The GeeksverseMighty Samson #1

Mighty Samson #1
Published on Thursday, December 16, 2010 by

Published by: Dark Horse Comics
Written by: Jim Shooter and J.C. Vaughn
Art by: Patrick Olliffe
Colored by: Dan Jackson
Lettered by: Blambot
Associate Editor: Samantha Robertson
Editor: Chris Warner
Covers: A- Raymond Swanland; B- Patrick Olliffe w/ Dan Jackson

The fourth and last of Shooter’s relaunch/reimagining of the classic Gold Key characters. I had never heard of this one before. I wonder why he wasn’t part of the Valiant relaunch years back, like the others were.

Samson takes place 500 years in the future, in a post-apocalyptic world. Samson is a “cursed” one, born with super strength, and born into the N’yark tribe on the Island of Broken Towers. They are at war with the Jerz tribe from across the water. The Jerz take and demand tribute from the N’yark tribe.

This story spans about 19 years, from when Samson is born and his mother has to run away, to when he returns. The same events occur on both days, the Jerz tribe is attacking and demanding more tribute.

The story suffers the same as the rest of Shooter’s Gold Key books, the pacing is off. The ground work is interesting, but there are parts here and there that just interupt the overall flow of the story. Samson’s reactions to Zarsk and what happens don’t ring true. It seems forced. Considering that Samson was rised by a hidden temple of scholars, his reactions seem more like one raised by a tribe of warriors not scholars. The whole part about getting the tribute back from the retreating Jerz tribe doesn’t work either. The pacing is just off on the whole thing.

The story just doesn’t flow well. Parts of it seemed forced. None of Warlord Richter’s parts work. There’s too much happens in too few pages.

Olliffe’s art is excellant. The pages don’t flow as smooth as others I’ve seen from him, but I think that’s more a fault of the script then his abilities. He draws the post apocalyptic world in great detail, with enough landmarks and recognizable things (like the subway), to remind us that this is what our world could become.

Mighty Samson receives
3.5 out of 5

Decent premise but the pacing and structure of the story hurts it.

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