The issue opens with the first half of this lovely story by Rosa. The writing and art are both full of energy. Just the first page shows Rosa’s abilities as an artist and he maintains this precious quality of art through the whole story. Even with Donald Duck as the protagonist (the dumb jokes only last a page), the plot manages to be eventful, funny and occasionally touching. It’s my first Uncle Scrooge as an adult and my first Don Rosa ever; I’m definitely a fan.
The story gets split in half, presumably to force readers to go through the issue’s other stories, which aren’t Rosa and are more what I’d have expected.
The rest of the stories are European reprints, based on the artists’ names, and the stories are geared toward kids (not to say Rosa isn’t kid-friendly, just not dumbed down).
Rosa makes it worth the rest.
The Dream of a Lifetime; writer and artist, Don Rosa; colorist, Scott Rockwell; letterer, Todd Klein. Gyro Gearloose, Call of the Wildlife; writers, Lars Jensen and Chris Spencer; artist, Manrique; colorist, Russ Miller; letterer, Susie Lee. How To Induce A Miser; writer, Per Hedman; artist, Manrique; colorist, Barry (Englin) Grossman; letterer, Wilie Schubert. Grandma Duck, Bossing The Boss; writer, Karl Karhonen; artist, Marsal; colorist, Terry Letterman; letterer, John Clark. Considerably Richer; writer, Paul Halas; artist, Vicar; colorist, Janice Miller; letterer, John Babcock. Edited by Leonard (John) Clark; released by Gemstone Publishing.