If you’ve seen the new Shrek Forever After movie, then you might be wondering why Rumpelstiltskin was so mad at our favorite green ogre at the beginning of the movie. Well, all your answers are here in Shrek Forever After: the Prequel, along with two bonus stories featuring Donkey and the Gingerbread Man in new adventures.
I have to admit that I’m rarely a fan of movie spin-off books. However, I am a Shrek fan, so despite any misgivings, I was eager to read Shaw and company’s stories. The first tale, “Rumpelstiltskin’s Revenge,” is the strongest, which is a good thing, since that’s the one that is going to sell this comic to other Shrek fans. The story is from Rumpelstiltskin’s perspective, giving his reasons for why he hates Shrek and showing him attempting–again and again without success–to get Shrek locked into a contract which will spell his doom. While kid readers might not get some of Rumpelstiltskin’s disguises–the Yiddish movie director, the Richard Simmons clone–they’ll definitely get the fart jokes, and there are a lot of them. Readers who have already seen Shrek Forever After will enjoy the new back story, but even readers who haven’t seen the movie will chuckle a little at Rumpelstiltskin’s antics and Shrek’s obliviousness.
The second story, “The Lost Flute,” is a reworking of the Pied Piper story….
Shrek Forever After: The Prequel
Authors: Scott Shaw!, Matt Anderson, Jason M. Burns
Pencils and Inks: Drew Rausch, Mikhail Drujic, Rob Reilly; Colors: JM Ringuet, Jay Moyano, Paul Little; Letters: Jason Arthur; Cover: Robb Mommaerts, Rolando Mallada
Ape Entertainment/Kizoic, May 2010