Awesome: Paperinik New Adventures

Bet you've never seen Donald Duck in a superhero costume, piloting a giant mecha, fighting an enormous, mutated alien before.

"The darkness suits you, Mr. Paperinik."
Leonard Vertighel, PKNA #22: "Fragments of Autumn"

  • Oh, yeah. Aside from the mere existence of the comic itself, there's plenty of examples.
  • After a long issue where Paperinik fights his own fears (#10 Trauma), he finally decides to face them, and this happens.
    • The monster is Trauma an Evronian Super Soldier with Super Strength and Psychic Powers that increase his victims' fears and allow him to feed on them, thus transforming the victim in a coolflame. To face him, Paperinik had to use a Mini-Mecha that protected him from those powers, but during the battle the mecha's cockpit was broken and Paperinik had to bear the full psychic assault... And the image above shows the start of what happened when he decided to face them: he crushed Trauma's powers, to the point he Depowered him!
    • Even more awesome was that Paperinik's mecha was only at 5% power and functionality at the time!
    • In "Might and Power" Paperinik has to face three Evronian warriors with his same powers. He inflicted them a Curb-Stomp Battle.
  • In #7, Paperinik leads an army of Maori, armed with regular shoutguns, against the Evrons. Quite possibly a Cool vs. Awesome moment.
  • After being tricked for a whole issue by a robot impersonating Lyla a pissed Pikappa delivers a brutal Curb-Stomp Battle.
  • Xadhoom's one stint as The Chessmaster resulted in the Evronian scientist Zoster getting her power, declaring himself all-powerful and ordering the universe to kneel before him, and then being destroyed by his own power, Just as Planned. The best part? The one gloating as she explained PK what had just happened wasn't Xadhoom but a copy of her memory she created a few minutes before her Heroic Sacrifice, a copy she gave to PK just to kill a last Evronian in that fashion (and scare the surviving Evronians away from the last Xerbians with the knowledge that she could still strike them) and created with a technology whose existance she had just discovered half an hour before.
  • Issue 22: Lyla is on trial for malfunctioning (she attacked anoter Time Policeman), but PK managed to extort a confession from a corrupted politician. The Governor, hovever, reveals that it would not be accepted in court, having been extorted... but would be enough to blackmail him, and eliminate him from the political scene. Also, that confession is not proof of Lyla's innocence, and, to add salt to the wound, mocks PK and Odin Eidolon for believing that politics and morality move at the same pace. Cue Humiliation Conga as Odin reveals on the communicator that he overheard the entire conversation (and the Governor backpedals with a "I was kidding, I...), PK "using" the Governor as he used him - read: he threatened to let him plummet from a flying car if he doesn't help him -, and even comic relief Photomas gets a shot:
    Photomas: Ehm... there is a solution.
    Governor:[while dangling] Tell him! Tell him, please!
    Photomas: The problem is that I don't remember it...
    Governor: PHOTOMAS!
    Photomas: Stay calm, sir governor. I was kidding.
  • Issue 30 shows how much dangerous an AI is. Despise not knowing where his twin is, Due successfuly manipulates the Evronians into attacking the entire Duckburg and into building a weapon capable of frying any active machine in town; he makes sure that Uno can't transmit itself outside of Duckburg (A plan Due has actually used twice), and he sends a message to Uno and PK just to make sure they knew they were doomed.
    • The true awesomeness goes to the Highest Zotnam, the commander of the manipulated Evronians: he knew since the beginning that Due was there and what he was doing, and let him do it because it benefited him (namely, the situation would force Paperinik in a losing battle, allowing him to finally get rid of him). At first it just seemed an idle boast and that they had noticed Uno sneaking in, but when Due is forced to escape we discover that Zotnam had his escape boat sabotaged, and let Due download himself in it and launch because blowing it up was more satisfying than just erasing him. Uno's sneaking in merely told him where in the ship Due was manipulating some of his men, and where he should go to finally have a talk with him.
      • Chekhov's Gun: The crew of the Evronian warship Due had downloaded himself into had noticed something was wrong, but couldn't say what. When Due moved to his mothership, Zotnam could.
  • Xadhoom in issue 37 is pure awesomeness.
    • She starts fighting three Evron battlefleets throwing at her everything they have, including the one thing that has been shown able to stop her: when the order of retreat came, there was barely a dozen ships still surviving.
    • The Emperor used the Xerbian survivors as hostages to force her to surrender and enter a device designed to force her into exploding before transforming her into a permanent power source. She No Sells the device's attempts at forcing her into exploding, and it's implied she learned the true extent of her powers and self-control and the importance of the latter in the process.
    • One of the Xerbian survivors, who was in love with her fiancee Xari, manage to tell her that they have a device that reverse coolflamization and makes former coolflames immune to the process, thus freeing the slaves of Evron, but have no energy to power it. Cue Xadhoom providing energy and telling her to take care of Xari.
