Nostalgia continues to be the biggest creative outlet these days. More often than not, the past is brought back and updated rather than new ideas being introduced. Some are good, some are bad, but some deserve to make a return. The reenergizing of the Disney Afternoon titles is one of them. Now, new generations can be exposed to some of the finest franchises created for kids in the last 30 years, like Chip N Dale: Rescue Rangers.
Writer Ian Brill sends the team into a new mystery, as they attempt to rescue a kidnapped girl from a group of dangerous ninja porcupines known as the Order of the Quill. These new adversaries are a fun idea and, like I said in my last review, I love when licensed properties are given new blood in the form of newly created characters. Issue #6 has a fairly straightforward story: a problem is presented, there’s an attempt to solve said problem and more complications arise from it. Unfortunately, I felt the pacing to be a bit off this time. Some ideas that were quickly passed over could have used some more focus while other scenarios took too much time. The preparation given to the Rescue Rangers to approach these new villains could have been condensed while the introduction of side characters and plot points seemed a bit rushed.
While on the topic of ambiguous ideas, Brill begins the story from Dale’s point of view and delves into some personal misgivings he’s been having recently. Giving a stock cartoon character mysterious worries of self-doubt was a phenomenal idea that blew me away. Unfortunately, this only comes up twice throughout the issue and isn’t given enough time to develop. Also, the use of Dale’s internal monologue should have been threaded throughout the entire book, rather than popping in only a select few times. As I’ve stated before, I’m a big fan of Brill’s Darkwing Duck writing, but this issue of Chip N Dale didn’t seem to capture the same magic he normally puts out. Much of the dialogue felt a bit downplayed, as if he was writing down to kids instead of writing for kids. Now, I know these are children’s’ cartoon characters, but Brill’s humor matches up with readers both young and old in his Darkwing Duck title. This issue just seemed to lack that duality.
In terms of the art, we’ve got three artists providing it this month: Leonel Castellani, Ricardo Garcia and guest artist Morgan Luthi, who brings some fun, stylized penciling for the origin of the Order of the Quill. These few panels were sharp, interesting, and different enough to justify having them present. The current art team did their usual good job for this issue, although I noticed a few pages that seemed less fleshed out than others. Certain pages were incredibly detailed certain pages while others lacked it.
Overall, this issue did a standard job of building upon the limited cartoon universe shown on TV. However, parts of the book felt a bit rushed; the ideas were there but could have used another look. This won’t discourage me from the title; I have faith in Ian Brill and am a big supporter of his work, so I’ll still be following his books for quite some time.