Royal Nonesuch takes a look at this week's Muppet Peter Pan #2, published by Boom Kids!
MUPPET PETER PAN #2 (A)
MUPPET PETER PAN #2 (B)
Writen by Grace Randolph
Drawn by Amy Mebberson
SC, 24 pgs, FC, (2 of 4), SRP: $2.99
COVER A: David Peterson
COVER B: Amy Mebberson
Diamond Code: JUL090761
Your favorite Muppet characters (well, most of them) are cast in the second issue of this off-kilter re-telling of the famous Peter Pan story. Hijinks ensue.
Jim Henson's characters in The Muppets always displayed some oddball humor in their heyday. In those fleeting moments when they didn't say something really funny, they would say something that was at least interesting and in need of some unpacking. The trick for later writers has been to maintain their appeal to a wider audience. Most returns to the franchise bypass the issue entirely by skewing the characters and stories entirely towards the younger audience, as opposed to the all-ages one. Muppet Peter Pan is no different. That is not to say that some semblance of the unique Muppet voice isn't found here. In fact, this particular issue opens with Sam the Eagle, who ostensibly would have been our narrator, having a mental breakdown upon deep consideration of his horrific cannibalistic actions every Thanksgiving. It's odd, and doesn't really affect the larger story being told, but it is enjoyable all the same. There are some earnest attempts at the trademark clever Muppet quips here, but the writing never falls further short than in the dialogue of Statler and Waldorf, the greatest of the Muppet characters. These guys are far away from their famous showdown with Milton Bearle (they are the subject of the most clever sight gag in the book, as their recasting moves them from their usual theater balcony to a perch in the crow's nest aboard Captain Hook's pirate ship).
As is the case with pretty much every licensed property in the Boom Kids! line, the art accomplishes what it sets out to do, namely that it keeps all the characters recognizable, and the colors are engaging. There does not appear to be much thought given to any sense of place, as the emphasis is entirely on the "figures" themselves, rather than their context in their environment.
This issue of Muppet Peter Pan is an honest effort at adapting the famous Muppet humor and sense of adventure, but not a great one.
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