Saturday, December 8, 2012
Comic Review: Lord of the Jungle #10
Let's just jump in shall we?
When we last left off, Tarzan and D'Arnot had lost the elusive Rokoff at a party at the Count DeCoude's house. They find him, but during the stand off and struggle Rokoff manages to get away with the valuable pages that lead to Opar. After a heart to heart with Paul, Tarzan agrees to return to Africa and stop Rokoff from finding the fabled lost city. Rokoff however has taken on a new identity and some new traveling companions-Jane Porter and Cecil Clayton. Tarzan isn't too far behind though as he meets a tribe that can possibly lead him to Opar but will have to prove himself to gain their trust.
As you can tell from this overview, a lot of the second book has been eliminated, condensing Tarzan's time in Paris and his meeting the Waziri along with giving Rokoff an actual goal compared to just causing mischief as he does in the novel. While this might cause some grumbling, especially compared to how faithful he's been to the Barsoom books in the Warlord of Mars series, Arvid Nelson still delivers a good, fast paced read. If anything the plot of an outsider trying to find Opar and its vaults of gold was used by Burroughs himself in both Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar and Golden Lion so I don't have a problem with this change to the story.
I'll just give my usual glowing notice for Roberto Castro's artwork. Seriously how many times can I say how great it looks and how well he captures the look of Tarzan?
Fans of Tarzan and old fashioned pulp adventures will enjoy this issue, a great combination of art and writing that manages to capture the reader and pay homage to Burroughs' style and sense of excitement and fun. What more do you want?