Saturday, February 26, 2011

Review: Muppet Sherlock Holmes

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Muppet Sherlock Holmes
Boom! Kids
ISBN 978-1-60886-613-7

Being new to the world of kids’ comics and only letting Henry pick what he wants to read, I decided that I would be proactive and try reading one of the Muppet stories from Boom! Kids.  I have always admired them from afar.  The cover art is as good as it gets and I was always interested to read a Muppet take on classic stories.

Browsing the kids’ section at my local comic book store, I saw that the trade paper back of Muppet Sherlock Holmes was out and thought it would be a nice way to be introduced into the series.  This book collects the first four issues of Muppet Sherlock Holmes in an extremely sharp little package.   Stephanie Gonzaga should be applauded for her design on this product.  It is very inviting.  The covers, both inside and out, are stunning and the complete package of this book is extremely successful.

I would like to start with the art, which did not disappoint.  Amy Mebberson draws beautiful covers, and her take on the characters and the scenery of London are top notch.  The colors really jump off the page (with the help of Braden Lamb) and the characters are extremely expressive and engaging.  The level of detail, from the mustaches to the plaid coats provide a feeling of authenticity that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would appreciate.  It is hard not to get drawn to this book with the work she provided. 

The stories that are collected in this volume each provide their own narrative that can be enjoyed on its own, but when taken together in a package provide for a deeper story that the parent will enjoy along with the child.  Patrick Storck captures the feel of the Muppets and often it felt like I was a kid again watching the Muppet Show.   Fozzie (Dr. Watson) has his normal collection of jokes, puns abound throughout each story and Gonzo (Holmes) demonstrated that the Look-a-fication method for solving crimes is very effective. 

Some of the jokes might be over the heads of some kids, but I don’t think they would deter from your child’s enjoyment over this book and would add to the adult’s.  I was hesitant to write such a gushing review for my first one, but I thoroughly enjoyed this title as much as I had hoped I would.  My only complaint now is that I don’t have any other Muppet comics at the house to read.

Muppet Sherlock Holmes is a great comic for both kids and adults that is jam packed with nostalgic Muppet humor, gorgeous artwork and clever stories that are sure to entertain.


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