Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The Muppet Show Comic Book: The Treasure of Peg-Leg Wilson # 1

Here's how this works. I read a book or two and tell you about them and try not to get too long-winded. This time, a review of The Muppet Show Comic Book: The Treasure of Peg-Leg Wilson # 1 (Boom!Kids, 2009)

Well, this is great. As long as Boom! keeps releasing Roger Langridge Muppet Show comics in four-issue chunks, I'll get to mention Langridge in my blog four times a year, with each new first issue. Everybody wins!

I'm certain most of the Muppet fans among you have been following this series since it started, but if you've missed out, Langridge has been writing and drawing a mad little series set in the confines of the Muppet Theatre. Each issue is effectively one night's performance, with recurring appearances of "Pigs in Space" and the other skits, running commentary by Statler and Waldorf (who are on consistently fine form), and unbridled chaos backstage. This time, the mayhem is going to continue for a four-part arc, as Rizzo the Rat gets his crew involved in a project to dig up backstage to find a lost treasure. Meanwhile, both Kermit and Animal are undergoing strange new personality quirks. Kermit's new laid-back leather-n-shades look doesn't seem to have too heavy an impact on things, but Animal, now a well-dressed vegetarian who communicates in notecards and cannot keep time to save his life, is really bringing down the Electric Mayhem's sound, man. What the heck is going on?

If ever a comic I've told you about is a no-brainer, it's this one. You've got one of comics' most consistently entertaining creators telling hilarious tales of TV's best creations. It's so darn good you don't even miss the celebrity guest stars. Recommended for absolutely everybody!

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