The Smurfs take a back seat in their very first adventure.
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THE SMURFS graphic novel #2
"The Smurfs and the Magic Flute"
By Peyo and Delporte
Presenting the story that started it all! This graphic novel features the first comics story in which the Smurfs ever appeared! In Medieval times, Johan, a royal page, and his friend Peewit, come upon a magic flute that makes those who listen to it too long dance until they collapse from exhaustion. When a thief steals the magic flute, Johan and Peewit must seek out the makers of the flute, the Smurfs, to make another magic flute to combat the thief in this wildly funny tale.
61/2x 9, 64 pages, full-color.
$5.99 PB, $10.99 HC
As a child of the 80s, I grew up with the Smurfs Cartoon. I remember being enthralled by the adventures of Papa Smurf, Smurfette and the rest of the Smurfs. I had figurines and stuffed toys. Who would have imagined that almost 20 years later, the Smurfs would be getting a major motion picture? In time for the movie, Papercutz is releasing graphic novels featuring the original Smurf comics. First off I must say that these graphic novels are a perfect way to get people into comics. Everyone knows the Smurfs, and the price point is very new reader friendly.
This graphic novel reprints the very first Smurf story, one where they don't even appear in the first half of the book. The story follows two humans, Johan and Peewit, on a quest to recover a magical flute from a crooked man, who's using it to rob cities blind. After following the crook for days, they are lead to the Smurf village, where the Smurfs help them find the magical flute.
I really liked this story. Sure, when the Smurfs are introduced one needs to get used to the way they speak, but after a while it's easy to understand. Although, in the story Peewit tries to understand them to no avail. Even though the Smurfs all look very similar, you can see each Smurfs personality in the artwork.
What I loved most, is that this is another book that everyone can enjoy. Sure one might laugh at the fact that it's a Smurf book, but it's not just a kid's book. Once you get past the little blue men and their peculiar way of speech, it's a very entertaining book.
I look forward to the next book that Papercutz puts out. If they are of the same quality as this book, I definitely recommend investing in this line of books. And honestly, who doesn't love the Smurfs.
Review by: Erik Galston