Peanuts Volume Ten
Writer: Charles M. Schulz, Jason Cooper, Donna Almendrala
Artist: Charles M. Schulz, Donna Almendrala, Vicki Scott, Scott Jerralds
Colors: Justin Thompson, Katherine Efird, Nina Taylor Kester, Dennis St. John
Letters: Charles M. Schulz, Katherine Efird, Dennis St. John, Donna Almendrala
Publisher: Boom! Studios
If you do not know who the Charles M. Schulz and the Peanuts Gang are, well I feel a little bad for you. Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the characters in the Peanuts were a mainstay of children’s entertainment long before the coming of Sesame Street, Sponge Bob Square Pants, Barney, or Dora the Explorer were even a thought in their creators’ unconscious minds. To say that the comic strip influenced generations of children would not be an understatement in the slightest. If, by some chance, you have never read a Peanuts comic strip or watched a holiday movie such as It ’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, then let me share with you this collection of Peanuts comic strips.
This collection includes some original Charles Schulz strips and collections of stories written by Schulz and adapted by others with fresh art and coloring by numerous artists. In all cases I felt that the writers and artists stayed true to the heart of the original Peanuts works, giving them a fresh update for a modern reader. What does not change in the comics is their relevance and their emphasis on the importance of friendship. Friends are the people who will be there for you when you need them, as you will be there for your friends. That is what friendship is about and theses classic stories remind us of that.
I really enjoyed reading these comics, and at more than 130 pages it is an absolute treasure. When I first started reading the comic I missed the fact that the stories were adaptations on the original and it never crossed my mind that anyone other than Charles M. Schulz had written and drawn the comics. The only reason I figured it out was there was a single reference at the end of the comics that I could not imagine Schulz making; not because the reference was not in his style, but it would not be a reference made in his lifetime. I would strongly recommend this comic for the uninitiated and the veteran fan alike. This is a must buy and a solid five out of five.
You can find more on this comic at Boom! Studios.
DISCLAIMER: Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments, and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.