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Toy With Me is the first of two stories published in Darkwing Duck Annual #1. Later reprinted as bonus content in the "Campaign Carnage" trade paperback, it is notably the only story in Boom! Studios' Darkwing Duck comic that was not illustrated by James Silvani.

Synopsis

The story opens in the home of Aloysius J. Mandelbaum, inventor of the Molecular Digitizer with which he created the Whiffle Boy series of video games. Having since been let go, Mandelbaum idly speaks of his past successes to a visiting houseguest, and how the company's new "World of Whifflecraft" MMORPG essentially drove him out of his old job. His guest, however, turns out to be the villainous Quackerjack, who turns the Digitizer on Mandelbaum and turns him into a wooden toy. After sharing a brief conversation with his recently-built doll "New NEW Mr. Banana Brain", Quackerjack cackles in anticipation of his plan to reintroduce Quackerjack Brand Toys to the world, at the expense of the video game-addicted residents of St. Canard.

Later, Darkwing Duck and Launchpad McQuack find Mandelbaum's wooden remains and take him to the tower lab for study. Darkwing muses that ever since his return, Quackerjack's crimes have been getting more ruthless and needs to be stopped before he can cause havoc with the Digitizer. Darkwing wonders if he could find someone who knows of the villain's whereabouts, but Launchpad points out that about the only thing Quackerjack spends time with is his favorite doll, whose name currently escapes Darkwing. After some time spent trying to remember its name, Darkwing finds Honker bidding on an online auction, where the original Mr. Banana Brain (rebuilt after Negaduck tore it up) is up for sale. Though Darkwing doesn't win the bidding, Honker finds him the location of the winner's home in St. Canard.

Elsewhere, a package has just arrived at Whiffle Boy Entertainment, and Quackerjack wastes no time in bursting out of the box and turning the Whifflecraft employees into toys. He then boasts his plan to those who remain: to hook up the Molecular Digitizer to the building's servers and turn every hopelessly-addicted Whifflecraft player into his new line of Quackerjack Toys. Should the staff refuse, they will be the ones transformed instead, and so they are forced to bring Quackerjack the servers.

Darkwing and Launchpad pull up to the house of the doll's winner, a young woman named Claire who invites them into her house for cake. Darkwing explains the situation to Claire, and she admits that she bought Mr. Banana Brain for her boyfriend, who is actually Quackerjack. While Darkwing is appalled, Claire explains to him that "Jacky" is actually a nice guy, or at least used to be. She then recounts the story of Quackerjack's time working for Quackwerks' Toy Department. At first he was excited for the job, but over time, he started feeling underappreciated for his work and began slipping into depression and anger over his ideas getting rejected and his co-workers getting all the attention. Unable to take the constant rejection, Quackerjack eventually snapped.

When Mr. Banana Brain arrives, Claire explains that she had hoped to reunite Quackerjack with his old friend so that he would remember who he used to be. Gosalyn then calls Darkwing and informs him of what is happening at Whifflecraft. Inspired by Claire's story, Darkwing agrees to help save Quackerjack from his own anger.

Back at Whifflecraft, Quackerjack is getting impatient for his servers and decides to zap a few employees to speed things up. As he chats with New New Mr. Banana Brain, Darkwing arrives with his usual introduction before suddenly pulling the old Mr. Banana Brain out. At first, Quackerjack calms down enough to put his newer doll aside, but the servers then arrive and he immediately throws "Grandpa Banana Brain" to the ground. While Darkwing is incapacitated by the toy-transformed employees, Quackerjack hooks up the Digitizer to the servers, unaware that the two Banana Brain dolls are sitting on the wiring and are being exposed to the electrical current.

The two Banana Brains suddenly grow to giant size and begin arguing and fighting with each other over Quackerjack's attention, with Old Banana Brain trying to get Quackerjack to remember how things used to be and New New Banana Brain driving the villain to continue with his plan. During the struggle, Darkwing takes the Digitizer and zaps the dolls back to normal, knocking Quackerjack out of the building in he process. However, he is nowhere to be found outside when Darkwing comes out to look.

With Whifflecraft safe, Darkwing talks with Launchpad about what he would have liked to say to Quackerjack: that it's not good to be a toy to your own anger, not when there's people thinking of you. At Claire's house, she is shocked to see a Quackerjack doll sitting on her doorstep. Having turned himself into a toy with a miniature Digitizer, Quackerjack sadly admits to Claire through an attached note that "This is the best I'll ever be."

Trivia

  • The cover art for the comic is based on the cover for the Batman comic Batman: The Killing Joke.
  • This issue has a dark ending. Quackerjack turns himself into a toy, this would also count as committing suicide.


