Review: Mr. Peabody & Sherman #4
All through history, love is in the air! At least, if Mister Peabody and Sherman can cure Shakespeare’s writer’s block and don’t mention Cyrano’s nose, that is. And if not… well, it’s a good thing Mister Peabody is a handy dog with a sword!
The fourth and final installment of Mr. Peabody and Sherman hits this week from IDW ahead of the movie’s release in a few months. The story is written by Sholly Fisch with art by Jorge Monlongo. Jeremy Colwell handles colors with Tom B. Long tackling lettering. Every dog has its day, but does the big finale for Mr. Peabody and his boy Sherman rise to the occasion?
Mr. Peabody and Sherman are still traveling through time learning little tidbits about famous historical figures while causing all manner of trouble. The story opens with a little problem involving Genghis Khan, but after Mr. Peabody makes some timely calculations, he and Sherman are off on another adventure after a quick stop at home. Mr. Peabody is getting bombarded with Valentine’s Day cards from all manner of women, but Sherman doesn’t quite understand all of that mushy love stuff. A quick trip to visit Shakespeare and Cyrano De Bergerac will hopefully teach Sherman a lesson in love. Can the time traveling duo finally have one trip go off without a hitch or will their time hopping antics cause more problems?
Fisch writes a quick and witty finale. This feels just like another adventure for the duo and not an end for the miniseries though. Fisch captures the episodic nature and feel of the original cartoon, but some of the puntastic lines come off as real groaners while you’re reading. This is an all-ages title that’s truly aimed at the tykes and hardcore fans of the original cartoon, but there’s enough here to make it an enjoyable read. Monlongo’s art is another faithful adherent to the source material. From the highly detailed backgrounds to the exaggerated characters, the art looks like something you should be watching on Saturday mornings. Sherman and Mr. Peabody are striking figures while everyone else looks a little more dimwitted than our heroes. Colwell’s colors help sale the cartoon vibe and really plays up the sight gags.
Bottom Line: Mr. Peabody and Sherman is a fast and funny all-ages book. The younger kids will enjoy it and the adults will find a joke or two aimed at them as they read along. You can tell how this one is setting things up and trying to reintroduce the characters to a new audience since the movie is coming up, and it does that pretty well. 3/5