Muppet Sherlock Holmes #4
Written by Patrick Storck
Illustrated by Amy Mebberson
Anyway, Sherlock must solve the mysterious disappearance of a butler with an old cryptic message as the only clue. Unlike the last two issues, this story focuses almost exclusively on actual detective work and jokes therein. And I feel that’s what made this issue, as well as the first, strong. Issue 2 fell into infiltration gags fast and long, and issue 3 spent more time mocking interoffice politics than real crime solving, but managed to get the job done near the end anyway. Also, we see Kermit’s Inspector LeStrade character batting cleanup for Sherlock, pointing to very obvious clues in a portrait and generally reacting negatively to Sherlock’s eccentricity. Again, something that was explored in the first issue that sort of petered out in the second and third. Kermit almost seemed like a third wheel in those issues, going with Sherlock’s plans, and by no means reluctantly. And there are some clever character related gags in this issue, like Fozzie’s confusion about how it’s a period piece. It really seems this issue is what the last two SHOULD have been.
That said, this time I really, REALLY wish this series wasn’t over, or at least that it could be revisited. There was a lot of potential that just didn’t fit into the format chosen. Though I still think the one case per issue format worked. The cases picked seemed to be the weirder, less popular Holmes cases that fit in with the Muppets well, but maybe a more popular case would have been great down the line. I’d love for them to continue this series, but the ending isn’t left all that open. Plus, we have no news on if the Muppet Classics line is continuing or not. That would be a shame, especially since the future of The Muppet Show Comic Book is in limbo.
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