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Howard's greatest enemy, Dr. Bong, has the fuming fowl at his mercy! And Howie's best gal Beverly faces an ultimatum: marry the villain or the duck's goose is cooked! Bing-Bong, the bells are gonna chime! It gets worse still for our feathered friend when he undergoes a monstrous transformation...into Howard the Human! Maybe he and his old pal Man-Thing will find some new h Howard's greatest enemy, Dr. Bong, has the fuming fowl at his mercy! And Howie's best gal Beverly faces an ultimatum: marry the villain or the duck's goose is cooked! Bing-Bong, the bells are gonna chime! It gets worse still for our feathered friend when he undergoes a monstrous transformation...into Howard the Human! Maybe he and his old pal Man-Thing will find some new hope in an oddly familiar galaxy amid a Star Waaugh! COLLECTING: HOWARD THE DUCK (1976) 17-31, HOWARD THE DUCK MAGAZINE 1


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Howard's greatest enemy, Dr. Bong, has the fuming fowl at his mercy! And Howie's best gal Beverly faces an ultimatum: marry the villain or the duck's goose is cooked! Bing-Bong, the bells are gonna chime! It gets worse still for our feathered friend when he undergoes a monstrous transformation...into Howard the Human! Maybe he and his old pal Man-Thing will find some new h Howard's greatest enemy, Dr. Bong, has the fuming fowl at his mercy! And Howie's best gal Beverly faces an ultimatum: marry the villain or the duck's goose is cooked! Bing-Bong, the bells are gonna chime! It gets worse still for our feathered friend when he undergoes a monstrous transformation...into Howard the Human! Maybe he and his old pal Man-Thing will find some new hope in an oddly familiar galaxy amid a Star Waaugh! COLLECTING: HOWARD THE DUCK (1976) 17-31, HOWARD THE DUCK MAGAZINE 1

30 review for Howard the Duck: The Complete Collection, Vol. 2

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dr. Detroit

    Trapped in a world he never made. Not to mention a really bad movie with Lea Thompson. Upon second examination, Howard the Duck seems to have lost some of the sheen he had when I read this back in high school. Maybe it was the drugs.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alex Sarll

    Collecting the latter half of the original run, and for a book so thoroughly of its mid-seventies era, this is horribly prescient. Howard's nemesis Dr Bong is revealed as a former purveyor of fake news, as convinced as any online incel that women owe him a date. Censorious suicide bombers attack gigs. There's even an unfunny, incoherent pastiche of the original Star Wars, decades before The Force Awakens. But overall, it's a more downbeat affair than the first volume - it's not like the series d Collecting the latter half of the original run, and for a book so thoroughly of its mid-seventies era, this is horribly prescient. Howard's nemesis Dr Bong is revealed as a former purveyor of fake news, as convinced as any online incel that women owe him a date. Censorious suicide bombers attack gigs. There's even an unfunny, incoherent pastiche of the original Star Wars, decades before The Force Awakens. But overall, it's a more downbeat affair than the first volume - it's not like the series didn't already have frequent encounters with weirdoes and crazy homeless people, but they're no longer being played for laughs so much as straight expressions of dark times. Villains forcing the female lead into marriage is hardly a new trope either, even then - but few protagonists would accept it with the same resignation as Howard, while Beverly seems for a time less to be plotting escape than merely annoyed at being neglected by her new spouse. And then we get enough of the comic post-Gerber, and an issue of the monochrome magazine into which it morphed, to understand why it sank without him - there are occasional great ideas from Mantlo et al (the Bong quintuplets!) but for the most part it becomes a mere tribute act. Worse, where Howard had been a sort of low-rent feathered Socrates, questioning everything, at times (especially in the one-page strips) he's reduced to a mere grumpy old man - the rabid anti-Communist version reads more like the sort of character with whom he'd previously tangled than Howard himself.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Greg Kerestan

