by Lady Victoria Irwin
Mr. Peabody & Sherman #4: Bee my Valen-time opens with the brainy dog, Mr. Peabody, and his boy Sherman, trying to outrun a literal Mongol horde. Using some quick thinking, the two escape back home just in time for Valentine’s Day. With a wealth of cards from famous women across the globe, Peabody informs Sherman that he will have to let them down gently. When the boy seems confused, Peabody attempts to explain romantic love to Sherman and finds himself unable to get the point across. Instead, he uses the Wabac machine to transport the two to visit William Shakespeare, Cyrano, and Marie Antoinette in an attempt to explain to Sherman how love works.
Sholly Fisch tells a charming kid’s story in this issue, but it has one major problem; so many of the facts presented are so painfully historically inaccurate English majors and Historians will find themselves gritting their teeth. Marie Antoinette most likely did not say anything about cake and William Shakespeare would have been distraught over the death of his son while writing Hamlet, not joyfully watching Peabody and Sherman do tricks to break his writer’s block. If you take the story as just a story, it is enjoyable, but definitely not something you would use to explain actual history to children.
Jorge Molongo’s art style in the issue is adorable and kid friendly. It reminds me a great deal of the Disney artist Mary Blair.The decision to make Cyrano a Sci-fi nerd was a bit odd, but somehow it turned out to be enjoyable. Jeremy Colwell keeps the colors bright and attention focused.
The pun-loving intelligent dog and his boy finishes the issue leading right into the start of the upcoming feature film for Mister Peabody and Sherman. Filled with bad puns and time travel, the comic is a delightful quick read.