The Muppet Show Comic Book: The Treasure of Peg-Leg Wilson #4 is due in stores this week, thus concluding the second chapter of Roger Langridge’s Muppet epic. Thankfully for everyone involved, Langridge keeps the momentum that he’s built up over the previous 7 issues to give us a story that ties up all of our loose ends while still keeping that Muppet Show voice that the kids seem to like.
In this issue, Rizzo and Kismet the Toad and the Seven Dwarfs are racing to see who can find Peg-Leg Wilson’s treasure first, no matter how much of the Muppet Theater they have to obliterate. Meanwhile, Animal is still acting like he’s one of the Boston elite, Miss Piggy is after Kismet the Toad’s blood, and Kermit is left trying to keep the show running (while keeping a roof above their heads). It’s a lot to cram into one issue, but Langridge managed it without a hitch. Unfortunately, some mainstays had to take a back seat, like Pigs in Space. Short skits of Vet’s Hospital, Muppet Labs, and Gonzo’s daredevil act are the only on-stage scenes, as well as one sketch featuring Robin and Sweetums discussing stamp collecting is featured, which is definitely the dud of the issue. But I’m alright with that, because I’m a sucker for some satisfying closure. And closure is what we get with all these strange plotlines that were set up way back in issue #1.
So how does this story compare to the first 4-issue arc of The Muppet Show Comic Book? Well, they’re the same size. Is that what you meant? Or did you want to know about the stuff inside? Yeah, I can talk about that stuff. The done-in-ones from the first arc definitely had more in common with The Muppet Show, but the more recent miniseries was much more satisfying. Beyond the fact that it allowed Langridge to tell larger stories, and beyonder the fact that it gave us an additional reason to look forward to the next issue, the beyondest is that Langridge has had the time to hone his artistic style and voice to the point where it doesn’t feel like he’s copying the Muppets anymore. Instead, he’s put himself in the same category as Jerry Juhl, being a real visionary behind The Muppet Show (comic).
The other fantastic thing about the latest issue is how it sets up the next story arc: On the Road. I am absolutely loving the anticipation of getting something Muppety every month (which is only second to the satisfaction of actually having something Muppety in your hands every month). Of course, before the Muppets hit the road, we’ll have the Pigs in Space one-shot to look forward to. (See what I mean? Looking forward to stuff is the second-best feeling ever!)