My Greatest Adventure #4

by Doug Zawisza, Reviewer |

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Thu, January 12th, 2012 at 8:08PM (PST)


Two-thirds of the way through the scheduled run of “My Greatest Adventure”, we get the beginnings of an origin story, a fight against a dinosaur and a battle between (apparently) evenly-matched, cosmic-level characters. Each of the stories offers a little bit more in their respective narrative, but no resolutions are locked down yet.

The issue opens with Robotman and Maddy Rouge facing down an enormous monster that has the ability to put Robotman out of commission. The resulting downtime gives Matt Kindt the chance to have Robotman get all introspective for us. We get a peek into Cliff Steele’s pre-robotic life, but don’t get a whole lot of details beyond what we already know. Cliff gets horribly injured driving a race car. There are hints about how Cliff came to be Robotman, and a quick tease as to who may have been behind it (a man with ginger hair and beard) but the ten pages are filled before the origin tale is complete.

Scott Kolins and Mike Atiyeh play with the entire space of the page, filling the backgrounds behind and between panels with shapes and colors to enhance the primary story contained within those panels. The monster that Kolins draws for this story is a nice homage to Jack Kirby, helping propel the nostalgic feel of the lead story in this issue.

Aaron Lopresti pulls out all the stops -- in terms of story and art -- in the Garbage Man tale that fills the middle of this book. Garbage Man, a hulking, shambling humanoid is set against a dinosaur in the austere setting of a sewer. Lopresti choreographs a brutal battle between the two behemoths, playing with the entire space of the page. Lopresti throws in some open panels, with characters overlapping panel-to-panel and even floating in white space. In addition to dancing through white space, Lopresti’s characters have story beats depicted in silhouette, juxtaposed with sound effects and in more traditional panel arrangements. The cast is tight, the action is dynamic, and the story itself is a fun read.

Kevin Maguire’s ongoing saga of Tanga hits a turning point where Tanga is left with no option but to engage Za in combat. Using brain over brawn, and hoping to accomplish her objective of saving innocent lives, Tanga shifts the battle into the gullet of the giant beastie she’s trying to stop. That limits the background, but Maguire draws interesting enough characters that the void generated by the innards of an enormous monster or simple color panels are environment enough for the story. Collaborating with Maguire, Rosemary Cheetham fills this tale with colors that play well off each other and give this story a distinct vibe. Cheetham and Maguire are a strong pairing, especially with a story that plays to Maguire’s strengths as an artist.

This series has been consistently amusing, giving us a trio of offbeat characters, magnificent art and quick hits of adventure. “My Greatest Adventure” covers the gamut from sewers to stars, dinosaurs to racecars and has a little something for everyone. Of course, if you’re a fan of dinosaurs or monsters, then you’re in luck and will certainly appreciate the book all the more.

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