -- but all that aside, the book doesn't really deliver enough on the premise listed on the cover. But if you or your kids are Donald fans who are looking to see a duck get his due, this is a good start.