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'Uncle Scrooge and the Infinity Dime' #1 is an endearing, fun read
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‘Uncle Scrooge and the Infinity Dime’ #1 is an endearing, fun read

Uncle Scrooge gets his first ever feature at Marvel Comics. Is it good?

If you’re unfamiliar with Uncle Scrooge, you’re in luck, as there is a certifiable treasure trove of comics he’s in. This week, he’s in his first official Marvel comic that can be read by longtime fans and newbies, too. Thanks to it being written by Jason Aaron, this multiversal one-shot plays into superhero themes while celebrating a character 76 years old. To say this story is a delight is an understatement.

Uncle Scrooge and the Infinity Dime #1 runs 58 pages long with an extra-sized main story, plus a reprinting of “Christmas on Bear Mountain.” The reprint doesn’t just pad out the comic, but catalyzes the creation of the main villain in the main story. There’s also a nice introduction by Aaron, who lets us know how important Uncle Scrooge is to him and his family, which adds a nice warmth to what you’re about to read.

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Something you’ll immediately notice is a denser, more classic comic strip reading experience. Aaron uses captions to tell the story, and layouts tend to be rather straightforward. There is an epic double-page layout of Scrooge’s plane flying towards his money bin, but for the most part, the visuals stay rather simple. There’s nothing simple about the story, however, unless you’re familiar with multiverse shenanigans. The long and the short of it is that a Scrooge in another universe has never met his nephews and thus became so hungry for more riches he used magic to steal the entire vault of every Scrooge in the multiverse!

Marvel shows off 'Uncle Scrooge and the Infinity Dime' #1 covers

Just one of a few killer variant covers for this issue.
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This is where the story gets fun for Marvel Comics or generally superhero fans. Aaron uses a few references from past works, like the “Scrooge-Above-All” and the “All-Bin” to dignify the ultimate version of things. Things get even more zany and bonkers once Scrooge takes the fight to the “evil” version of himself. Thankfully, Aaron never loses sight of the fact that even “good” Scrooges are greedy and hard to give orders to.

The plotting is strong, with Scrooge going from one adventure right into his fight against an evil version of himself. There is one confusing moment in plotting: Scrooge jumps into a portal and coincidentally has an army of Scrooges with him. I had to reread the pages, thinking I missed something, but I guess it was just a happy accident.

For fans of Scrooge comics, there are plenty of nods and references. For instance, the nephews and their Woodchuck Guidebook have details on the multiverse or how Gyro Gearloose is used in several ways. I’m no Scrooge historian, so I’m sure there are other nods to things that went over my head, making this read denser and more fun.

The main story is drawn by four artists, with artists changing with over three chapters and an epilogue. Generally speaking, their styles aren’t too hard to tell apart, albeit Vitale Mangiatordi’s inks are heavier in chapter three or how Perissinotto positively packs each panel with so many characters. The fact that Scrooge is drawn pretty much one way helps make the artist’s changes less jarring, to be sure. The multiverse offers different versions of key characters, and they all look quite cool in their own ways.

Colors by Arianna Consonni add continuity through the artistic changes, with a bright, cartoony look that suits the characters. There’s just something so cool about the gold coins that she pulls out.

The reprint of “Christmas on Bear Mountain” (1947) by Carl Barks holds up with an unmistakably Looney Tunes nature to it. A bear is running inside; dashes convey where it’s looking at one point and some good visual gags. Next up is a nice collection of covers picked by Marvel executives and editors, along with why they love them. It’s a nice, cheery way to connect this book to the classics. Finally, closing out this one-shot is a two-page preview of Marvel & Disney: What If…? Donald Duck Became Wolverine, which sports great art by Giada Perissinotto.

Uncle Scrooge and the Infinity Dime #1 is as endearing as comics can be, with a good dash of whimsy thrown in for good measure. Whether you’re a Scrooge superfan or completely green to this money fiend, give this comic a shot, and you’ll find it’s a great chapter for this historic character.

'Uncle Scrooge and the Infinity Dime' #1 is an endearing, fun read
‘Uncle Scrooge and the Infinity Dime’ #1 is an endearing, fun read
Uncle Scrooge and the Infinity Dime #1
Uncle Scrooge and the Infinity Dime #1 is as endearing as comics can be, with a good dash of whimsy thrown in for good measure. Whether you're a Scrooge superfan or completely green to this money fiend, give this comic a shot, and you'll find it's a great chapter for this historic character. 
Reader Rating1 Votes
8.7
Lovely art draws you into the multiversal madness
The whole thing is an endearing look at Scrooge from the intro, to the story, to the backup materials
A little confusing when Scrooge goes from portal hopping to a dude with an army!
9
Great
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