Written by Tim Midura
and Frank Miller
on Friday, February 21 2014 and posted in Reviews
Tiger Lily continues her quest for revenge.
Image Comics continues Kurtis J. Wiebe and Tyler Jenkins’ clever reimagining in Peter Panzerfaust #17! Jenkins’ cover spotlights a laid-back, yet disapproving Tiger Lily, surrounded by various flora and fauna, all tied together nicely in a sepia tone.
Diving back into Lily’s journal, we catch up with her and Julien as they continue hunting Haken’s Hunters, her father’s killers. Using their wits and charm, they need to overcome Nazi checkpoints and gunfire to get their revenge on Klaus.
Kurtis J. Wiebe pens a sweet tale of two young lovers doing what they can to survive, while also exacting sweet, sweet vengeance. I like that the story took place entirely in flashback, seemingly over the course of a single day, except for one quick page in modern times; it signifies the immediacy in Lily’s actions. We also find out a little about Lily’s relationship with her mother and why she ends up so close to her father.
It’s said that the true talent of an artist can be tested by removing the dialogue and still telling a coherent story; Tyler Jenkins’ beautifully passes this test. The last third of the book is Lily narrating an anecdote about her mother, unrelated to events occurring visually, with the images alone pulling the main story forward. Jenkins creates an engaging cat and mouse game, that’s a real page turner. Kelly Fitzpatrick’s colors lean heavily on subdued mid tones, contrasting the bright cover, fitting the drab wartime era.
I think it’s risky to tell a story without the title character, but even more so to have the narrative and the imagery loosely connected by a thin thread, yet Wiebe and Jenkins crush it. This is how a reimagining should be handled. For a thrilling rework of a childhood story with a strong female lead, look no further than Wiebe and Jenkins’ Peter Panzerfaust!
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