Muppet King Arthur 1 (December 2009)

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Muppet King Arthur has one rather big problem. It doesn’t really have any other problems, actually, as the writing is great–it’s funny as a Muppet comic–there’s plenty of the self-aware anachronisms the genre (the Muppet retelling) has always had, both in film and comic mediums. It’s also smart like a Muppet comic (or film) should be, accounting for adults more than children as an audience. It’s also beautifully paced.

So what’s the problem?

Artist Dave Alvarez is not ready for primetime. His artwork, if it weren’t digitally colored (poorly I might add, but they didn’t have much to work with), is about on par with a high school comic strip. It’s two dimensional and totally lacks personality. And he appears to dislike backgrounds as much as Vince Colleta.

It’s a shame. While I have hopes the writing will get even better, I know the art will not.

CREDITS

Writers, Paul Benjamin and Patrick Storck; artist, Dave Alvarez; colorist, Digikore Studios; letterer, Deron Bennett; editor, Aaron Sparrow; publisher, Boom! Studios.

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