Darkwing Duck is a comic book spun off from the animated series of the same name, published by Boom! Studios. Originally announced as a four-issue mini-series, it was extended into an ongoing title due to positive fan reaction. It ultimately ran for 18 issues, with the addition of a special "annual issue", from June 2010 to October 2011. The series was written by Aaron Sparrow (uncredited), Ian Brill, and drawn by James Silvani, and was set one year after the end of the show. Each story arc in the comic was 4 issues long, as 88 total pages of story was the required length for Boom!'s trade paperbacks.

Revised versions of all of this comic's story arcs (except for the non-canon "Dangerous Currency") were printed in Darkwing Duck: The Definitively Dangerous Edition as a lead-in to the comic's continuation under Joe Books. However, the original version of the comic's first arc, "The Duck Knight Returns", was reprinted in Disney Afternoon Giant #5-8.

Issue guide

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1 "The Duck Knight Returns - Part 1" June 16, 2010 (first printing)
September 1, 2010 (second printing)
Once St. Canard's greatest protector, Darkwing Duck was known all over the world over as "The Terror That Flaps in the Night". Now, mysteriously, DW has not been see or heard from in well over a year - and St. Canard finds that evil is once again on the rise. But when a nefarious plan threatens everyone, it's time for the Duck Knight to return!

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2 "The Duck Knight Returns - Part 2" July 21, 2010
With Quackwerks' machines running out of control, only Darkwing Duck can save the city of St. Canard, but is Drake Mallard ready to once again become the terror that flaps in the night? And whatever happened to Launchpad McQuack?

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3 "The Duck Knight Returns - Part 3" August 18, 2010
Launchpad McQuack is back in action - but some of Darkwing's old foes are determined to make sure that his reunion with the Duck Knight is short-lived! And the shadowy figure behind Quackwerks is revealed!

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4 "The Duck Knight Returns - Part 4" September 22, 2010
As the villain behind Quackwerks' takeover of St. Canard is revealed,the events he's set in motion may be too much for even the Masked Mallard to overcome!

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5 "Crisis on Infinite Darkwings - Part 1" October 20, 2010
Following the events of "The Duck Knight Returns", Darkwing Duck is once again protecting the streets of St. Canard. However, his greatest enemy is determined to finish the job he started in dismantling Drake Mallard's life and Darkwing's reputation...and he's brought a DuckTales villain along for the mayhem!

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6 "Crisis on Infinite Darkwings - Part 2" November 17, 2010
Darkwing Duck is back, and back, and back and back some more as the city of St. Canard is under siege by an army of Darkwings; thus, making our hero public enemy number-one! However, in order to clear his name he must first defeat an enemy that strikes without warning... can you say bowling ball Darkwing?

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7 "Crisis on Infinite Darkwings - Part 3" December 15, 2010
In this issue we have the sorcery showdown of the century! In one corner: the evil, Italian enchantress Magica de Spell! In the other corner: the enigmatic necromancer Morgana McCawber! Oh... yeah... and Darkwing Duck is in it too.

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8 "Crisis on Infinite Darkwings - Part 4" January 19, 2011
With The Crisis on Infinite Darkwings reaching its zenith, an old evil (and no, we're not talking Uncle Scrooge here people!) reemerges as the true source of St. Canard's terrible water troubles! Cringe as both hero and villain find themselves treading turbulent terror! Gasp as the Darkwing Ducks rally to turn the tide toward triumph! Run to pick up the exciting conclusion of "Crisis on Infinite Darkwings"!

