TOMB RAIDER ARABIAN
Copyright 2004 www.tombraiderchronicles.com
[ August 2nd 2004 ]
Nights proves that if given a writer rather than
a hack and if given an artist rather than a doodler
fond of blow-up dolls, Tomb Raider could not only
be a good comic book but a great comic book. Fiona
Avery writes Lara Croft as supremely confident
and as an effective non-powered super-hero. Despite
the lack of physical resemblance, Avery's Lara
often recalls Angelina's Lara from the big-screen.
and Billy Tan bestows a much needed sense of poise
and class to the character missing from her regular
adventures. She looks like any old clod-hopper
in her series, but here she looks distinctive
and moves distinctively. She behaves in a fashion
that figures with her history, and when she speaks,
she commands attention.
places Lara in an original setting that has old
roots, and the plot grows in complexity when the
reader meets the populace of the story. The interaction
of the cast keeps the reader involved, and when
Lara must contend with the big bad, Ms. Avery
takes another twist to make the battle memorable.
Lara's victory depends upon brain not brawn. Mr.
Tan's painting simply makes this adventure stand
out. He creates an evocative setting filled with
period detail, and fans of female super-heroes
will be ecstatic that Billy Tan's Lara does not
appear to be a hyper-tanned escapee from a silicone
more delicate medium gives Lara natural flesh
tones and a lighter look. Needless to say, her
proportion gives her a natural look, and while
on occasion painted stories appear static, Tan's
work instills Lara with fluid motion. In summary,
beautiful and thoughtful.