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Peter Panzerfaust Volume 1: The Great Escape TP Paperback – September 11, 2012


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  • Series: Peter Panzerfaust (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Image Comics (September 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607065827
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607065821
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 6.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #313,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm very much looking forward to the journey, as this opening volume is a great beginning.
A. KAPLAN
I think the balance is just right, and the storytelling framework keeps you out of his thoughts, which is a very good thing.
BlueFairy
Over all I would recommend this book to just about anyone who enjoys great imaginative tales.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alt on September 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
Peter is in Calais, looking for a girl named Belle. The war interrupts his search. By happenstance, Peter takes charge of a half dozen French orphans who join him in wartime adventures. These are recounted many years later by one of the orphans as he browses through old photographs. The audience for the tales is John Parsons, who is searching for answers of his own. Why Parsons is so interested in Peter, and what Peter's fate may have been, will presumably be revealed in subsequent volumes.

The story is simple, not particularly believable, but reasonably entertaining. You have to be prepared to swallow war stories that are even more farfetched than usual. Young French teens suddenly become proficient with firearms and fight off invading soldiers? As war stories go, this one is rather tame; it lacks the dramatic punch that the best examples of the genre deliver. The basic elements of a strong story are present, but the writing lacks flair and the story is predictable. Still, there is enough promise here to pique interest in the next volume.

The art is unconventional, simple but pleasing, rendered in an interesting style.

I would give this 3 1/2 stars if that option were available.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nicola Mansfield on October 1, 2012
Format: Paperback
Reason for Reading: I like WWII stories and I like reimagined fairy tales. This appealed to my tastes.

This is a very well done historical tale of a group of French orphans who survive the blasting of their orphanage in Calais. As they are trying to survive and decide what to do next they meet a charismatic American boy, Peter, who readily takes charge of the group and they set off to first just escape Calais, then later head to Paris where they assume they will be safer.

The dynamics of the children are good. They are all around the same age 14-16, some being leaders, others followers, some more gung ho while others are more timid and afraid. A well-rounded group of kids. Peter, however, is a bit larger than life. He seems to have no fear, thrives on it actually and just naturally becomes the leader with little resistance from anyone. He doesn't have super abilities but he comes out unscathed where it seems impossible.

The elements of Peter Pan have been wound into the story well. Of course there is the obvious leader Peter, the thinking of the orphans as Lost Boys, the eventual rescuing of the Darling children, but there are more subtle ones as well. Peter mentions his looking for a woman named "Belle" before the war started, in one scene as Peter crosses a room that is being riddled with bullets his shape is left upon the wall, ie his shadow, their are instances when Peter "flies", Wendy has dreamt of being able to live in a Neverland and so on. An enjoyable story with its connections to the Peter Pan tale; there is no magic in it and I hope future volumes continue that way, but it is obvious there is something not quite right about Peter and it will be interesting find out what his mystery is.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. KAPLAN on September 14, 2012
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While this first book contains no overt fantasy elements, it combines the Peter Pan story with the German invasion of France in World War II. A young American helps a group of orphans escape the German invasion of Calais (the first French city to fall). En route to Paris, they encounter the newly-orphaned Darling family: Wendy, John and Michael. No sign of Tinkerbell yet, but the series is still young.

This book combines the feeling of a boys' adventure story with a harsher, grimmer tale of war as it truly was. Fast paced and exciting, it balances triumph and tragedy. Artist Tyler Jenkins' art clearly illustrates the action, and writer Kurtis Wiebe wisely knows when to shut up and let the art carry the story. The characters are clear and distinct, both in terms of voice and art. The story sets up a few mysteries, but they're all character-based, rather than layering in contrived-feeling conspiracies or weirdness.

The story is framed by an apparent journalist interviewing one of the so-called Lost Boys about the wartime events years later, and hints are dropped as to where the story will be heading. I'm very much looking forward to the journey, as this opening volume is a great beginning.
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By TheStomach on July 12, 2013
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The concept of this book alone blew my mind when I first heard about it! The story and art done so well and really do a great job of tying WW2 to the Peter Pan stories we all read / watched when we were little.
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Volume one: The Great Escape is the trade paperback collecting the single issues #1-5. It is the introduction of Peter Panzerfaust, an American boy who is in France during WWII, specifically the invasion of the Germans onto French lands.
This story is told with a coversation in the future with old man "Tootles" reflecting back at his time with Peter and the rest of the "Lost Boys" during the war. There are lots of little things that are in the story to connect this one to the classic Peter Pan story, like the "Second Window on the Right" as the lost boys just meet Peter and need to escape the oncoming Nazi soldiers. Captain Hook is also introduced as the bad guy/Nazi leader. The art is pretty decent, although as others have said, alot of the faces look very similar other that hair style which can make things a little confusing. A plus for the art is they do a great job with the action sequences, although it can be kind of brutal with young kids fighting and killing Nazi soldier in cold blood, but personaly I loved it cause war is brutal. I really liked Peter and his personality, very confedent of himself and a natural leader in times of stress just like the Classic Peter.
If you enjoy a good wartime story this is for you
There is not any magic in this book, but it is a great story. The writer and artist do a fantastic job creating characters you can care for, and their relationships with each other are heartfilled and important to the story. I would recommend this book to friends, comic fans, and even war-story fans. I will be picking up Vol#2 for sure when it comes out!
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