The Muppets #2
Marvel/Disney Comics (October, 2012)“The Four Seasons: Summer” WRITER/ARTIST: Roger Langridge COLORIST: Kawaii Creative Studio LETTERER: Litomilano S.r.l. (what the who where?) COVER ARTISTS: Elisabetta Melaranci & Gianluca Barone
The crew decides to do a special beach performance, but Fozzie gets the opportunity to work with the Whatnots…which doesn’t go as well as expected. Neither does the beach show when a sudden snowstorm hits.
Skits include: Wayne & Wanda, Gonzo The Great, Veterinarian’s Hospital, a song by Kermit, Muppet Labs, Pigs In Space, and a dancing bear act.
What they got right: The Whatnots are doppelgangers for the usual Muppet crew, but the name actually comes from a series of “blank” Muppets that Muppeteers use for random characters. (For Sesame Street they’re referred to as Anything Muppets.) They also make a line of customized Whatnots for the general public, sold at FAO Schwartz and very expensive.
What they got wrong: Musical numbers still don’t work in comic form, and there were three here.
Recommendation: It’s too bad internal politics at Marvel led to Roger leaving. It’s a great comic and worth picking up.