Penguins Vs. Possums is pretty much exactly what the title says – crazy. From the start, the book feels a little like Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole both because the main characters are anthropomorphic and because there is some serious, no-holds barred, knock down, drag out action-slaughter in this comic. From the cover, this title looks cute and maybe even for kids but it is neither. Fun-because it’s crazy, I hope that this title can turn up the story just a little so that it has more bite to it other than its novelty.
Penguins Vs. Possums starts the right way with some crazy action: a gun and ninja-star battle at the penguin viewing area of a zoo. Immediately, the reader gets the sense that there has been an ongoing and secret-from-human-eyes war between the penguins and possoms. While this book certainly has some excellent originality and is a lot of conceptual fun, I worry that it might fall a little flat in the direction of the story.
The first issue of Penguins Vs. Possums establishes some potential story in the way of a lost love, the obvious warring tensions between the penguins and the possums as well as a foretold potential destiny for the main character but all of these plot points seem a little formulaic. The story does take an unusual turn by covering events from the perspective of both the penguins and the possums which could be the part of the book with the most potential. If the creators of Penguins Vs. Possums can add a little more personality to their characters, the book certainly has a lot of very crazy potential.