Tomb Raider: The Merlin Stone – Dan Jurgens

This volume contains two complete stories. You don’t need to have read the previous volume in order to follow this but are assumed to know who Lara Croft is as there is very little explanation or character development.

The stories are quite fantastical and overpopulated with mixed mythology leaving them a little confused. Arthurian legend AND dinosaurs. Really? They aren’t particularly taxing or innovative but pass the time.

Despite being traditionally a loner Lara is constantly joined by old school teachers, long lost friends and the ubiquitous love interest. These characters never really get to develop or even make much of a contribution. The love interest is a double edged sword tempering her female independence but humanising her aloof persona.

The art is fine and other than the odd bath scene there is nothing to get excited about. There was one instance of a speech bubble going to the wrong character and the usual mangling of British characters by American writers.

It could certainly be better but it could also have been a lot worse. Only because I am a fan do I give it a Thumbs Up!

186/179.

Tomorrow: Ultra – The Luna Brothers

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