Peter Panzerfaust #9 Review

The second arc barrels forward but is this re-imagined take on the classic tale starting to lose its trademark spark?  Read on to find out.

The official description from Image:

“PARIS” Part Four

Captured! Peter and the boys face the terror of Nazi interrogation and despite saving Felix, their adventures have come to an end. There is no way out and the indomitable Kapitan Haken will have his questions answered, one way or another.

The continuing adventures inherent in this absolutely engaging series continue to astound me even in this latest outing.  The simplicity of the ideas and the complexities brought forth from their execution make it apparent to any and all curious readers that what they’re reading is something unique.

First and foremost the latest literary work done by the more than competent scribe, Kurtis Wiebe, is a successful re-telling of a storied classic that also spins a yarn well enough to make this comic a staple franchise in its own right.  He easily evokes classic reactions and dialogue while anchoring the world in a very harsh but true reality.  From start to finish fans are sure to enjoy the confrontations as well as the emotional and physical punches therein, but there were a few scenes that seemed a bit overly inflated as they faltered a bit under the need to properly represent the source material.

The art by Tyler Jenkins continues to be an absolute highlight for this outstanding book.  He seamlessly offers a fantastical style that embraces unique interpretations of these story book characters in this World War II setting.  That may be the key spark of brilliance in the illustrations, as the characters themselves look like they could easily belong in either the traditional version of Peter Pan or among occupied in France.  There were some moments where panels seemed a bit rushed but those were few and far between.

Peter Panzerfaust #9 is another purchase that deserves to be on every single fans pull-list.  If you’re willing to give it a try you won’t regret this combination of both Peter Pan and World War II.  Recommended.


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