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Annual #1 "Toy With Me" and "The Untimely Terror of the Time Turtle" March 3, 2011

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9 "F.O.W.L. Disposition - Part 1" February 16, 2011

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10 "F.O.W.L. Disposition - Part 2" March 16, 2011

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11 "F.O.W.L. Disposition - Part 3" April 20, 2011

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12 "F.O.W.L. Disposition - Part 4" May 13, 2011

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13 "Done in One" June 14, 2011

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14 "Cat-tastrophe" July 2011

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15 "The Ballot of Darkwing Duck & Launchpad, Part 1" August 2011

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16 "The Ballot of Darkwing Duck & Launchpad, Part 2" September 2011

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17 "Dangerous Currency - Part 2" October 12, 2011
The Darkwing Duck/DuckTales crossover event twenty years in the making picks up from DuckTales #5 here! Whatever happened to Fenton Crackshell, the original Gizmoduck? Darkwing Duck and visiting Duckburg tycoon Scrooge McDuck intend to find out - that is, if they don't disappear themselves!

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18 "Dangerous Currency - Part 4" November 9, 2011

Reprint collections

Cover Title Published ISBN
Darkwing Duck The Duck Knight Returns TPB.jpg The Duck Knight Returns December 7, 2010 1-60886-576-2
Collects issues #1-4.
Crisis on Infinite Darkwings trade paperback.jpg Crisis on Infinite Darkwings May 3, 2011 1-60886-626-2
Collects issues #5-8.
Darkwing Duck FOWL Disposition TPB.jpg F.O.W.L. Disposition September 20, 2011 1-60886-661-0
Collects issues #9-12.
Darkwing Duck Campaign Carnage TPB.jpg Campaign Carnage April 3, 2012 1-60886-643-2
Collects issues #13-16 and the annual.
Dangerous Currency trade paperback.jpg Dangerous Currency February 7, 2012 1-60886-251-8
Collects issues #17-18 and DuckTales #5-6.
Darkwing Duck Definitively Dangerous Edition.png The Definitively Dangerous Edition January 21, 2015 1-92651-604-4
Collects issues #1-16 and the annual.

Creator controversy

Throughout the run of the Darkwing Duck comic series, there was controversy as to who was responsible for the series. Editor Aaron Sparrow is largely credited with the idea to relaunch the property and has claimed to have plotted the first year's arcs and come up with many of the concepts for following story arcs.[1] This has been publicly disputed by Boom and credited series writer Ian Brill. However, artist James Silvani has publicly credited Aaron Sparrow not only with the idea of bringing the series back, but assisting him in ghost-writing much of the series and changing a lot of the concepts Ian Brill brought to the series following Sparrow's departure from Boom! Studios. This seems to be further corroborated by the fact that Sparrow and Silvani have both stated they did not write any of the final arc of the series, "Dangerous Currency", which was largely panned by fans for having many glaring character inconsistencies, particularly in the case of Gizmoduck.[2]

Darkwing Duck creator Tad Stones also publicly credited Aaron Sparrow as bringing the character back in a 2010 Boom Kids! "Get A Sketch" panel at Comic-Con International. It may also be noted that Sparrow continues to make public appearances with Silvani and Stones, and Ian Brill does not. In a 2011 livestream interview, Tad Stones admitted he was unhappy with later issues of the series, and particularly criticized the "Campaign Carnage" arc, of which he "tried to talk them out of." When questioned on whether he had read the entire comic series he stated: "Not the later stuff. I applaud what James tried to do. I hear he saved them but I thought the central premises were wrong." [3]

In 2013, Disney European publisher Egmont released a compendium of the first three story arcs from the comic. Aaron Sparrow's story credits were not only restored, but he and James Silvani created an all-new 3-page introduction, and Ian Brill's dialogue was replaced with original dialogue by Sparrow.

When it was announced in 2014 that the comic was going to be continued under Joe Books, it was stated that the Definitively Dangerous Edition omnibus leading in to the new series would contain revised art and a new epilogue, and that the script had been "painstakingly rewritten" by Aaron Sparrow to better match the cartoon. The omnibus was also stated to not contain "Dangerous Currency", seeming to further call into question Ian Brill's claims of sole authorship. Brill subsequently stated on his Tumblr account that he and the comic's former editor, Christoper Burns, felt "this book will not reflect our intentions for the material, [so] we wish for our names to be removed from the book, and for our names not to be used in the promotion of the book."[4]


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