This week saw the fourthpoll become the pig race, how fitting that a pig won!
Credits & Solicit Info:
Muppet Snow White #1
Writer(s): Jesse Blaze Snider & Patrick Storck
Artist(s): Shelli Paroline
Mirror, mirror, on the wall… who’s the fairest pig of them all? When Queen Piggy finds she doesn’t like the answer, Snow White must flee for her life. But is a life in the woods cleaning up after the Electric Mayhem really preferable to death? Series features “A” covers from David Peterson, the Eisner Award-winning creator of MOUSE GUARD!
I’ve not been shy in my praise of Boom’s kid’s line. When Disney bought Marvel, the first thing out of everyone’s mouth seemed to be a collective, well that sucks for Boom. Never thinking Disney would not want to mess up a good thing. What is the point of messing up what is a loved and well respected series of books, especially when it only brings in revenue?
The Muppets are we my nostalgia allegiances lies. Sure, most comics fans want their favorite comics to be like they were when they were a kid. That’s all well and fine, I guess. I want those classic properties that entertained me in my youth to live on past me. The Muppet Show was a unique experiment in television that worked for a long time. Unfortunately, attempts to revive it have never quite found that balance of irreverence and charm that made the show so special. Some of the movies have come close and with Jason Segal attached to the current movie project; it would seem that the stars are aligning once again.
The Muppet Comics at Boom are proof that things can be right. The Muppet Show book suffers slightly from its inability to have celebrities… something that is slyly solved here with an appearance from Spamela Hamderson. The pun is obvious and Muppet gold.
Furthermore, it shows the mood of this book. Gonzo and Rizzo are our narrators who take us for just a second down an educational path where the reality of the Brothers Grimm (whom they portray) is revealed. Before they are introduced though, there is a moment of pure Muppet perfection. As the story unfolds, it is obvious that Gonzo is the main narrator; the glib interjections that make the prose introduction feel right are from Rizzo and in this back and forth manner, the book trucks on.
The cast is full of those familiar faces… Kermit is the Prince, which will no doubt lead to problems, as Miss Piggy is the evil Queen. Fozzie plays the Mirror, giving it all the Rodney Dangerfield charm that it deserves. Pepe and Bobo make appearances. Even the Electric Mayhem gets in the mix recalling the Ramones as the Seven Dwarfs.
The writing is sharp and humorous. It refuses to talk down to kids and that is how it captures the magic of the property. When there is a comment made about the sadness of the origin story, it is shrugged off as needed to make the happy ending all that it promises to be. The writers even find a way to create a cliffhanger where one shouldn’t be.
The art is perfect as well. The characters all resemble their puppet counterparts. What’s better is that the book has a unique style that differentiates it from the other Muppet books while fitting the milieu of the story to a tee.
Once again, Boom knocks the Disney contract out of the park. If Disney wants to change anything, they should give a little marketing push to the books to get them in more hands.