Updated on 16 October, 2021
Pepper Potts is a comic series that is sure to entertain readers of all ages. The story and artwork are created by acclaimed artist Micah Johnson. In this series, the main characters are as fun to look at as they are to read about them. Each page is beautifully colored, bringing life to the image on the right. It is important to remember when viewing any comic book that while super hero is the focus of the story, the villains are just as interesting and should be equally exciting. Marvel's Pepper Potts series is no different.
Take a look at the newest installment "The Halloween Special". In this issue, Ghost Rider is asked to save Halloween in the town of Halloween. He must defeat the villain Voodoo and protect the humans of Halloween. Solicitor General Whitacre assigns young Johnny to take Ghost Rider on after he saves an infant from a car crash.
The entire comic is written around a single theme. The villains in this story all want to control Halloween, and they each have unique ways to do it. This includes being the local Halloween costume shop's sole seller, being the only employee of a Halloween museum, or creating the most horrifying website in the World Wide Web. While there may be many other crazy ideas, Voodoo is by far the scariest of all. I cannot wait for the second book in this series to come out!
The story begins in modern day Halloween, and Johnny has a run in with a mugger. This encounter leaves a scar on Johnny's chest, which is visible in the first few pages of the comic. When the mugger asks Johnny if he knows how he got a mark, Johnny claims he doesn't. A short time later, Johnny finds out that his mother gave him the scars when she was nine years old. That is why he never wanted to kill anyone.
In the second issue, we meet Cottonmouth, the new local Halloween costume shop owner. Cottonmouth's business is apparently doing better than ever. The third issue is when we see what really motivated him to start the business in the first place. While investigating a murder, Cottonmouth discovers an ancient skull. It has a ring that needs a match, and he has a very particular idea about how to get it.
Pepper Potts is a mixture of detective work and vampire/superhero flicks, which is one of the main reasons that I like it so much. The author, Robert Crais, takes the time to build up the mythology of the characters so that it makes sense and feels like a real book. He does a great job of creating the mythos around each main character, making you care about them and having you root for them. The other great thing about the story is that each panel is filled with great dialog, and the dialog is directed toward the reader to make you feel like you are part of the novel.
There have been several different re-prints of the series, but none of them have done a great job. One of the things that might turn people off about the series is the repetitious nature of the story. Some people read comics to see a unique take on a familiar situation, and this is not always the case with the Pepper Potts. However, the repetitiveness of some panels actually works in the book's favor. It helps to keep you interested because you know that there will be a different perspective on the same events from panel to panel.
All in all, I love the Pepper Potts cartoon series. It is one of my favorites and is a great example of how a kid should draw something in a cartoon, period. It is not just supposed to be cute or funny, but it can be educational as well. For kids who love the genre (and who already love the Peanuts books), it is a must-have.