Brandon Borzelli’s Geek Goggle Reviews
Muppet Peter Pan #4 of 4
Randolph & Mebberson
Peter Pan wraps up with another sweet and charming issue as we watch Peter Pan (Kermit) figure out his mistakes as well as Captain Hook (Gonzo) as they unite to take on the real villain: Rizzo. It’s a good issue with some great artwork and fun interactions. It’s a good way to wrap up what’s been a fresh take on the classic tale.
The issue begins, as always, with Sam The Eagle as the narrator, that’s narrating the real narrator. This double narration and the portrayal of Sam has been among the highlights in every single issue. I really don’t believe I’ve ever seen a better take on the character than in this story and this final installment might be the best yet.
Peter Pan realizes what a selfish frog he’s been as he sees Piggytink knocked out in front of him. Pepe, of all characters, helps Peter to see the error of his ways. As Peter repents, Piggytink wakes up and the Lost Boys offer their forgiveness for giving up so quickly on Peter. This sequence is great because it dives into the familiar relationship where Piggy is openly smitten with Kermit, while Kermit seems do no wrong when interacting with Piggy.
After Peter rallies the troops, including Captain Hook, they head off to retake Hook’s ship from Rizzo. Rizzo has himself some allies of his own, which includes an army of rats. This provides for a real bang-up of an ending.
The comic has cameos galore as it seems that almost every A, B or C list characters makes their face known in at least one panel. The comic has a good amount of laughs, particularly from characters like Janice, whose voice is nailed in this issue. The one-liners in the issue aren’t as sarcastic as you might find in the show or in the Muppet Show comic series, but they still raise a smile. Despite the “battle” the issue is still very light hearted and fun.
The artwork is fantastic. The characters all look lively and expressive with extensive details. Some of the smallest pieces of the comic even look terrific like the silky part in Animal’s hair or silly expression on one of Lew Zealand’s fish. The art tells a great story visually.
Another fun Muppet story is complete with this issue. The story is an original look at a classic story that puts the familiar Muppets in interesting and fresh roles. The finale offers up an action-packed, humorous and all around fun ride. This one is worth checking out.
4 out of 5 Geek Goggles