Peter Panzerfaust, the creative reimagining of J.M. Barrie’s classic Peter Pan, sees the title character and the Lost Boys in World War II fighting against the Nazis. This adaptation, by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Tyler Jenkins, takes all the heroes and villains you remember and blends it with your favorite war movie. This issue throws you straight into the action following Felix as he and the rest of the Lost Boys join the Braves and use guerilla warfare against The Hook’s Hunters.
Told in easy to follow flashbacks, as is the rest of the series, Wiebe’s story cuts between a journalist interviewing Felix and his escapades in the war. Felix’s goal, along with the help of World War I vet Jacques, is to safely keep Monnier, the key to the French resistance, away from the Nazis. The tension is high here as Felix accuses Jacques mid-getaway of being a traitor to their cause as he seems to disappear at the most opportune times. Jacques confirms his honor with restating his WWI heroics. Once they arrive at the safehouse, a turn of events leaves them face to face with Kapitan Haken. Dialogue is surprisingly sparse in this issue leaving the tension solely down to the art.
Tyler Jenkins steps up to fill that void with his thin, scratchy pencilling, reminiscent of a less chaotic Ben Templesmith. The art really shines here with the limited dialogue. His simple artwork can change a scowl into a smirk with one line. The coloring by Heather Breckel is fitting for the piece. Wartime flashbacks have drab, muted earth tones and modern times have bright, warm colors. Ed Brisson handles lettering and keeps it simple with the sound effects, mostly gunshots in this issue, popping off the darker backgrounds.
I recommend Peter Panzerfaust for anyone interested in altered children’s tales, ala Fables, or anyone interested in fun war stories like G.I. Joe. Solid creativity with characters you know and love from two newer creators and a hell of a cliffhanger, leave me on edge awaiting next month’s issue. Be sure to jump into “Cry of the Wolf” #4 of 5 before the arc’s explosive last issue. Peter Panzerfaust #14, published by Image Comics, is part Robin Williams-era Hook, part Saving Private Ryan, all clever. Tick tock, tick tock.
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