The Smurfs #10: The Return of the Smurfette Hardcover – Jan 17 2012
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Roland Goossand, popularly known as Gos, is a Belgian comics creator who was a frequent collaborator of Peyo's and wrote several Smurf stories. Gos also wrote for the comic "Spirou" and launched his own comics titles in Belgium in the 1970's including "The Scrameustach."
Peyo created The Smurfs in his comic strip "Johan and Peewit". Peyo wrote and drew over 8 extremely popular titles in Europe throughout his storied career. In 2008 the country of Belgium celebrated what would have been his 80th birthday by issuing a 5 Euro coin featuring his creation, The Smurfs.
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The longer stories in this volume are:
"The Smurf Garden" - the Smurfs want to have a picnic. However, the picnic area is filled with bugs, the grass needs to be cut, and the swing and benches are broken. The Smurfs decide to come back the next day and clean the picnic area up. However, in the night Gargamel discovers the picnic area and sets a trap. The next day the Smurfs return, along with Smurfette and discover a garden that appears to be perfect. However, appearances are deceiving and it's up to Dopey Smurf to save the day.
"The Handy Smurf" - Handy Smurf creates a drill and goes around making holes all around items in Smurf Village.
"Halloween" - the Smurflings play a Halloween prank on the Witch that gets Gargamel in trouble.
The mid-length story in the volume is "The Return of The Smurfette." In this story, the Smurfs receive a letter from Smurfette informing them she will be returning to the village. They do everything they can to impress her and make her return special.
Some of the one-page stories are entitled "Romeos and Smurfette." The other one-page stories are entitled "Smurferies." The "Romeos and Smurfette" illustrate the different things different Smurfs do to win Smurfette's heart. "Smurferies" features various day to day events in Smurf Village.
THE RETURN OF THE SMURFETTE is a welcome addition to the Smurf comics' volumes. With Smurfette's return things at Smurf Village become even more interesting than before.
As for the additional stories included, "The Smurf Garden" has the Smurfs dealing with a Garden Of Delights that turns into a trap set up by Gargamel to capture the Smurfs; "The Handy Smurf" has Handy going Tim Taylor crazy with a new power driller that he uses to drill everything he can get his hands on; and "Halloween" is when the Smurflings do a little trick-or-treating out in the forest when they run into a witch who goes after them for stealing her apples.
Overall, with the exception of Grouchy's comments being translated as "me, I don't likes" that ruin the spirit of the character as normally interpreted in English, this comic book collection is worthy of being part of a Smurf fan's collection.