Lorna: Relic Wrangler
On paper it seems like a Tomb Raider Parody Comic was meant to happen. Think about it and take into consideration the setting, plot and main character that the aforementioned franchise possesses, and you’ll ask yourself why it hasn’t happened sooner. Realizing the potential, the creative team of Lorna: Relic Wrangler makes an attempt to fill said void, only to miss the mark. How badly does that happen? Let’s find out together.
Before we go into the bad things about this book, let me just say that at the very least the writer doesn’t write dialogue that’s painful to read, so you could say that there’s at least some skill involved. It still doesn’t excuse the fact that the main story in this book has 3 critical things wrong with the writing execution beyond that, with the first of those things being that Lorna is an unbelievable protagonist. Beyond some mission revealing exposition and some shots of dirty old men getting their jollies from Cheesecake, there’s nothing there that makes Lorna anywhere near ready to be a Lara Croft stand in. Speaking of unbelievable, the Antagonist suffers from problems even worse than Lorna. Martha is not only saddled with a ridiculous motive, but the early attempt to make her look evil just makes Lorna and the writer look kind of stupid in this reviewer’s eyes. Finally, this writing in the main story (and the book period) is simply not funny on any level. Sure it tries extremely hard to be funny, but it fails in every attempt to do so, making this story more of a chore to read than it should be, and since it’s the main story the writer’s general success or failure hinges on it, and he sadly didn’t do what he had to do to succeed.
At first glance, the art in this book definitely feels like it strips the writing. From the excellent cover, to the colorful display of the first story, and the overall art style variety, it seems like this book will at least be fun to look at, and it is until you understand that the majority of the art is mostly of one singular nature. Unfortunately, Loston Wallace abuses the opportunity to draw Cheesecake Shots, and ends up drawing far too many of them. In fact, there are so many cheesecake shots, that they end up distracting from the main story itself, something that a few people will not find a problem with. As for the art in the backups, the first backup’s art is without consequence in any way, shape or form, while the second backup harkens to back to the old Horror Comics, which will appeal to some, but left this reviewer flat, which can describe my feels about the overall art package.
If I had to place to book on my overall review group scale, this book would definitely be the 3rd worst book I had to review with Nemesis #3 and Weird World #1 being worse than this one. At the very least, there is something resembling effort, and unlike the other two, this did possess the 3rd Story, which was the best written one in this reviewer’s eyes. It’s just a shame that the overall package didn’t come together to make this a truly worthwhile comic. A “Read it In the Store” Comic if I ever saw one.
Final Judgment: 4