Comic Review: Disney Comics and Stories #11 (IDW Publishing)

Maybe it’s time for March break, and maybe with the Covid-19 virus circulating, it’s time for Gyro And The Surprise Staycation! It’s one of three stories in Disney Comics and […]

Maybe it’s time for March break, and maybe with the Covid-19 virus circulating, it’s time for Gyro And The Surprise Staycation!

It’s one of three stories in Disney Comics and Stories #11, from IDW. All three stories are translated from their original appearance in Italy’s Topolino, sometime between 2012 and 2019. No matter, this is their first appearance in North America, and all three are excellent.

Writers Augusto Macchetto, Enrico Faccini, and Federico Rossi Edrighi have a knack for fun scenes involving Uncle Scrooge, inventor Gyro Gearloose, and a bevy of backup characters. These are not simple retreads of common Disney themes, rather they are inventive, alive and original stories. The scenes unfold naturally. The dialogue is excellently translated by Erin Brady, a professional book translator living in Barcelona. There are some good one-liners that survive very well!

I am very impressed with the visuals in this issue too. Andrea Freccero stands out in a crowd for his ability to smoothly finesse the many characters, angles, backgrounds, and antics into a single panel. There is ‘a ton’ going on here, but the story never suffers, rather it is enhanced by the choreographed chaos. This work really is exquisite. Likewise, a strong issue with other visuals by Enrico Faccini (he also writes) and Lorenzo Pastrovicchio.

Three stories about summertime, well-rehearsed and carried out. If you’re stuck in the house or sticking around town for March break with the kids and want a diversion, check out Disney Comics and Stories issue 11!

IDW, Disney Comics And Stories #11, $5.99 for 40 pages. All ages

Alan Spinney

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After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!