Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Captain Pistol’s Paradise is a cartoon and graphic novel penned by Rowland B. Wilson with Suzanne Lemieux Wilson. As a cartoonist, and an illustrator for Walt Disney, Rowland B. Wilson lends his skills here to his own highly amusing tale of a pirate who falls in love with the image of a woman on a poster and decides to settle in a tropical environment whilst he finds her. The woman in question is Madame Moo, a laundress who rises to unexpected stardom on the stage, but Captain Pistol is not the only one vying for her hand. The plot follows the operatic style of overdramatized characters and romantic entanglements to reach its highly amusing conclusion.
Described as ‘The World’s First Cartoon Opera’, it is easy to see where author and illustrative team Rowland B. Wilson and Suzanne Lemieux Wilson gained the inspiration for the crazy hijinks of their plot, which is filled with great imagery and inventive puns that are sure to keep you giggling throughout the story. The names of the characters alone are worth a guffaw (Don Juan Fiasco Y Tabasco and Smellez LaFeete to name my favorites), and the antics that they get themselves into produce a cast of wild characters with unpredictable energy and highly amusing motivations. The island of Bananazu is actually very well developed and thought out as the idyllic backdrop for all the hectic goings-on, and overall Captain Pistol’s Paradise is sure to be a fun coffee table adventure read that adults can pick up and enjoy again and again.