I've been hearing some really good things about Boom! Studio's comics and they looked good at ALA so I was very excited when the first one I bought was catalogued and I could take it home to enjoy!
I wondered if Muppet Robin Hood would be a straightforward retelling of the legend with muppets as the actors.
Of course, it is not. It is a hilarious, insane, completely Muppet-ish approach to the story, which pretty much disappears after the first page.
Spoilers of much hilarity follow:
Robin decides he misses home and leaves the crusades. He arrives home at the Locksley family swamp, only to discover it has been turned in a miniature golf course. All over England, Prince John is creating horrible attractions and charging outrageous sums. Robin joins a band of outlaws, who previously joined a medieval hippie living in the woods and try to do some of the robbing the rich to feed the poor thing. Meanwhile, Prince John's fool is tricked into spying on Robin's band as a friar, Maid Marian wants Prince John ousted so they can have some decent parties, and King Richard's band *snicker* is having trouble at their gigs.
The story is full of these and many other outrageous characters and plot twists, as well as the characteristic Muppet ability to blend the conventions of the story and the real world around it. I am eager to see if we have enough Muppet fans to appreciate these comics. Other than a couple typos, which I guess are standard in any comic, the style is very readable. The art is sometimes a little squashed, but generally good. By squashed, I mean, sometimes Kermit looks too tall. Hey, I watch the complete Muppet show almost every Christmas. I know what Kermit is supposed to look like!
Verdict: A great purchase if you have lots of Muppet fans. Otherwise, buy it for yourself. You know you want it.
ISBN: 978-1934506790; Published November 2009 by Boom!; Borrowed from the library; Purchased for the library; Purchased for my personal collection