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.
I don’t know if I am the best to review this because my last review was on Dynamite’s book Sovereigns where they were putting together all the old Gold Key characters like Turok and Magnus. This book is the same but this time it was more with all the Edgar Rice Burroughs characters. My biggest issue with this is I am not very familiar with most of Burroughs’ characters besides the big names like Tarzan and John Carter (who doesn’t appear in the book which I am guessing for rights issue but they do get another man from Mars to fill in). So there is a bunch of characters I don’t have a lot of emotional attachment to. The introduction and narrator for most of this issue, Jason Gridley, I had to Google, and apparently he is from the Pellucidar stories ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pellucidar ). Both Mr Gridley and Tarzan both interacted with this Hollow World, so at least it’s reasonable to make a link that they knew each other.
Beyond that though this issue is just setup for the rest of the miniseries. Problem is there is so little tension or threat from the villain that there is no sense of urgency to assemble a team of Burroughs’ greatest characters (or maybe just a bunch of his characters because I have no way of knowing about them unless I google them all.)
So while the comic is written well enough it’s just a lack luster start for something called The Greatest Adventure.
I will say the art is great because it really does capture a more pulp feel to the characters and styles that represent the characters and stories they’re from. Just doesn’t much happen for the artist to really stretch his muscles besides some cool spaceships and other flying craft. I would say that the star of the book is the various ships.
Over all I give this a book 2 out of 5. It’s fine book but it doesn’t light my fire for action or adventure.
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