The new ongoing comic book series Peanuts, from Boom! Studios’ kaboom! children’s line, has two rather Herculean tasks on its hands. First, of course, is following in the footsteps of a master cartoonist like Charles M. Schulz; it partially solves this issue by running the artist’s original Peanuts Sunday strips alongside the new material. The second feat: adapting the Peanuts characters into a format that breaks them out of the comic strip and fits them more into a standard comic book narrative for kids. The result is not exactly the Peanuts I grew up with, but a a spirited hybrid that has a little something for everybody.
First, on to the great: the art here by Vicki Scott, Paige Braddock, and Matt Whitlock has a charming, bouyant quality that keeps the spirit of Schulz’ work alive without being a stiff & studied copy. In particular, Whitlock’s art in “Cat Cash” has alot of bounce and charm, taking full advantage of the unique dimensions of the comic book page but avoiding becoming something unrecognizable to Peanuts fans. The coloring is bright and gorgeous across the board, really making the book “pop” -- though it might be weird seeing modern “modeling” techniques and shading (though subtly done) on these characters.