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The Muppet Show: Meet The Muppets (Boom! Studios) 

Muppet comics! Yayyyyyyyyyyyyy! *hands waving in air*

Boom! Studios, a smaller big comic book publisher, launched their new Boom! Kids line earlier this year, which features comics based on the Disney-owned properties Pixar and The Muppets. Time will tell if this arrangement lasts now that Disney owns Marvel. Hopefully nothing will happen that affects the Muppet Show comics that cartoonist Roger Langridge has been making for the past six months, because these comics are perfect. They are technically aimed at kids, but truly the target audience is the generation that grew up watching The Muppet Show. It is one of the most astonishing things I have ever encountered: Langridge managed to take The Muppet Show, a show that relied heavily on music, explosions, shouting and wacky puppet body language, and flawlessly translated it to the stagnant pages of a monthly comic book. It's mind-blowing. Each issue follows the structure of an episode of The Muppet Show, with skits, musical numbers and a main backstage story. The comics also incorporate even the most minor characters from the show. A trade paperback was recently released that collects the first four issues, and if you are a fan, it will be the best $10 you ever spend.

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