Synopsis: In ancient days, Jason gathered the greatest heroes of his age and set out on the ultimate sea voyage. Now, in Tarzan’s era, Jason Gridley does the same. The greatest heroes of the Edgar Rice Burroughs universe come together as the crew of the good ship Venture, with none other than Tarzan as their captain. It’s a race this time, against a battleship of dark hearted villains, and the fate of many worlds hangs in the balance.
Review: This latest series from Dynamite sees acclaimed ‘Fables’ writer Bill Willingham take on the various characters of Edgar Rice Burroughs.
The story picks up with Jason Gridley crash landing his futuristic plane in the Jungle where he is saved by Tarzan and Jane.
From that point on the comic is heavy with Jason revealing what has happened in the past tenths and Tarzan, Jane and Jason looking to amass a team of heroes to help them in their raced to find a rare gem before the bad guys do.
The artwork by Cezar Razek has a very pulp sort of feel to it. Almost like a mix of the classic matinee action posters of the 30s combined with Saturday morning cartoons. It’s a bit of a scratchy pencil style that is helped immensely by Daniella Miwa’s awesome colours.
The story by Willingham is penned in such a way that it will gradually bring newer readers that are not familiar with the characters into the story.
Though some people might find this first issue a bit ladened with expositional work. The story probably needs it in order to help you get to know the heroes of the story. There are eighteen in all.
As a fan of Tarzan I was happy to give this a look.
I love the old straight ahead style of story telling that Burroughs and his contemporaries were known for and Willingham despite the heavy handedness with exposition has captured some of the spirit.
- Art Work7.6