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Mike Reyes, aka Mr. Controversy, has considered himself a writer ever since he was a child. He wrote for various school publications from about 1995 until 2006, and currently runs both The Bookish Kind and Mr. Controversy, which is an offshoot of the regular column he wrote in High School. He's also authored several short stories such as "The Devil's Comedian", "The Devil v. George W. Bush", and most recently "Wait Until Tomorrow". He resides in New Jersey. Any inquiries for reprinting, writing services, or general contact, should be forwarded to: michaelreyes72@hotmail.com

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Comic Break! - "Indiana Jones and the Spear of Destiny" by Elaine Lee, Will Simpson, and Dan Spiegle

Every now and then, I need a break from the typical literary format. And what better way to reward my eyes after a haul of reading massive amounts of text, than to read moderat amounts of text with full color pictures! Behold, a Comic Break!

Out of all the Indiana Jones stories, movies, and games that have come out of the entire series' canon, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade has been and always will be my most favorite of them all. My father exposed me to the films when I was a kid, so naturally when Indiana Jones's father came into the picture I took to the element of father and son adventuring together. That, and Sean Connery was the perfect choice to play Professor Henry Jones Sr., a role that required a balance of wit and action that he was all too used to after all of the years he'd played the role of James Bond. Naturally, when I heard that Sean Connery wasn't coming back for what would eventually become Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, I felt gypped. The awesome dynamic that was just introduced in Last Crusade was out the window for Crystal Skull. (By the way, bitch move killing Indy's dad off, George. Marcus Brody is sadly no longer with us, but Henry Jones Sr. could have rode off into the sunset or something.)

While Indiana Jones and the Spear of Destiny wasn't exactly the cure-all for said feeling of being gypped, it sure did help ease the sting. In this adventure, Indy and his Dad are after the pieces to the Spear of Destiny - the spear that was used to stab Jesus Christ on the cross. As all artifacts that came into his posession during his final hours, it has mystical powers...powers that the Nazis would just love to get their hands on. Throw in the usual comedic, action packed adventures and lengthy exposition on history; and you've got an Indy serial!

What's probably the best part about an Indiana Jones comic book is that when you read it, you feel like it could have been a serial from the 1930's that inspired George Lucas to write the original trilogy. This "full circle" concept only bolsters the final product and Indiana Jones's place in serial history, and it makes for some pretty cool cliffhangers at the end of the first three books. It's an easy read that can be knocked off in one sitting, and it's an extremely enjoyable effort.

Make no mistake: this is a fun book and it's high on action. Unfortunately the action is so high, the story tends to be rather thin on detail. This felt like it could have been a deleted subplot or a level in one of the video games as opposed to a stand alone story. The Nazis are typical, power hungry Nazis with the typical Nazi motivation to be evil, powerful Nazis. It's all rather one dimensional, and compared to the films I'd take the films any day. This leaves you with a read too quick for a wait in the dentist's office, and leaves us wishing that there were at least four more issues after it. Indiana Jones and the Spear of Destiny is fun enough of a read if you separate it from the films. Otherwise, it just seems like someone keeps skipping over the story parts to the action parts; which leaves out two important aspects to what makes the Indiana Jones saga fun: character development and comedy.

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