Guest Writer: Greg Jude
Artist- Cesar Razek
This article made possible by a gift of a review copy, QWERTY and rolling natural 20s
Edgar Rice Burroughs created many unforgettable characters over the course of his career. Tarzan, Dejah Thoris, and John Carter of Mars have all become icons, thrilling audiences with their adventures since 1912.
For well over a hundred years fans have immersed themselves in Burroughs’ stories. Stories filled with heroes and villains that capture the heart and imagination.
Dynamite Entertainment follows Burroughs’ example with “The Greatest Adventure #8”, written by Bill Willingham and with art by Cezar Razek.
We find our heroes regrouping after a battle that took a heavy toll, including the loss of important team members. After getting themselves together, the team prepares for the next leg of the adventure. When they think they can take some down time to recharge and recuperate, they discover all is not what it seems. Caught by surprise, the next leg of the adventure starts sooner than any of them anticipated.
Willingham’s writing is very good. He leads the reader along the story at a good pace without plodding or hanging anywhere, making for a satisfying read. By the time you get to the end of the book, you are anxiously awaiting the next installment in the series.
Razek’s art is second to none. The scenery is very detailed. Characters are well drawn and pleasing to look at, and everything has a natural appearance. One gets the feeling that Razek could easily tell a compelling story with these characters using his artistic skill alone. His art is that amazing.
Colorist Vinicius Andrade adds just the right amount of atmosphere with his inks. His coloring work brings the art to life. Taylor Esposito’s lettering is well done, and easily conveys Willingham’s story without distraction.
All in all, “The Greatest Adventure #8” is a very well done book which moves the series along nicely. The story carries the serialized feel of Mr. Burroughs’ works forward in a gratifying way.
Fans of this series will enjoy this installment of the story. New readers to the series will seek out the earlier editions after reading this one.