Issue by Issue – Mighty Samson #9

Writer – Otto Binder
Artist – Jack Sparling

Much like they always do, Samson and his friends, Mindor and Sharmaine are out scavenging when they come across the entrance to a subway tunnel. Curiosity leads them to board the train they find within and thanks to a little preservation and the atomic battery that must power it and the station, they find themselves being whisked away to Washinton, D.C. Alson the way, they have to take care of a monster who also hitched a ride but the hot meal that was automatically prepared for them more than made up for the inconvenience. Author Otto Binder while changing up locales for the issue, also brings back Queen Terra of Jerz who happens to be out for purposes of her own. So it is that she stops and finds an old robot that used to protect the president back in the past and it is a robot that still functions quite well. To that effect she decides to send it after Samson and for the bulk of the story, readers will see said robot and the hero of the title battling it out with neither one really getting the upper hand. While all of this is going on, the famous landmarks of the are showcased, all of them in surprisingly good condition considering what happened to the rest of the world, even some things like the mint still up and running and printing new money on a consistent basis even though there is nobody around to spend it. While there are some logic problems that arise while reading this book, one has to remember not to take it too seriously as Binder himself does just that. The man writes a fun tale and he always manages to make it both interesting and exciting at the same time with this story being no different. The robot is definitely a nice change of villain and even though Terra has been seen a few times, she adds both a bit of familiarity to it all not to mention a bit of unintentional humour as she wants to both get rid of Samson and be with him at the same time. Jack Sparling continues to provide the artwork which remains a nice continuation of that offered by Frank Thorne before him if not slightly more polished thereby not only making it read well but look good too. The book also sports a new feature called Mighty Samson’s Mutant Monsters which looks at the various creatures which inhabit this post-apocalyptic future, an added bit of fun for readers who enjoy the title. Altogether, another great issue.

4 out of 5

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