Family Comic Friday: Mickey and Donald’s Christmas Parade 2019
Mickey’s holiday shopping is in your control in this Family Comic Friday review of Mickey and Donald’s Christmas Parade 2019!
Mickey and Donald’s Christmas Parade 2019
Written by Massimo Marconi, Carlo Panaro, Various
Art by Massimo De Vita, Various
Published by IDW Publishing
IDW and Disney gives fans a special treat in the opening story of this 2019 holiday special. Mickey has lost the Christmas presents he bought for his girlfriend Minnie. As he hunts for the missing gift, you, the reader, will get to guide Mickey’s trek through town. Will he go back to the toy store for a replacement stuffed reindeer? Or will Mickey follow some clues to get behind the mystery of just who stole Minnie’s Christmas gift? It’s all up to you to decide how Mickey will navigate Mouseton on Christmas Eve!
There’s a total of 8 all-new (to American readers) Christmas themed stories starring some of your favorite Disney characters. Most of these Christmas carols are 1-2 page gags involving Donald Duck and family. However, along with the Mickey Choose-Your-Own-Adventure tale, this book includes a holiday-themed romp starring Uncle Scrooge and a caper starring Peg-Leg Pete!
In the Uncle Scrooge account, McDuck competes with a rival business man for an important merger. Both Scrooge and is competitor think that the way to seal the deal is by purchasing the hottest toy on the market for the son of their potential new business partner. On this holiday hunt, both Scrooge and his contender will learn that being rich is nothing compared to eager parents looking for toys for their little ones!
The Peg-leg Pete narrative is rather interesting. The enemy of Mickey and Goofy is not in the Christmas spirit. Instead of being generous, Pete is looking to rip-off busy patrons shopping for holiday treasures. Will the festive season of giving wear down this Grinch?
I loved the Choose-Your-Own-Adventures story. this type of yarn in which you control the actions of the characters is relatively new to comics. Mostly, because it’s really hard to execute such storylines very well. But writer Massimo Marconi manages to pull it off with varying degrees of satisfying endings! Reading all of the possible outcomes is a must!
The Scrooge story was a modern classic. It had a Carl Barks feel to it. The Peg-Leg Pete piece would up being heartwarming in that classic Disney manner. But if I could have gotten another story like that Mickey Mouse feature, that would have been awesome! It really was that good!
Disney knows how to do Christmas perfectly and it shows here. True, the stories are from Italy. But they all translated very well and capture that holiday spirit in such a timeless manner, that you will not notice any cross-cultural differences! And honestly, why should you?! This book is 100% Christmas and that’s really all that matters.
Mickey and Donald’s Christmas Parade 2019 debuted in print and digital formats on December 4th, 2019.
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