Written by Kurtis J. Wiebe
Art by Tyler Jenkins
Release Date: March 13, 2013

Panzerfaust10The second five-issue arc closes with the clash between Peter and Hook hitting new levels. Peter and the Lost Boys are in a German prison expecting a firing squad when there is glimmer of hope.

That glimmer of hope is what this series is all about. In the horrors of war, the story of Peter Panzerfaust is an inspiring story of friendship, honour, courage and living life to its fullest.

Kurtis Wiebe brings this dark chapter to a close with an infusion of joy that will keep our heroes going into the next adventure. Wiebe has structured the series in five-issue arcs with a change of narrator for each one. The framing sequence in this issue is particularly effective as we see a bit more of the world in which the story is being told. Julien, the narrator of this arc, fills in a few more gaps of the time between the story and the story-telling.

The most enjoyable part of the second arc was watching Tyler Jenkins’ art style evolve so significantly. His layouts have spread to two pages more frequently and he makes excellent use of varying panel shapes and design to add drama and motion to the scenes. The battle scene in this issue is particularly striking, and one of the most compelling arguments against guided view since Batwoman.

The hint given is that the next arc will be told by Wendy, but that remains to be seen. Knowing how close this book came to being cancelled, I was led to wonder how it would have felt if this was the ending of the story. It does have the closure of a good season finale yet leaves you counting the days til the next chapter begins.

The creators have promised that Peter Panzerfaust will continue to issue 25 and so far is seems the audience is growing since this commitment. There is so much more to be told. Wiebe and Jenkins remind their loyal fans that as long as you believe, you can fly.

The Verdict: 10/10


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