    • The Xerbians activated the device and freed the coolflames, but even with PK's lead the Evron warriors are still better armed, trained and experienced and are winning... Too bad that Xadhoom noticed the rebellion, broke out and single-handedly turned the tide of the battle, wiping out the Evron garrison on the Imperial Worldship and activating the self-destruct.
    • When the survivors of Xerba and the former coolflames are finally safe Xari tells her to not worry, and that they'll find a way to bring her back to normal. Xadhoom asks why, before pointing out she is all-powerful and with no need for living and that the other Xerbians should become like her.
    • She asks two Evron prisoners if it's true that they have a device to copy memories. They confirm, and she improvises her attempt at chessmaster, using nothing more than an alien technology whose existence she had just discovered, abilities she learned while prisoner of the Evrons and her father's penchant for telling stories.
    • After all this, she hears her people wondering where they'll live, as the planet they had found temporary sanctuary before the Evrons tracked them, while livable (barely), lacks a sun and is energetically poor. Xadhoom becomes the new sun of the Xerbians. A sun that PK suggests they name Xadhoom: in Xerbian the word means 'creditor', and they owe her too much.
  • As unsettling as may be, when Vendor crosses the line by causing the death of Lyo, the Ultimate-universe PK loses it. And it's epic.
    • It gets even better two panels later, when Vendor realizes that, essentially, PK is going to kill him. With the scariest Kubrick Stare you can imagine.
    Vendor: "B-but you a-are a hero... you can't do this kind of things..."
    PK: "I have bad news for you. I've just resigned."
    • The best part about it can be noticed only by those fans who have read the first stories of Paperinik (those published in the Seventies): this is the one time Pk acts as the original Paperinik, the royally pissed Donald Duck using all of his underestimated abilities to get his revenge at any cost, and that you cannot stop. In the end Paperinik didn't take his revenge, but only because Lyla found a way for Vendor to resurrect Lyo.
  • Xadhoom got a couple in issue 17, while ill and weakened. The first came from Uno telling Paperinik he's keeping an eye on her in case she tries and escape... And then specifies he has no illusion about being able to stop her, making clear she's just undefeatable. Then we find out she sneaked out and back in multiple times without Uno noticing, in spite of Uno being the Mind of the building she sneaked in and out of.
  • Anymore Boring, Everett's right hand man, had a magnificent one in a PK 2 issue where two street gangs got their hands on energy weapon chips similar to the Ducklair-made ones while a few batches of Ducklair-made chips delivered to the Army had been found defective. Birgit Q advocated stopping production to check where the damage was being done, but Anymore pointed out the enormous economic damage they would get and started checking records. After a while Birgit told him she had enough of his antiquated methods and she would take things in her own hands... At which point Anymore replied he had already proved that one of the delivery companies was replacing the chips for the Army with low quality ones and selling the good ones to the gangs, and had sicked the US Army on the culprit: when Birgit found him he was just checking the records again to make sure he had found everything (he did). That was when Birgit (and the readers) realized that Anymore Boring was more than a glorified accountant...
    • Rupert Potomac gets his moment in the same issue. After realizing he completely mistook Donald's intentions towards Stella Nice (he thought Donald was trying to steal Stella from him, while in truth he was helping Rupert in getting closer to her), he defends her from some members of a street gang who want to kidnap and use her as a bargaining chip towards the leader of their rival gang, namely Stella's former boyfriend. T he usally shy big guy dispatches half a dozen of them like nothing.
  • Every time Xadhoom goes to battle is this.
    • Issue #0/3: her Establishing Character Moment, followed by mistaking Paperinik for an Evronian and nearly killing him (the only reason he survived was that Xadhoom used an energy that only kills Evronians to limit collateral damage and torture them even as they die); Paperinik shows up with a weapon made specifically to capture Xadhoom, but our Physical Goddess frees herself as soon as she saw that Paperinik is an enemy of Evron; after Uno ruined the one chance the Evronians had to capture Xadhoom, the poor Evronians went from smug to Oh Crap!, because the otherwise undefeatable warriors of Evron just knew how outmatched they were.
