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Indiana Jones
Omnibus - Volume 1


Authors: William Messner-Loebs, Dan Barry, Lee Marrs and Mike Richardson
Artists: Dan Barry, Dan Spiegle and Leo Duramona
Titan Books
RRP: £19.99, US $24.95
ISBN-13: 978 1 84576 806 5
ISBN-10: 1 84576 806 X
Available 21 March 2008

Known to his university colleagues as the preeminent archaeologist Dr. Henry Jones Jr., the rest of the world knows him by another name - Indiana Jones, greatest adventurer of the twentieth century. Follow Indy as he travels the globe in a race against the Nazis to recover the world's greatest treasures. From the lost city of Atlantis, to the sacred scrolls of Buddha, to an Incan artefact of legendary power, Indiana Jones will stop at nothing to preserve these prizes from the grasp of Hitler and his allies...

Indiana Jones: Omnibus - Volume 1 collects together three classic comic adventures from Dark Horse.

In the Fate of Atlantis join Indy and former colleague-turned-stage psychic, Sophia Hapgood as they race the Nazis around the world to discover the fate of Atlantis; Dr. Jones gets a new sidekick and takes on the Japanese army in a quest for a powerful relic in Thunder in the Orient; and finally in Indiana Jones and the Army of Gold, join our hero as he sets of in search of a hidden Incan royal burial chamber.

As a teenager I bought the Marvel Indiana Jones comic series that was released in the '80s, but as interesting as they were, the art and storylines never quite met my expectations. By the time this Dark Horse series was released in the early '90s I had already grown out of wanting to read comic book tales based on the adventures of Indiana Jones, and as a consequence I never read them.

Having read these stories for the first time, it was probably a good thing I didn't read them when they were originally published. The artwork is rather crude, the scripts are all very similar and in all honesty they are really only a slight step up from the Marvel comics.

Another rather disappointing aspect is the really poor use of humour. Indy's quips just don't feel right and are a little over done. In fact, the very first panel of the first story has a whole string of poor quips which all fall completely flat. Humour is not something this series does very well. Although I have to admit that I laughed quite a lot at the artefact, that looks a little too much like a golden vibrator, in the final tale - even if the humour was unintentional.

Despite these complaints, I did rather enjoy reading these original stories - even if they were a little below par in all aspects. Indiana Jones fans will no doubt find them an interesting diversion until the new film is released.


Pete Boomer

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