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Media

Darkwing Duck | Walt Disney's World on Ice: Double Feature... Live! | NES game | Boom! Studios comic | Joe Books comic | Videography

Books

High Wave Robbery | The Silly Canine Caper | The Darkest Night

Characters

Heroes and Allies: Darkwing Duck | Launchpad McQuack | Gosalyn Mallard | Honker Muddlefoot | Tank Muddlefoot | Herb and Binkie Muddlefoot | Mrs. Cavanaugh | Gizmoduck | Morgana McCawber | Neptunia | Stegmutt | J. Gander Hooter | Derek Blunt | Vladimir Goudenov Grizzlikof | Sara Bellum | Rhoda Dendron | Gloria Swansong | of Oilrabia | Goose Lee | Comet Guy
Villains: Negaduck/Negatron | Bushroot | Megavolt | Liquidator | Quackerjack | Steelbeak | Taurus Bulba | Hammerhead Hannigan | Hoof and Mouth | Tantalus | Clovis | Tuskernini | Dr. Fossil | Phineas Sharp | Professor Moliarty | Ammonia Pine | Ample Grime | Paddywhack | Lilliput Gooney | Jambalaya Jake | Gumbo | Bug Master | High Command | Major Synapse | Hotshot and Flygirl | Dr. Slug | Splatter Phoenix | Camille Chameleon | Anna Matronic | Isis Vanderchill | Johnny T. Rex | Fluffy | Dark Warrior Duck | Nodoff | Brainteasers

Episodes

Season One: "Darkly Dawns the Duck" | "That Sinking Feeling" | "Beauty and the Beet" | "Getting Antsy" | "Night of the Living Spud" | "Apes of Wrath" | "Dirty Money" | "Film Flam" | "Duck Blind" | "Comic Book Capers" | "Water Way to Go" | "Paraducks" | "Easy Come, Easy Grows" | "Negaduck" | "A Revolution in Home Appliances" | "Trading Faces" | "Hush, Hush Sweet Charlatan" | "Can't Bayou Love" | "Bearskin Thug" | "Fungus Amongus" | "You Sweat Your Life" | "Days of Blunder" | "Just Us Justice Ducks" | "Double Darkwings" | "Slaves to Fashion" | "Aduckyphobia" | "When Aliens Collide" | "Jurassic Jumble" | "Something Fishy" | "Cleanliness is Next to Badliness" | "Smarter Than a Speeding Bullet" | "Tiff of the Titans" | "All's Fahrenheit in Love and War" | "Whiffle While You Work" | "Calm a Chameleon" | "Ghoul of My Dreams" | "Battle of the Brainteasers" | "Adopt-a-Con" | "Bad Tidings" | "Toys Czar Us" | "The Secret Origins of Darkwing Duck" | "Up, Up and Awry" | "Going Nowhere Fast" | "Life, the Negaverse, and Everything" | "Dry Hard" | "Heavy Mental" | "A Brush with Oblivion" | "Disguise the Limit" | "Planet of the Capes" | "The Merchant of Menace" | "Darkwing Doubloon" | "It's a Wonderful Leaf" | "Twitching Channels" | "Dances with Bigfoot" | "Twin Beaks" | "The Incredible Bulk" | "My Valentine Ghoul" | "Dead Duck" | "A Duck By Any Other Name" | "Let's Get Respectable" | "In Like Blunt" | "Quack of Ages" | "Time and Punishment" | "Stressed to Kill" | "The Darkwing Squad" | "Inside Binkie's Brain" | "The Haunting of Mr. Banana Brain" | "Slime Okay, You're Okay" | "Whirled History" | "U.F.Foe" | "A Star is Scorned" | "The Quiverwing Quack" | "Jail Bird" | "Dirtysomething" | "Kung Fooled" | "Bad Luck Duck"
Season Two: "Monsters R Us" | "Inherit the Wimp" | "The Revenge of the Return of the Brainteasers, Too!" | "Star Crossed Circuits" | "Steerminator" | "The Frequency Fiends" | "Paint Misbehavin'" | "Hot Spells" | "Fraudcast News" | "Clash Reunion" | "Mutantcy on the Bouncy" | "Malice's Restaurant" | "Extinct Possibility"

Vehicles/Gadgets

Ratcatcher | Thunderquack | Darkwing Duck's gas gun | Ramrod | Super Sensitive Darkwing Duck-tector

Locations

St. Canard | Negaverse

Songs

Darkwing Duck Theme Song | Little Girl Blue | Kickin' in the Groove | I'm Darkwing Duck

See Also
DuckTales | The Disney Afternoon | Disney XD (Netherlands) | Justice Ducks | Fearsome Five | F.O.W.L. | S.H.U.S.H.

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