Writer: Bruno Sarda and David Gerstein
Art: Massimo De Vito and Mark Kausler
Colours: Nea Aktina A.E., Digikore Studios and Fernando Ventura
Letterer: Travis and Nicole Seitler
Issue 726 of Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories features two separate adventures from some of Disney’s best loved (and longest -running) characters. This issue includes the newest instalment of Mickey’s ongoing search for the pendants connected to the zodiac. The second story is a standalone Christmas tale of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit getting into mischief with a magician (as you do).
The first story catches up with Mickey, who has been searching for the twelve pendants of the zodiac. He’s now looking for his sixth pendant – Pisces – but after some head scratching Mickey has a plan and runs off, leaving the comic to catch up with his friend Donald Duck in Hawaii. Quite a bit of the comic then ends up being about Donald Duck trying to win the heart of a beautiful hula dancer. And wrestle with a shark. And get slapped on the head with a fish by the locals tired of pandering to tourists.
The comic does switch back to Mickey when he figures out where to look for the Pisces pendant (or more accurately, what well-known Disney friend will be able to help him). It’s cute, it’s funny and features several character favourites from Disney’s classic line-up.
The next story catches up with Oswald the Lucky Rabbit in a Christmas special. Being not so lucky, at the start of the story Oswald gets the door slammed in his face as he tries to invite himself to a dinner party. But being lucky – and a bit cheeky – he decides to impersonate the hired magician to gain entry. But this magician’s kit doesn’t contain jokes from the local fun shop – it is real magic. Mayhem, naturally, ensues. I’m not sure anyone can say Oswald was a particularly lucky rabbit in this story, but it’s good for a chuckle and it’s a funny story for kids with an underlying moral message (about not impersonating magicians).
For Disney fans, these two stories will take them right back to the classic characters that Disney was originally built on with an illustration style true to Disney form. Family-friendly and suitable for the youngest of comic fans, the two stories are simple-to-follow and have underlying moral messages (like not trying to sneak your way into a dinner party and the commodification of Hawaiian culture). It’s just what someone would expect from a Disney comic, and there’s nothing wrong with that (and I doubt the mini-geek in anyone’s life would disagree if it was purchased for them).