Synopsis: “Outlaw, Hero, Purr-amour! Puss in Boots is back! Short of money and with a long milk tab to pay, Puss answers an advert that takes him out to sea with a cranky old owl on a pea-green boat. But if you think you know how this fairytale ends, think again! Flying fur balls and derring-do abound! See you on the poop deck!“
Written by: Chris Cooper and Max Davison
Art by: Dave Alvarez and Egle Bartolini
Publisher: Titan Comics
Release Date: April 20, 2016
Now I know this seems like a bit of an easy target to review about and have negative things to say, but this comic wasn’t something I was into. I know this is suppose to be more for “children”, but I still didn’t enjoy it.
The art style was very unflattering. It wasn’t a really nice looking and I understand that the original was in 3D so it would be hard to translate that into comic art, but it just doesn’t look good. The other animals look okay, but Puss is the worst looking part of the comic.
The main issue I have with this comic is you’re suppose to feel bad for Puss in the beginning because he lost all his friends and was kicked out of the town. I can’t feel that because he is such an unlikable jerk in the beginning and throughout the comic. When it comes to Shrek characters, Puss was my least favorite, not being well developed, and not seeing his standalone movie. This definitely doesn’t want me to look at the movie or anything because he does seem really terrible. I really don’t know how anyone could like him because he was really unlikable and self centered. Even in the second story, where it was shorter, it was just too much of a rude character.
Last little nitpick from me is the character page where they describe some of the characters: most of them aren’t until the second story and when they are in the story, none of things that are mentioned in the description is really brought up except with Toby “worshiping” Puss in Boots, which looks more like a Halloween costume choice and not worship. For someone who isn’t familiar with characters in this franchise, these descriptions don’t really help you figure out these characters. Again, I know this is for kids, but kids are not dumb. These are very small descriptions and you don’t even see it in the comic, so why even have it on there? To take up space?
The variant cover isn’t very appealing either and there’s only one of them. It is slightly in the style of the comic, but it still doesn’t look as great as it really could. I’m not sure why there isn’t as many, but Titan usually does an amazing job with variant covers so I’m slightly disappointed all around in this comic. I would avoid this unless you’re a huge fan of Puss in Boots.