Thompson's commentary adds so much to the reading experience that I actually felt this was the superior publication as compared to the first hardcover volume of 1950s-era strips I have on my bookshelf. In that volume, the strips really have to speak for themselves, but Thompson's footnotes here bring so much more to the equation. It's also interesting to see the evolution of Schulz's character design and style. Charlie Brown looked a bit different when he debuted as compared to the icon we know today. The same holds true for how these familiar characters behaved in their early days. Unseen Peanuts will be of interest not only to fans of the craft of comics but to anyone who grew up with Charlie, Snoopy, Linus et al. Read Full Review
The book isn't without its flaws: the overall story still seems rather piecemeal, and there's a lack of the kind of gravitas that one might expect from a book that deals with the death of one of the Marvel Universe's most iconic heroes. It's also still a little confusing as to where this story fits into the timeline, especially with regard to current issues of New Avengers; does Hawkeye's appearance in this book predate that one? If so, why did the New Avengers go back to the raft to find Cap's body in the current arc of their own book, after Wolverine confirmed his death in the first issue of this one? Either way, there are some gaps to fill in, but it doesn't detract from the story too much. I only hope that Loeb is building to something more poignant with the miniseries' final couple of issues, as this is a storyline which warrants something a little bit special, and it would be a shame to see Marvel miss the opportunity to pay tribute to one of their most important superheroes. Read Full Review
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