Brandon Borzelli’s Geek Goggle Reviews
Muppet Snow White #1 of 4
Boom! Kids Comics
Snider, Storck & Paroline
The latest Muppet adaptation brings together the classic tale of Snow White with the crazy cast of the Muppets in spectacular fashion. The challenge was to broaden the familiar cast from what is normally seen in the movie so that more of the Muppets could see some page time. While this was accomplished fairly smoothly, the comic book excelled when making use of two characters that aren’t even in the movie. This adds a whole new dimension to the familiar story and making this feel more Muppet than Snow White. This was a great start to the mini series.
You can probably guess the bulk of the cast. Kermit is the Prince, the Electric Mayhem group represents the seven dwarves, but what does Miss Piggy play? Well, she is the Queen, leaving Spamela Hamderson as Snow White. Confused? Well, Spamela is a spoof of Pamela Anderson, meaning she was not around for the TV Show in the late 1970s nor for the first several movies or cartoon. This makes her a relatively new character. The selection also confused Gonzo who clearly saw Snow White as a chicken. But Gonzo landed a great role.
Gonzo and Rizzo play the Grimm brothers and act as the narrators of the story. They steal the show. Not only do they have chemistry between each other but they manage to interface with several of the characters, or characters playing characters, such as Piggy, making the story all the more enjoyable. They aren’t the only characters to really shine in the story as Sam the Eagle, Prawn and even Bobo manage to put their stamp on the story despite the fact that they play roles that never appear in the Disney movie.
One aspect of the Disney movie that this comic book nails is that of the mirror. In the movie, the mirror is all-knowing, but coy in how it reveals its information by using very pointed statements delivered through rhymes. In the comic book, Fozzie Bear is the mirror and is handled to perfection as he captures the essence of the Disney movie but delivers it in a very Fozzie Bear way.
The artwork is perhaps the most unique of any of the Muppets series to date. The characters are filled with over-the-top life that makes the comic book feel more like a Saturday morning cartoon than the Muppet TV Show or even a regular animated show. This probably falls in line with the type of humor in the book and definitely adds a dimension to the story. The coloring produced a dark feel throughout the book. However, this was only in my printed copy as the PDF copy presented a brighter looking comic book. I’m not sure the intention here.
Muppet Snow White is off to a great start. It will be interesting to see how some of the darker aspects of the story are handled in the subsequent issues. However, this issue manages to get itself around the whole “bring me back her heart” problem fairly well, so I guess the creative team has something in store for the readers down the road. I liked this book and I am looking forward to the next installment.
4 out of 5 Geek Goggles