This Independence Day Weekend, the REAL fireworks are found in the pages of MICKEY MOUSE # 1 (Legacy Number # 310) from IDW!
In it, you’ll find "The Lost Explorers' Trail", original story by the modern Mouse master Andrea ("Casty") Castellan, with perfectly attractive art by the great Giorgio Cavazzano, and translation and spirited dialogue by the equally great Jonathan Gray!
Casty, Cavazzano, and Gray introduce the American audience to Casty's superb addition to the Mickey Mouse cast - spirited (did I just use that word above?) explorer and adventurer "Eurasia Toft" - whom we first see like this...
...But who, to the chagrin of the uncharacteristically (but only initially) chauvinistic Mickey, quickly transforms to this!
In short, she's quite the addition to Mickey's cast, and will be appearing in future issues!
I won't further spoil this grand adventure, but for a few specific observations...
Though she's clearly a unique character in the Disney Mouse Universe, at times - at least for me - Eurasia conjures up the image of Dot Warner of TV's ANIMANIACS!
|Eurasia and Dot... Separated at Mirth?|
Um, she's a MOUSE (with bobbed-ears?) and he's a quasi-human! How can they be related? ...Okay, maybe she's adopted!
Finally, on Independence Day, we cheer the Red, White, and Blue... but, let's also cheer the Gray! Jonathan Gray, that is!
Above, he comes up with a magnificent double-pun that has even ME green with envy! Good one, my friend! Excellent!
And, maybe he can explain the strange notion of "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" by the Eurythmics playing (in Mickey's head?) while our heroes face, and are bypassed by, a charging lion! Maybe, they should take away his credit cards?
...And while we're at it, what's "Bone Tractor" from DONALD DUCK # 1? Huh? Still waitin' to hear about that!
Jonathan also references the STAR TREK currency "Quatloos", and repurposes the classic Mickey story title, "The Miracle Master" to good effect!
Now, allow me to take the er, "liberty" to quickly survey the balance of the issue! ...I promise I'll do it "justice" (for all)!
A six-page Pluto story by classic Western Publishing creators Don R. Christensen and Paul Murry from 1953...
...And two Mickey Mouse Sunday newspaper strips by Bill Walsh and Manuel Gonzalez, that introduce "Ellsworth" the wise-guy mynah bird, round out the issue.
Both will ensure your "independence and freedom" from the boring weeks when there are no new IDW Disney comic books to buy!
So, go um... "fourth" and make like a (bottle) rocket to your local comic shop - though keep it under 1776 MPH for safety's sake, and pick up your copy of MICKEY MOUSE # 1 (Legacy Number # 310) from IDW! It's a real "sparkler"!
48 interior pages of pure comics fun, for only 3.99 "George Washingtons"! ...But, it's worth its weight (and then some) in "Benjamins"!