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Howard the Duck has officially made a comeback

Howard the Duck has officially made a comeback

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The world has forgiven Howard the Duck. What started as a bizarre 1973 tale of a grumpy anthropomorphic drake surviving in an otherwise normal human world eventually became one of the biggest bombs in film history. Howard's appeared here or there since then, including a limited run in 2007. But then he took center stage this past summer in Guardians of the Galaxy's bizarre post-credits scene — a move that Marvel has consistently used as a platform to promote something — and now we know why.

Marvel is bringing Howard the Duck back in a comic book series launching this March by Chip Zdarsky (Sex Criminals) and artist Joe Quinones. Howard will be a duck from space. "He's an everyman who happens to be a duck!" explains Zdarsky in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. "He's angry, exasperated, and he's had it up to here with the world around him, but he's trapped here! Infinitely relatable!"

No word on a movie yet, but give it time — a lot of time, perhaps. The world has forgiven, but it hasn't forgotten. Hey look, there's a baby Groot on his filing cabinet!

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