Issue by Issue – Mighty Samson #14

Writer – Otto Binder
Artist – Jack Sparling

N’Yark has been through a lot over the years, invasions and near-meltdowns being just two examples and so it is no surprise that now it faces an ecological disaster threatening to destroy its main food source – the ocean and the fish therein. So it is that Mindor and Samson along with Sharmaine head on out on a boat to discover just where it is that this gigantic oil spill has originated from and if there is anything they can do to put a stop to it. The trip is not filled without perils of its own as the open water, oily or not, holds terrors beneath it and it is not long before they are attacked by a giant sea creature that threatens to kill Sharmaine. Eventually, after the creature’s defeat, the trio comes across an oil drilling platform that has come back online thanks to some natural tremors in the earth and with a bit of knowledge from Mindor and the brute strength of Samson, it is taken care of and the threat ended. If it is not one thing, it is another and the companions are soon attacked by a barrage of spikes and thus their boat gets torn to shreds and sinks while they make their way to shore. Otto Binder who pens this tale seems intent on packing it as full as he can with obstacles that Samson and his friends must overcome and while they do so, there is always something around the corner looking to take their lives. What follows is a meeting with the locals, another attack from the spikes, finding what has caused the attacks and stopping it while offending those same locals who now look to kill them and more. Binder makes it all very exciting and the pace never lacks for a second, the threats coming fast and furious and not giving anyone a moment of rest. Jack Sparling who continues to illustrate this book, does so incredibly well, the monsters inventive and Samson looking particularly heroic as he moves from one feat to the next. If there is one thing this book could do, it is featuring Sharmaine in a more positive light. Instead of her always being the damsel in distress, it would be nice to see her take the spotlight and save the day – at least once. Altogether a really fun tale that had everything one could ask for.

3.5 out of 5

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