Comic Review: Uncle Scrooge #55 (IDW Publishing)

From Disney and IDW, Uncle Scrooge #55 presents Chapter One of a saga. It’s all about the McDuck Dynasty; the ancestors of the current day McDuck’s. In two linked stories, […]

From Disney and IDW, Uncle Scrooge #55 presents Chapter One of a saga. It’s all about the McDuck Dynasty; the ancestors of the current day McDuck’s.

In two linked stories, originally appearing in the Italian publication Topolino #3232, the story is newly translated for its first appearance in North America.

The writer is Alessandro Sisti, the artist is Claudio Sciarrone, with colouring by Disney Italia. It’s translated by Erin Brady.

Basically, the story is about coins. One thousand old coins, which were passed down through the generations by the McDuck Dynasty. Through a somewhat confusing explanation (the chest of coins was hidden in a cave on the moon by Scrooge, then somehow wasn’t, and instead Donald dumped it in the deep ocean for safety, and so on), we come to understand the situation: it’s time to submerge underwater and get those coins.

As the story progresses, things get weirder: rubbing one of the coins brings visions of the McDuck family far into the future! Now, we’re off to yet another adventure!

It’s a roller coaster of stitched together scenarios, but well illustrated and fun, if you can keep your head above water. Tread carefully, this one can quickly make you drift away from the who, what, when and why.

The story (stories?) continues next month in Chapter Two of the New Adventures of the McDuck Dynasty.

IDW, Uncle Scrooge #55, $5.99 for 41 pages of content. All ages

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