    • Issue #1: a group of lucky Evronians was about to capture Paperinik when she showed up, causing the survivors to run away in utter terror; the entire crew of a cruiser was attacking her and Paperinik, and by the time Paperinik wanted to escape half of the Evronians were dead (she retreated because Paperinik was getting tired and was at risk); surrounded by most of the Coolflames complement, she fried them all to put them out of their misery while in the middle of an Heroic BSOD (one of the Coolflames was a Xerbian); later the Evronians seem to have won, having trapped her and having both Paperinik and a fully restored Angus in their hands, when Xadhoom shows they had not trapped her and keeps her promise of giving them her energy (the cruiser did not survive her promise);
    • Sometime between Issue #1 and #6 she had an Offscreen Moment of Awesome that caused the Evronians everywhere to fear her beyond any sense;
    • in issue #6 Paperinik and a group of US Army Powered Armour were being killed by the acid of the Evronian spores when Xadhoom showed up and burned all the spores (she nearly cooked Paperinik too);
    • she doesn't appear in issue #8, but still gets a moment of awesome when an Evronian officer mentions the Xadhoom Extermination Squad as a very feared Cool and Unusual Punishment;
    • the special issue Missing has her making a fool of an entire Evronian cruiser as the crew (disguised as Paperinik and a group of Xerbians) attempted to understand what the Xarghon was, before revealing she had seen through their disguise since the start and was ready to exterminate them all while dancing a Xarghon. She also shows up in another segment as the punchline to the Humiliation Conga of two very unlucky Evronians;
    • issue #17 starts with the Evronians hitting her with a weapon capable of absorbing the power of a star (or Xadhoom). Cue her entering the barrel of the weapon and wrecking everything. Still she was weakened and prone to allucinations, causing her to mistake half of Duckburg for Evronians (thankfully she still used that Evronian-specific energy for the deed), and nothing could stop her even in her weakened state. Only curing her stopped her... And she still bitchslapped the villains of the issue before leaving;
    • she passes most of issue #28 Brought Down to Normal or so everyone believes, but when she recovers her powers she disintegrates the Evronian Super Soldier accidentally responsible for her bad day and who believed he had just killed her, and that was after having him say her battlecry Let's Dance. And even before recovering her powers she gave the Evronian super soldiers a run for their money with a fork;
      • This has a moment of awesome for the handlers of Raghor, the above-mentioned Super Soldier: after he and his troops launched an unauthorized attack, the handlers provided the ultimate proof the Evronians are Dangerously Genre Savvy by installing a brainwashing chip in the helmet of every single Super Soldier to deal with a probable mutiny. When they did mutiny the mutants were too fast for the handlers to crush the rebellion with embarrassing ease, but after escaping their imprisonement they brainwashed every single one of them but Raghor, who was being held at gunpoint and about to be executed. Then Xadhoom recovered her powers, and the handlers provided some more proof by escaping while she was distracted.
    • in issue #35 she sees through an Evronian bait to their trap and decides to humour them because it would lead her to more targets. As soon as Paperinik sabotages their trap (that could have worked), the battlecruiser is toast;
    • issue #37 was already described above, so I will only say this: after this issue the might of Evron was completely and utterly broken, with some survivors having to beg Earth for help;
    • and the recent miniseries Universe PK introduces her by having her crush a platoon of Evronian warriors offscreen. Said Evronians had just managed to knock out Paperinik at the end of a tough battle (that's why it's offscreen: he was almost completely fainted and could only hear their voices crying out in terror, and when he managed to open his eyes he could only see her silhouette before losing consciousness).
  • Reboot issue 11. Gorthan is hooked to a Lotus-Eater Machine that will eventually malfunction and turn into a black hole that will destroy the Earth if he doesn't wake up, forcing Zoster to pull a Enemy Mine on Pk. Pk gets inside the dream too and manages to deactivate the device. When Zoster decides to kill Pk while he was still unconscious from using said device while quoting the Evronian poet Zartas (Gorthan's favourite - and Zoster got it wrong) while doing so, Gorthan wakes up from pure anger and sets him straight. Goodbye Evil Chancellor, welcome back Noble Demon.
  • A minor one from the reboot's issue 15, "The Swarm". Pk and company are chased by the titular swarm of micro-robots. Lyo's answer? Pull out a tank.
  • The Raider pushing the Reset Button on his own death.
    • Loses a few points since he does this almost by accident, by quitting the mission where he was supposed to die (he didn't know that). Recovers them all and gets more since he quits because his robotic maid tells him that Odin took Trip with him, and he immediately understands that something was threatening his son. He then tracks down Trip in an alternate past from his own, and his mere appearance gets Trip to declare he'll never become like The Griffin, thus resetting his own death.
    • Oh, and how did the Raider thank PK for making sure his son won't become a criminal? Easy: by hiring him a lawyer that got him off a few crimes with the Time Police.
    • This is actually a stealth badass moment for Odin Eidolon. Why does the Raider come back? Because Odin kidnapped Trip. His plan to set things right was, from the begininning, infuriatingly simple. He just had to wait, he knew the Raider would come to pick his son up. Odin even SAID so in the beginning of the issue. And it worked.
  • Paperinik and The Raider teaming up to save the universe in "Carpe Diem" was epic.The fact that Paperinik menages to do it using a tie makes this a Crowing Moment of Crazy Awesome.
