Review: PEANUTS #25

KaBOOM_Peanuts_25_A_MainPEANUTS #25
Written by Paige Braddock, Vicki Scott
Art by Vicki Scott
Published by BOOM! Studios
Release Date: February 18, 2015

With each page flip I could hear the iconic “Linus and Lucy” music as I was pulled deep into the world of Schulz…which is always a good thing.

Braddock and Scott capture the magic of what makes Peanuts so enjoyable very well with this issue. The simplicity of the bits is perfect and each of the characters have their well known voices and charm. You’re going to get exactly what you expect in this comic, and I have to believe die-hard Peanuts fans will be happy with this faithful take on the source material of Schulz’s iconic strip. This material is, of course, safe for all ages and anyone looking to experience some of the joy of Peanuts with a young person in their life will have fun reading this comic with a youngster. Charlie and the gang are heading to camp, reluctantly, which leads to some classic down-on-his-luck Charlie moments and some fantastic Snoopy moments. The Snoopy sections really put a smile on my face and I gladly would have read an entire issue of his adventurous hike. He steals the show in this one, and I couldn’t help but smile whenever he was on the page.

Part of why he steals the show is Scott’s artwork. While she captures each personality very well and stays true to the source material from a style perspective, Snoopy’s just got that extra something, that extra little bit of charm, that makes this issue his. These short stories are paced very well and read like slightly lengthened strips, which keeps the spirit of Peanuts very much alive within them. Staying away from a long narrative keeps things quick and light hearted and the artwork certainly reflects that. Scott channels Schulz very well with this issue and these iconic characters are certainly done justice by this team.

Peanuts #25 is exactly what I expected it to be, which I appreciated. The spirit of this comic is very true to the source material and Peanuts fans will get a kick out of this one. It is a fairly quick read, which is probably to be expected, so if you’re on the fence about whether or not to get it, recognize that this is a Peanuts book that is crafted in a strip-like manner. With that in mind, I’m pretty sure you’ll get a few smiles and maybe even some chuckles out of this issue.

The Verdict: 7.0/10


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