Artist: Loston Wallace, Michael Youngblood, Olli Hihnala
Cover Artist: Darwyn Cooke
The Sexy & Temptascious Plot
In its creator-owned tradition, Image gives room for another new superhero slot within their ranks. Lorna: Relic Wrangler spoofs some of the more popular fan-boy icons of today. (cough..Laura Croft…cough) In this one shot adenture, Lorna is tasked with capturing an entity which has manifested in this relic which sits atop a temple of wisdom in some exotic region of the world. Little does she know that her old high school nemesis, Posh Meow, is also trying to get her paws on the relic. It’s a race to see if Lorna will finally beat her arch enemy, or if history will repeat itself.
My Awe-Inspiring Opinion
In an attempt to support the independent writers a little more consistently, I decided to give this one-shot a try. As I left the store with my merchandise, one of the owners of the store told me “don’t take it too seriously. If you do, you won’t enjoy it.” I’m not entirely certain I could ever take a comic book with a title like “Relic Wrangler” seriously no matter how hard I try, but I took his advice anyway. An honestly, I was pleasantly surprised!
I read this issue shortly after seeing the film “Sucker Punch” and came to the conclusion that women who kick has and look good while doing it have become the popular trend these days. But not only that, Lorna has this “bratz” look but with a mature stature to her. This is the made-up girlfriend everyone fan-boy wants to date at some point in their life.
Lorna is constantly monitored by a group of perverted secret-agent men who want more than to simply monitor the blonde bombshell. But even with her sexiness, charm, and cute demeanor, she doesn’t allow any man to walk all over her just because she wears exceptionally tight fighting apparel.
Everyone who reads this book should expect a large amount corny dialog stringed with hokey storytelling devices and plot progressions. So if the story is to cheesy to go along with your wine, then move on to the next best thing, but no doubt this comic is worth it’s $3.99 price mark. (Yes, Image is not drawing any lines.)
If anything, you should pick up this comic for the incredibly awesome Darwyn Cooke cover. Cooke, whose work has been portrayed in titles such as the Spirit and numerous other DC titles, embodies everything this book is about; demons, guns, sex appeal, and old abandoned tombs. Clearly, Cooke was the right man for the job.
Lorna: Relic Wrangler spilts off into three separate storylines, with one main story and two minor ones following. While all three stories are well written (as they are all written by the same person) the artwork in the second two stories doesn’t live up to the first. This is an odd statement to make because each style is great in and of itself, but for this particular comic, the art from the first story fits Lorna’s kick-ass motif a lot better.
My Majestically Climactic Conclusion
Overall, I’m glad I picked up this book; it’s nice to read a comic that doesn’t take itself too seriously. And even though you’ll be paying $4 bucks for this issue, I would recommend stopping after the first story because the artwork for the nest two will bring the story telling down a few notches.
And as way of giving you a taste of the sexy nature of the book, enjoy the following picture parade. Click on each image to enlarge…