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The Return of Aladdin
The Return of Aladdin
Author John Blair Moore and John Drake
Illustrator Jaime Diaz Studio
Publication date 1993
Published by Disney
Publication Order
Preceded by
None
Followed by
Aladdin (comic)

The Return of Disney's Aladdin, also known as More Arabian Nights or Jafar's Revenge, is a comic story written by John Blair Moore and John Drake, and drawn by the Jaime Diaz Studio and the very first comic based on the film.

Plot

Kicked out of the Cave of Wonders but still bound by the Laws of the Genies, Jafar and Iago scheme to insinuate themselves back into the Palace to get their revenge, eventually partnering with shady prestidigitator Isabella. As it happens, Aladdin and Princess Jasmine are bored of life in the palace, and would welcome a magic show, especially as they miss the real thing

Issues

Characters

References

  • Genie states that "of the Seven Wonders of the World, he's seen all 42".
  • During his time-traveling world-tour, he also "got confused for Elvis" and discovered that in the year 2099, a giant asteroid hits the Earth and rips it apart.
  • Noticing that Isabella resembles Jafar but not managing to place where he's seen that face before, the Genie asks him if they didn't once "play the same tent circuit around Palestine".
  • Iago ironically calls Isabella "Houdini".

Continuity

  • The story is a direct sequel to Aladdin (1992), both within Aladdin's life and in the timeline of the framing device of the Peddler telling the audience about Aladdin's adventures; the Peddler's dialogue makes it clear that he has yet to tell any other story than the original story of how Aladdin found the lamp.
  • Katrina claims that her grandfather Gale was injured fighting "the evil Jafar" when Jafar tried to seize the throne. This presumably took place during the portion of Jafar's Hour in Aladdin (1992) where Aladdin is exiled to a freezing wasteland while Jafar enjoys his newfound power in Agrabah.
  • As such, it takes place some time before The Return of Jafar (1994), with Jafar trapped in his Lamp at the beginning of the story and ending right back there at the end.
  • Jafar's Lamp is shown to end up in the possession of the Peddler, despite its apparent destruction in The Return of Jafar (1994); unless the Peddler is the Genie telling the story of More Arabian Nights in-between the immediate end of the More Arabian Nights narrative and returning Jafar to the Cave of Wonders, however the lamp the Peddler possesses may be fake as he himself states that it is worthless.
  • The Genie mentions seeing the Pyramids in Egypt as part of his world tour, a fact also acknowledged in The Return of Jafar (1994).

The story predates the official direct-to-video film sequel, The Return of Jafar, and shares many broad plot elements with it, though it is not impossible for one to take place after the other as two separate events, provided the Genie leaves again to continue his world trip soon after the close of More Arabian Nights.

Behind the scenes

This story was printed in English in 1993 as a special two-issue miniseries entitled The Return of Disney's Aladdin, a title sometimes applied to the story itself. The tagline Jafar's Revenge on the first issue has likewise been misinterpreted as the title of the story.

Trivia

  • The Genie explains that a genie, albeit a free one, can never be the Master of another Genie's lamp.
  • The Cave of Wonders is said to keep Genies' Lamps imprisoned until it deems them ready for a life of "public service", that is to say, until it deems that they can be trusted to grant wishes honorably and without cheating. Once it is satisfied with a Genie's progress, it is capable of spitting out the Lamp for mortals to find.
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