Uncle Scrooge #22 – Review
The Golden Birds
Writer: Romano Scarpa
Artist: Luca Boschi
Writer: Gorm TransgaardArtist: Vitor “Vicar” Arriagada Rios
Writer: Kai Vainiomaki
Artist: Carlos Mota
Publisher: IDW Publishing
When Uncle Scrooge #22 came up on the read and review list I jumped at it. In today’s comic environment where the darker and more convoluted story the better I thought, “Man some good old Disney will be a nice break”. With that, I must say this issue did not disappoint but it should have been billed as the International issue of Uncle Scrooge as you get 3 stories that have never seen publication in the US before.
The first story in this issue entitled The Golden Birds comes from Italian Disney Anni D’Oro #5 form 2009. Written by Romano Scarpa with art by Luca Boschi this issue open with Uncle Scrooge contemplating the Journal of on Admiral Byrd, who during a trip to the Antarctic found a tropical Oasis where a group of large Golden-feathered birds live. So in reading this Uncle Scrooge decides to take his lovesick business-gal Brigitta McBridge on a trip to the Antarctic in search of the golden birds. However, when returning the Journal to the Naval Research Center Uncle Scrooge discovers that is not the first to examine the Journal in recent days but the second. Brigitta’s corporate crony Jubal Pomp recently checked out the Journal and no doubt is on his way to the Antarctic. Recognizing this Uncle Scrooge takes off to pick up Brigitta and set out for the Antarctic in chase of Jubal Pomp and hilarity and adventure ensue.
The second story, Going Medieval from Danish Anders And & Co. 39-40 from 2003 written by Gorm Rransgaard with art by Victor Arriagada Rios. This story finds Uncle Scrooge in a tizzy as he discovers that the Beagle Boys are getting paroled early for good behavior. With this in mind Uncle Scrooge knows that no doubt the Beagle Boys will be after his money again. Sadly, his impregnable vault is in need of dire repairs after years of neglect and will be an easy target for the Boys. So, to keep his money safe Uncle Scrooge decides to move it to Fort Duckburg where he can quickly renovate it into a Medieval style castle ensuring it’s safety. Undeterred, the Beagle Boys opt to attack the newly renovated Fort using Medieval means. Armed with catapults they lay siege to the Fort in an attempt to steal Uncle Scrooge’s money.
There is a third story included in this issue but I am not going to discuss it, trust me and by the issue and read it for yourself. The writing and art for this issue overall is at a very high and consistent level. The story’s all play out as very simple adventures that open and close within the issue. Here are no cliffhangers, no larger overarching story that connects to other issues and no convoluted morals. It is refreshing to sometimes just take a break and read something a little lighter. Uncle Scrooge has only two purposes in his life, making more money and protecting the money that he has. As long as that is what you expect and a few laughs you will not be disappointed. Pick it up as this issue serves as a nice break we all desperately need.