And Then I Read: THE MUPPET SHOW COMIC BOOK

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Image © The Muppets Studio LLC.

Usually I’m not a fan of comics adaptations of movies or TV shows, but this one has a lot going for it. Writer/artist Roger Langridge does a great job with the characters visually, as you can see from the cover. Inside, the comic is broken up into short sketches, like the original show, and often the same ones as the show, like “Pigs in Space” and “Muppet Labs.” the writing is pretty good, but I have to say it didn’t make me laugh nearly as much as the show. There are qualities to the Muppets and the way they act and sound that you can’t really capture in a comic. There are some good bits and funny lines, but most are more worthy of a smile than a laugh. Langridge often frames his shots close, trying to mimic the camera angles of the show, which I think is a limiting factor, as it doesn’t make full use of the possibilities of comics. On the few pages where he does open up with a wide shot, it’s a nice change, but more along those lines would be better. In all, this is a pretty good read, but I’d put it down to watch a rerun of the show in a minute. Mildly recommended.

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