American Mythology Productions 2020
Written by Mike Wolfer
Illustrated by Alessandro Ranaldi
Coloured by ARthur Hesli
Lettered by Natalie Jane
This astounding mini-series organically merges two different worlds in a story of action, intrigue, and prehistoric adventure that will have you cheering and on the edge of your seat! Set before the events of the original novel The Land That Time Forgot, Italian explorer Fausto Caproni leads an expedition to rediscover the fabled island continent of Caprona, first discovered by his grandfather but lost in the mists of time. On the eve of his embarkment from the port of La Reina de Los Angeles, Caproni has secured funding for his voyage from the Spanish government, as well as from the wealthy de la Vega family. But with a detachment of Spanish soldiers set to accompany Caproni, Don Diego de la Vega detects a nefarious plot. Diego-who is secretly the swashbuckling hero, El Zorro-stows away aboard the ship, and once they reach Caprona, Fausto, his sister Marina, the crew of the galleon Redenzione, the Spanish soldiers, and Zorro himself will find themselves thrust into a nightmare world of rampaging dinosaurs and prehistoric beasts that still roam in a land that time forgot!
Whether you are a die-hard fan of Edgar Rice-Burroughs or not this is going to excite you. Just the thought of finding that place where dinosaurs roam and has this mystique to it that comes with the unknown not to mention some adrenaline rushing danger makes me giddy with excitement.
I am a huge fan of the way that this is being told. How the story & plot development we see through how the sequence of events unfold as well as how the reader learns information moves the story forward beautifully. I do like the fact that we see Don Diego as we do since we know who he is and that Caproni is brought to us as his friend or ally with the judgement of Commander Monastario thrown in. This opening and the conversation they have is bloody brilliant and sets up what we are going to see perfectly. The character development is amazing to see as things play out here and Mike knows and loves these characters and it shows. The pacing is perfect and as it takes us through the pages revealing the story, the twists and turns along the way we get this absolutely delightful experience.
I do love the interiors here. The linework is magnificent and I love seeing the strength and control through the varying weights and how we see the details emerge. Yes I want more backgrounds, I always do, but honestly with the innovative way we see the page layouts being worked and the angles and perspective in the panels more than make up for the lack thereof. What we do see is this amazing eye for storytelling and that ship, Redenzione, is beautifully, mindbogglingly gorgeous is its detail. The colour work is beautiful. Seeing the white in the cresting waves is sublime. How we see the various hues and tones within the colours being utilised to create the shading, highlights and shadow work are exquisitely rendered.
If you are looking for one of the most interesting and unique experiences then this is where you need to be looking. Mike has this structured incredibly well and the layering within the story is beautifully worked through. It feels exciting, fresh and new and yet we know the properties and we know what they are capable of and yet here we are. A wonderful start to a new beginning in the world of Edgar Rice-Burroughs and it is going to be an extraordinary journey. American Mythology Productions should be on your reading list, I mean everything they put out just a blanket pull. Trust me.