Review: PETER PANZERFAUST #4

PETER PANZERFAUST #4
Written by Kurtis Wiebe
Art by Tyler Jenkins
Released May 30, 2012

One of the most consistent books right now, Peter Panzerfaust continues to amaze. In a quiet place off the beaten path, Peter and his companions seek safety and escape from the war that rages around them.

In a few short pages Wiebe has changed me from engaged to loving these characters. Peter and Wendy have a wonderful few pages and they are growing as very compelling characters. The narrative device of the storyteller is especially well used in this issue and Jenkins has a page that breaks through into a whole new way for me to see this story. Wiebe has serialization down perfectly. Each issue feels complete, but the flow continues naturally every month.

Jenkins’ layouts move the story at just the right pace and he plays with panel layout to great emotional affect. The cover captures the story while giving us a beautiful moment in itself. He adds just the right amount of detail to a panel to make the world feel alive, but keeps the focus on the characters and the complexity of the emotions at play. It’s a gentle style that hits hard when the time comes.

Wiebe and Jenkins are making magic. First star to the right, straight on to the next issue.

The Verdict: 10/10

Keith is the co-host of the podcast We Talk Comics.

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