Happy Halloween! Is today's story a
Halloween story? Well, it involves a GHOST PIRATE, doesn't it?
...okay okay, it's pushing it to call
it a "Halloween story" per se. But the thing is, your
seasonal options are: some forgettable Egmont thing, or a vintage
Scarpa story. WHICH DO YOU CHOOSE?!? Yeah, that's what I thought
(also, I'm pretty sure this one has been requested a few times). Am
I keen to read IDW's "Halloween Hex" thing? Sure--but NEED
I REMIND YOU that I am living thousands of miles away from the
nearest IDW comics right now? It's a true fact. So we must endure.
And in enduring, grow strong.
Well, you know my conflicted feelings
about Scarpa (ambivalence: the SPOOOOOKIEST feeling of all!). He
could be really, really good, and his best mouse stories capture the
spirit of Gottfredson better than anyone else. And yet...especially
in duck stories, he could just be unfathomably
bad, and I'm always confused by the fact (I know I'm repeating what
I've said, probably several times, before) that Italian people laud
ALL of his work to the skies, apparently lacking the critical
faculties to differentiate between the good and the bad. So does
"The Flying Scot" fall in the good or bad range? Honestly,
if you know anything about my sensibilities, that's probably not a
hard question to answer. BUT WE WILL TRY TO MAINTAIN SUSPENSE!
BECAUSE HALLOWEEN SPOOKY WHOOO!
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