Athena Voltaire HC

In the knuckle-dusting style of classic pulp adventure comes Athena Voltaire, the beautiful globetrotting aviatrix who takes on Nazis, zombies, and unspeakable occult creatures! This whopping tome rescripts and remasters Athena’s adventures from the long-running, Eisner-nominated comic by Steve Bryant, including over fifty pages of brand-new material!

Not all heroes have to have superpowers in order to kick ass, but fighting vampires and Nazis is a great way to still keep it interesting.  With the exception of seeing a Kickstarter project for one of the recent books I’ve had no experience with this series before.  Now with a refreshed compendium version of her adventures to date, I had the opportunity to see read Athena Voltaire in all her glory.

This is a really fun collection of high flying, gun toting exploits starring the aviatrix Athena Voltaire.  She’s like a combination of Indiana Jones and Lara Croft, in both her character itself and all the wild travels she goes on.  As mentioned before, she deals with everything from temple guardians, to vampires and other supernatural beings, all the while under the eye of the Third Reich. I really like the assortment of challenges she faces and it’s always an enjoyable new tale.

On top of all the writing for this exciting book, Steve Bryant takes it upon himself to do all the art as well.  There’s nothing flashy or far out about the setting these take place in, but that does not keep the artwork from shining.  From time to time my eye couldn’t help but catch tiny oddities, but beyond that, kudos to Bryant for all the impressive work.

You can’t help but love a story, or a character, like Athena Voltaire.  It’s the simple, yet entertaining kind of thrills that can be good for fans of all sorts, across almost all ages.  As long as this series has been around, if you haven’t done so before, take a step into this world with the compendium for your next lazy day read.

For more on Athena Voltaire or other Dark Horse titles, check out Dark Horse Comics.

Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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