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Uncle Scrooge #401

July 21, 2011

Title: The Universal Solvent

Writer: Don Rosa
Art:
Don Rosa
Letterer:
David Gerstein
Cover:
Don Rosa & Jake Myler
Editor:
Christopher Burns
Publisher:
Boom! Studios/Boom! Kids

Glory be praised, can it be? A Don Rosa story I’ve never read before? With Gyro Gearloose and a crazy invention and a couple of nods to Carl Barks and page after page of awesometude? It is? It is!

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you “The Universal Solvent.” Gyro Gearloose, the world’s nuttiest inventor, has developed a substance able to dissolve almost any substance known to mean, no matter how impervious. Only its crystallized carbon (in other words, diamond) container is safe from its power. At first, Scrooge is terribly excited about the applications of such a substance until his frustration s with a group of reporters leads him to spill the solvent on the ground. His “instant mine shaft” turns out to be a disaster as Gyro explains that the solvent will eventually eat into the core of the Earth itself, causing geological disasters of an apocalyptic scale. Now it’s up to Scrooge, Donald and the boys to brave the center of the Earth, capture the solvent, and save the world.

This is Rosa at his finest. It’s a grand adventure that takes the ducks to the heights of danger – this time a danger that threatens the entire planet – while still remaining true to the characters. Scrooge’s temper gets them into the mess, but his determination saves the day later on. Huey, Dewey and Louie continue to be brave and resourceful. Donald is… well, Donald is Donald. The artwork is funny, with brilliantly expressive faces on our heroes and plenty of good visual jokes and gags along the way. A surprise appearance by a group of characters that Barks created (and DuckTales fans will find familiar) helps to seal the deal on this issue, making it a true masterwork.

This may be the greatest issue of Uncle Scrooge Boom! released in their too-short tenure which the title, which appears to already have come to an end.

Rating: 10/10

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