This week brought the release of the Peanuts Friends Forever 2016 Special. BOOM! Studios is waving goodbye to the Peanuts gang after 39 issues, four original graphic novels, and a groundbreaking tribute book. This issue comic features a few stories: Dress to Depress and Sally Brown on Reading, written by Charles M. Schulz, adapted by Jason Cooper, with pencils by Vicki Scott. Plus, an original story entitled Daisy Hill Days, written by Cooper, with art & letters by Donna Almendrala. There's also a few classic Peanuts strips throughout.
What I love about BOOM! Studios adaptation of Peanuts, and what Jason Cooper deserves so much credit for is the way he's stayed true to the heart of the characters. The sweet innocence that's both emotional and funny comes through on the page making the comic really enjoyable to read. I found Sally's comic about the importance of reading to be particularly entertaining…
…but what was the most special about this issue was Snoopy's story. I've read a decent amount of Charlie Brown comics and I've seen the animated shorts as well. Snoopy has always been a character that I liked, but just had a surface level connection to. That all changed when I picked up the Peanuts Friends Forever 2016 Special. Inside, there's a story about Snoopy and his realization that the puppy farm where Charlie Brown adopted him is being shut down and replaced by a mall.
The emotional intensity of the situation was much more than I imagined it to be when first encountering it. I thought that perhaps the problem would be overlooked or masked by comedy. I was wrong. What lied inside the pages was Snoopy really processing what it meant for that puppy farm to be taken over and how it would affect him and all of his brothers and sisters. With that said, seeing his brothers and sisters just made my heart melt. Each one of them responding to his letter with an update on their lives and how they're all doing. Could we have a Snoopy central movie in the future?
Overall, this issue was fantastic. A well rounded heartwarming balance of Charles M. Shulz lovable characters and their day to day adventures. Will this lead to more annual special comics in the future? I sure hope so.