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REVIEW: Smurfs 65th Anniversary

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REVIEW: Smurfs 65th Anniversary

3.68/5.0 Stars
Rating if the Book Were a Movie:  G/PG

Creative Team 

Author: Peyo
Letters: Janice Chiang, Justin Birch, and Bryan Senka
Cover: Peyo
Editor: Zohra Ashpari
Publisher: Papercutz

Ratings 

Story: 3.8
Interior Artwork: 4.0
Cover Artwork: 4.0
Dialogue: 3.9
Mechanics: 3.2
Editing: 3.2

About the Book:

This is a collection of 3 stories set in the Smurf universe.  The first one deals with Smurfette, Gargamel, and a spell gone wrong.  The next two have the smurfs dealing with beings from outer space!

Reviewer’s Notes: 

This edition of the Smurfs is the 65th Anniversary of the series, brought to you by Free Comic Book Day!

The Smurfs have been a childhood staple for 58 years. That is a long time to be around, especially for a cartoon series.  Which says something about the quality of the cartoon itself.  Smurfs are always family friendly and usually teach something during the process.

The stories contained between the covers are unique themselves, the first one deals with every trying to gain a kiss from Smurfette, which honestly has been a staple in the series since the creation of the character.  The story is good as it teaches in a subtle way that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as Smurfette is turned into a toad due to a spell brought on by Gargamel.  That said through Gargamel’s own issues and clumsiness, that very spell is accidentally applied to him, and while Smurfette learns from this, Gargamel does not seem to.

The next two stories deal with the Smurfs meeting an alien Smurf from a different planet, and how the smurfs work together to help the green smurf from another planet and how he helps them in return.  This story I like because it is a subtle hint at helping one another, even if they do not look like you!

The cover is great and is done in the timeless style that is well known for the Smurfs. Showing Smurfette and two unnamed smurfs on the striking smurf blue background, if you have ever been a fan of the Smurfs then this book definitely gets your attention!

The interior follows the same wonderful classic style and matches the cover beautifully.  The detail used to maintain the look and feel of what everyone knows to be Smurf related, also makes me think of the cartoons I grew up watching as a kid.

This story as a whole brought me back to much younger days of watching the Smurfs as part of the normal cartoon line up.  It is clean classic fun that seems to be hit or miss in some comics.  It is the perfect comic for young readers who just want clean wholesome fun!

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Growing up in the 80s and 90s I grew up as an eclectic geek, a fact that still holds true today. I grew up watching all the classic cartoons of the 80's and had many an adventures with the toys that went with. Played tabletop RPG's and still enjoy computer gaming as adulting allows. On top of making time to read comics, and spend time with family and friends.

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