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Title: The Smurfs and the Magic Flute by Peyo
Notable: Book #2 in The Smurfs Graphic Novels series
This is a story about a magical flute which makes people dance and how a dishonest man named Oilycreep uses it to steal from others. He conspires with Lord Mumford to use the flute to start a war and gain additional lands, but the Smurfs save the day by making a new magical flute to thwart their evil plans.
In my opinion, this is possibly the best Smurf graphic novel. The story is complex and it brings in a lot of elements that are outside of just the Smurf village itself. Johan, Peewit and Homnibus, recurring human characters throughout the series, have major roles in this story. The Smurfs are brought in almost as supporting characters. Their role is to make the new magical flute and help stop Oilycreep and Lord Mumford. Their village is definitely in the early stages of its development in this story. It’s not pictured as this cute little village that you can get to just by taking a nice stroll through the woods. The landscape around the Smurf village is pretty bleak, and the Smurfs and their houses look quite different from later renditions.
Although the illustrations have more of an old-fashioned look to them, the story is great. I love the complexity of it and the human characters give it a different kind of flavor from most of the Smurf graphic novels.
I recommend The Smurfs and the Magic Flute to fans of the Smurfs. It’s one of the best!
Rating: 4 Stars
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