Review: PETER PANZERFAUST #8

PETER PANZERFAUST #8
Written by Kurtis J. Wiebe
Art by Tyler Jenkins
Release Date: January 9, 2013

Peter Panzerfaust #8Despite being in the middle of an arch, Wiebe creates a great jump on point for those not familiar with his retelling of Peter Pan set during World War II. Peter, Wendy, all the Lost Boys and their new friend Tiger Lily are continuing with their covert operations and heavy-handed rescues to undermine Germany’s take over of France.  A dynamic that began in issue #7 between Curly and Tiger Lily continues in this issue, and Wendy finds her way to the front of the fight with her own undercover experience.

They are trying to rescue their captured friend Felix, who is making his way to Germany. The high risk, big adventure, great reward and point of danger all combine to create a well paced book.

If you’re a fan of history, this book is for you. If you’re a fan of fairytale adventure, this book is still for you. There are no outright magical moments in the series. No literal fairies have been seen or pixie dust been spread. However, surreal moments have popped up throughout the series that is always passed off by the Lost Boys as luck. Plus there are plenty of quotes, sprinkled throughout at just the right moments to not be out-of-place or character.

Being the story of Peter Pan, you may say to yourself that you know how it ends. However, this book isn’t about how it ends. (That’s almost something you’re told in the first arc.) It’s about how the group was able to get there, and how they, or perhaps even who, survived.

What Wiebe does so well is weave in the predicaments faced by the French resistance as well as the fun nature of the Peter Pan narrative. Up until this current arc, many of the situations facing the Lost Boys have taken on a sadder tone. However, with the narrator changing each arc to a different Lost Boy, the tone changes as well. The current storyline embraces more of the adventure.

While Wiebe does not pull any punches with the realities faced by those involved in war, Jenkins art lends itself to the imagination. It is drawn in a more 1940s political cartoon style.  This type of art, color that reflects mood and combined with the harsh reality that the group faces, creates an insightful and comfortable reading experience for anyone from 11 to 61 years old.

Peter Panzerfaust  is one of the greatest comics on the market right now that you’re not reading. What do you mean I’m not reading it? I’ve heard about it, and might give a chance in trade. Here’s the thing, just within the last month, the author has been very blunt on his blog about the fact that sales are not what they should be and could soon put the book in jeopardy. (You can also hear more about what he has to say about the state of the book in last month’s We Talk Comics podcast.) Honestly, it’s the type of comic that everyone hears great things about, those who read it can’t say enough good things about it, but not enough realize what it is to try it.

For those looking for a comic that has a definitive beginning, middle and end, I would check out that podcast. Wiebe lays out his plan for how many issues the whole story will take and the direction he would like the book to take.

The trade for the first five issues is now available, and all the current issues are available on Comixology. It doesn’t take long to catch  up, and by the time you do get done with this week’s issue, you’ll just be on your seat to know what happens next.

Verdict: 9.5/10

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