    The first collected volume of Howard the Duck was a peerless collection of sci-fi satire. This second volume, while still very good, is unable to come close to the genre-bending wildness of the first half of the initial comic's run. There's a little too much direct topical humor here; the "Star Wars" parody is nowhere near as good as "Spaceballs," and SOOFI's censorship terrorism hasn't aged particularly well either. Nonetheless, when Howard is allowed to just be his anti-establishment philosoph The first collected volume of Howard the Duck was a peerless collection of sci-fi satire. This second volume, while still very good, is unable to come close to the genre-bending wildness of the first half of the initial comic's run. There's a little too much direct topical humor here; the "Star Wars" parody is nowhere near as good as "Spaceballs," and SOOFI's censorship terrorism hasn't aged particularly well either. Nonetheless, when Howard is allowed to just be his anti-establishment philosophical self, the series can still shine, even as it transitions from color to black and white in the final issues presented here.

  4. 5 out of 5

    James

    Losing Gerber's voice hurt the series in the end, that's not to say the Mantlo stories are bad. It's just Gerber was a very unique writer for comics in the 1970's, I don't think Howard the Duck storiea have ever really recovered from it. These are fun though, worth a read for the Star Wars parody alone. Losing Gerber's voice hurt the series in the end, that's not to say the Mantlo stories are bad. It's just Gerber was a very unique writer for comics in the 1970's, I don't think Howard the Duck storiea have ever really recovered from it. These are fun though, worth a read for the Star Wars parody alone.

  5. 4 out of 5

    James

    This 2nd compendium runs through the color comic versions of HOWARD and includes the 1st issue of a black & white magazine version that followed the end of the monthly comic. Most of the run involves Howard's encounters with villain Dr. Bong who kidnaps and marries the duck's soulmate the lovely Beverly Switzler. There are other creatures, villains, and new friends met through these issues including a criminal circus troupe, a mad scientist chicken farmer, a Star Wars parody and the further sear This 2nd compendium runs through the color comic versions of HOWARD and includes the 1st issue of a black & white magazine version that followed the end of the monthly comic. Most of the run involves Howard's encounters with villain Dr. Bong who kidnaps and marries the duck's soulmate the lovely Beverly Switzler. There are other creatures, villains, and new friends met through these issues including a criminal circus troupe, a mad scientist chicken farmer, a Star Wars parody and the further search for Howard to find meaning in his fowl life on Earth and finding a job. (Also, Howard briefly is changed into a human by Dr. Bong) - A truly weird comic book that mocked superhero comics, included cleve wordplay, and proved through Howard's experiences and philosophy that most things go wrong.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Bob Wolniak

    The list of Howard's villains is weird stuff, though I could've done with less Dr. Bong and more Mr. Chicken. Iron Duck was the highlight. I liked the Star Waaaugh! Knock off too, as well as the black and white stuff, since it was a bit more mature and took more pages to tell the story. The list of Howard's villains is weird stuff, though I could've done with less Dr. Bong and more Mr. Chicken. Iron Duck was the highlight. I liked the Star Waaaugh! Knock off too, as well as the black and white stuff, since it was a bit more mature and took more pages to tell the story.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mhorg

    Decent While the art is at times spectacular, the stories are a little dated today. Gerbers puns are quite funny, Howard remains his grating self, and his supporting cast are interesting, but this comic shows its age.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sunhill

  9. 4 out of 5

    Phil Bouwman

  10. 4 out of 5

    david r russell

  11. 5 out of 5

    Acton Northrop

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cort

  13. 5 out of 5

    Charles

  14. 5 out of 5

    Simon

  15. 5 out of 5

    Chas

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dan McCollum

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sacha

  18. 4 out of 5

    J. Kingrea

  19. 4 out of 5

    roseblue

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rod DiManna

  21. 4 out of 5

    Michael Brooks

  22. 4 out of 5

    Gareth Hatfield

  23. 4 out of 5

    Allan Carpenter

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mike McDevitt

  25. 5 out of 5

    Patrick

  26. 5 out of 5

    Michael

  27. 5 out of 5

    Matt Fottrell

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dan Firli

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dan West

  30. 5 out of 5

    John Roberson

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