Review: Muppet Sherlock Holmes #3
[[wysiwyg_imageupload:76:]]“The Red-Headed League” Writer: Patrick Storck Art: Amy Mebberson Colors: Braden Lamb and Amy Mebberson Letters: Derron Bennet Edits: Christopher Burns Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: November 10th, 2010 By now, you should be familiar with Boom!’s Muppet Sherlock Holmes series, and if not, you’re missing out, my friends! These stories have all the charm of the original Muppets Tonight show, with the humor updated a bit for the times, combined with a dash of the intrigue and adventure of a Sherlock Holmes story. All of this wrapped in a package of colorful fun for kids of all ages. After last issue’s miss, we’re seemingly back on track with a story that is at once classically Holmesian and funnily Muppetesque. Writer Patrick Storck has gotten back on the horse and given us a story about Pepe the Prawn, excuse me, Senor Jabez Wilson and his quest to discover what the mysterious “Red-Headed League” has hired him to do. While he enjoys the wage they pay him, and the fact that he has literally nothing to do at “work,” as Gonzo/Holmes points out everyone should know what they do for a living, should they be asked. For the most part, the story is well-done. The characters and their dialogue are completely believable (for Muppets, at least) and the jokes are balanced between just-right and over the top. The story, however, seems to be going somewhere right up until the end when it just--well, ends. The ending is rather deus ex machina, as if the writer had simply run out of story pages and needed an ending. This is not the case, however, as there are several epilogue pages that follow. The reader must keep in mind that this is how many of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes mysteries ended, as well, though. Modern audiences expect to see how the mystery is solved, but Holmes typically just solved it and explained how at the end. Was Gonzo channeling the “real” Holmes or did Storck really just need an ending? We’ll never know, but for the young audience this book is intended for, it won’t matter. This issue’s art, once again by Amy Mebberson, seems to have backslid a bit to the level of the first issue’s. Like the first issue’s art, it was interesting and captured the characters and setting quite well, but at times the characters seemed unconnected to their surroundings as if merely floating above them. If you’re a fan of the Muppets, definitely pick this up. It’s well-worth the time and money and I eagerly await the next issue.