He's back! First look at Marvel's new Howard the Duck ongoing comic series

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Nov 21, 2014

Marvel’s Howard the Duck has been enjoying a bit of a renaissance of late, and the comic company plans to capitalize.

A new, ongoing Howard the Duck comic series is set to launch in spring 2015, developed by the talented duo Chip Zdarsky (Sex Criminals) and Joe Quinones. The series will follow the snarky duck from another planet as he “sets up shop” in the Marvel Universe as a private investigator, according to the Entertainment Weekly.

Created by Steve Gerber and Val Mayerik, Howard the Duck has been bouncing around since 1973. He’s best known for the infamously terrible 1986 Howard the Duck film, but he got a second shot at big-screen fame with a post-credit cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy. The scene was a hit, hence the revitalized comic series.

Here’s how Zdarsky explained the pitch to Entertainment Weekly:

“He’s an everyman who happens to be a duck! He’s angry, exasperated, and he’s had it up to here with the world around him, but he’s trapped here! Infinitely relatable!

I love the contrast of Howard against both the normal world of us hairless apes and the weird worlds of Man-Things and Dr. Stranges and Spider-Mans. Cause he doesn’t fit into either, really. I’m just going to continue exploring those contrasts, but my ultimate goal is to make it funny. Marvel has taken chances on funny books and injecting humor into superhero titles, so I want to make sure this is worth some chuckles here and there. God, I’m picturing the reviews now: “Some chuckles here and there.” Shoot for the stars, Chip!

I talk about this a lot with Sex Criminals, the overwhelming guilt I feel from people paying money for my comics. I want to jam-pack these issues with tons of jokes and action and weirdness because people are buying it and I want that purchase to be justified.”

This definitely sounds like the right creative team to bring Howard back to prominence, and we can’t wait to see how he leaves his mark on the current version of the Marvel Universe.

(Via Entertainment Weekly)