The GeeksverseUncharted #1

Uncharted #1
Published on Thursday, December 1, 2011 by

Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Joshua Williamson
Penciled by: Sergio Sandoval
Inked by: Pol Gas
Colored by: Ikari Studio
Lettered by: Saida Temofonte
Cover Art: A- Tony Harris; B- Adam Hughes
Associate Editor: Kristy Quinn
Editor: Ben Abernathy

I’ve never played any of the Uncharted video games. So why did I pick this up? The Indiana Jones/Tomb Raider aspect of it got me interested and thought it might make a good comic.

And it does.

The premise translates well into the comic book medium. The story itself doesn’t give us much information on Nathan Drake, assuming that we’d be familiar with him from the games. That’s a slight negative because not everyone will be coming to this from the game, people like me will be coming looking for an interesting comic. The only thing we learn about him is that he’s the descendant of Sir Francis Drake and he works with someone named Victor Sullivan. That’s it. For the most part, that’s enough. Where he comes from doesn’t really affect this story, but it is something that would have been nice to fill us in on to help develop the character.

I liked the old Tomb Raider comic from Top Cow and this reminds me alot of that. And that’s a good thing. There’s a feeling of fun and recklessness to the story with just the right dash of mysteriousness.

Williamson does a great job with the pacing, opening with a scene from the near future then going back to show us how he got there. It’s a device that gets used alot, but Williamson uses it for good effect. The story could have dragged in the middle, it slows down considerably from the opener, but Williamson does enough with the script and using the personalities of Sully and Drake to carry the reader through what could have been the dull part.

Overall the story works well as a comic. The characters are developed enough and the mystery is intriguing enough that it’ll make the reader come back for more.

The real joy of this comic book though is the work of Sergio Sandoval. Where did this guy come from?

It’s pretty top notch work. He’s got a solid grasp of the technical aspects of penciling, handling the talking head scenes and the action scenes with equal skill. The last page is really good. The only negative I could find with his work was that some of the male characters started to blend together and look alike in the face.

Uncharted #1 receives
4 out of 5

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