  • In #26,Paperinik pulls off what is quite possibly the most awesome case of We Need a Distraction. How? With freaking Tirannosaurus Rexes.

PK Universe
  • In his first battle with the Evronians, Paperinik is forced to face dozens of Evronians with the improved 313-X without having the time to read the manual and find out what the new improvements do. He kicks their ass, and they're about to run before they are reinforced by twice their numbers.
    • Eventually the Evronians shoot down Paperinik... Cue Xadhoom.
    • During the battle an Evronian came too close to Scrooge. Scrooge hit him so hard he lost his memory...
  • "Time to Waste":
  • "Never Too Late":
    • The Evronians pull again the forcefield trap. With a variant: the projector is on a spaceship, meaning that their energy supply cannot be cut and they can bring Xadhoom and Paperinik on their base.
      • And that's when the Raider shows up and performs his Save Scumming. End result: the spaceship with the projector doesn't have the surprise on its side and is toasted by Paperinik, Xadhoom and the Raider.
  • "Coming Back":
    • With Xadhoom refusing to help against the Raider, Paperinik is in trouble, but convinces him to go a few days forward in time to see what would happen if he doesn't help with the Evronians. As they're looking at the Evronians overrunning Earth, a warrior tries and jump on them... Who casually disintegrate him while chastising his impoliteness and without bothering to look.
    • The Raider and Paperinik have put together a plan to defeat Zondag's vanguard, but they need to get on his ship to execute it. Enters Gyro... Who has just finished modifying the 313-X, that now can reach space.
    • The plan to get rid of Zondag involves time travel. The Evronians, having noticed days earlier that someone had a Time Machine, have activated a device that inhibits their working. Note that the Evronians do not have time travel technology.
    • Paperinik and the Raider are trapped by the Evronians, and cannot use time travel to get rid of them... Turns out that Xadhoom had changed her mind about helping Paperinik with the Raider and decided to hang around as they infiltrated the Evronian base, and now she enters the scene.
    • In the ensuing battle, the Raider wrecks the device blocking his chronosail. What does he do next? Easy: he sends them back in the era of the dinosaurs.
      • Incidentally, we know from PK2 that an alien race with more than enough firepower had a base on Earth at the time, and their enemies, who were winning the war, were coming there. Three guesses on what happened to Zondag and his troops off-screen...
  • "Paperinik Dealing with Realities":

New Era
  • On a meta level, the relaunch itself. The passion of both the original creators and the dedicated fanbase has brought back the series after twelve years; it helped that a member of the original PKNA team has become director of the Mickey Mouse weekly magazine - where the new stories are being published - in the meantime. The new publisher of Disney comics in Italy seems to believe strongly in the project: the first issue of the magazine with the new PK story has been printed and distributed in even more copies than the milestone 3000th issue a year earlier.
  • The new ally introduced in Might and Power does quite the Dynamic Entry. Commanding a Mini-Mecha, the Omega Chamber AI proceeds to effortlessy dispatch the Evronian patrol, including a SuperSoldier, and then uses a weapon that devolves them to spores.
  • The new battle suit worn by PK quickly shows its incredible potential. On top of that, when the blue parts turn red, its design becomes slightly reminiscent of Xadhoom. And when PK supercharges his weapon to blow holes in the wall and escape, the onomatopeia is XHA-DOOOM!
  • PK performs a great maneuver with the new Pi-Kar (a vehicle that can become both a Cool Car and a Cool Plane) to dispatch two Evronian fighters on his tail.
  • PK versus three mass-produced Traumas. End result? Three Traumas knocked out in four panels.
  • The fourth episode opens with PK deciding to change his new morphing suit into the appearance of his old attire, with cape, sailor hat and a distinct Extransformer shield, meaning that he's now really ready to fight, while at the same time not wanting to lose what made himself a hero firsthand.
  • The fight between PK and several Evronian powered soldiers inside Ducklair Tower may be one of the best action scenes ever seen in a Disney comic.
  • In the first part of "Might and Power" we've been told that Grrodon's army was capable of crushing Earth's militaries in one month. In the final part, a multinational force equipped with the new ally's gun that devolves the Evronians to spores gets the drop on them and wipe them out.
  • Eidolon threatening to track down the Raider and make him pay if he ditches Paperinik again. Why? Because the Raider was terrified! Also, the fact the Raiders knows he can implies he already did it once.
  • The Evronian DNA tracker is a really fearsome instrument: if you think about it, it's the cause of some of the biggest troubles faced during the story. Yet PK thinks up a simple way to use it at his own advantage: he leaves some of his feathers around, confounding the trackers and spreading the Evronian guards thin.
  • PK and the Raider versus a small army of Evronians. The Evronians get their asses handed to them.
  • In the last page of the Might and Power storyline, One is finally reactivated by Everett.