Thursday, February 18, 2010

Muppet comics

Muppet Peter Pan by Grace Randolph and Amy Mebberson

As a fairly new but dedicated fan of Boom! Studios (why did I never hear about these people until last December?) I have been happily aquiring some of their children's comics for the library. Two of our newest aquisitions are Muppet Peter Pan and The Muppet Show Comic Book: The Treasure of Peg-Leg Wilson.

Muppet Peter Pan is part of a series that retells classic stories and legends with the Muppets. We already own Muppet Robin Hood and it's quite popular. Not as popular as, oh, say Star Wars comics, but you can't have everything. Peter Pan is a little more introspective, with Kermit as the selfish Peter Pan who refuses to leave his dream world. I adored Miss Piggy as Piggytink and the storyline of Janice was excellently woven into the plot. This won't be as popular as some of the other Muppet comics, but still lots of fun.

ISBN: 978-1608865314; Published March 2010 by Boom!; Borrowed from the library; Purchased for the library

The Muppet Show Comic Book: The Treasure of Peg-Leg Wilson by Roger Langridge

The Treasure of Peg Leg Wilson is part of the Muppet comic series which sets new stories in the classic Muppet theatre background. There are spots of the usual Muppet features, like Pigs in Space as well as several minor and funny plot lines in the background. Finally, there is the backstage drama of Peg Leg Wilson and the rats' desperate efforts to discover his secret treasure. You really have to have at least a general familiarity with The Muppet Show to follow the story, but fortunately we have quite a few Muppet movies, so no excuses anyone!

ISBN: 1608865304; Published February 2010 by Boom! (out of print); Borrowed from the library; Purchased for the library

Verdict: These will be most popular in a library with lots of Muppet fans, but some booktalking will convince even non-fans to try them out.

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