Sunday, June 08, 2014

Graphic Novel Review: SMURF SOUP

SMURF SOUP is the 13th volume of Smurf comics written by Peyo and issued by Papercutz.
SMURF SOUP includes three Smurf stories: "Smurf Soup", "Gargamel and the Crocodile", and "The Clockwork Smurf."

The title story is "Smurf Soup." Gargamel inadvertently leads a hungry ogre to the Smurf village. Papa Smurf convinces the ogre, named Bigmouth, that he has come to eat Smurf soup. So, Papa Smurf goes about preparing a special batch of Smurf just for Bigmouth.

Gargamel purchases a crocodile egg from a traveling salesman which quickly hatches in "Gargamel and the Crocodile." Gargamel plans to skin the animal and use it in a Smurf-catching potion when it gets bigger. However, the creature grows faster than expected and causes more trouble than anyone would have imagined.

In "The Clockwork Smurf" Handy Smurf builds a mechanical Smurf to help with chores. It also makes perfect sarsaparilla. Gargamel catches the Clockwork Smurf along with two other Smurfs and plans to use them as part of his plan to get revenge on all of the Smurfs.

SMURF SOUP is an enjoyable read. The stories are a bit longer than the typical Smurf stories, which I really enjoyed. This book is a must have for a Smurf fan's collection. Also recommended for younger children who enjoy comic books.

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