Writer – Otto Binder
Artist – Jack Sparling
One day, Mindor and Sharmaine decide to visit Samson at his home, a house which is located at the top of a very ancient tree and for the most part the visit goes well, that is until Mikki, the chief of the Undermen arrives looking for help. Strange invaders have decided to attack and by themselves, the Undermen are not enough to push them back. Samson decides to go it alone on this one and so he and Mikki head on down underground where Samson sees a horde of Gnarly men. With some quick thinking and a bit of brute strength, the invading force is pushed back and the Undermen saved. But why did the Gnarly Men attack in the first place and will they do so again? It is a question the companions mean to answer and so they head to the former Rockefeller Center where the Gnarly Men dwell and discover that they are being forced out of their homes due to the air conditioning and ventilation system having been shut down. This particular tale once again lets Mindor shine for just a little bit as it requires both Samson’s very definable talents and the brains of his friend who needs to get the air system running again if the day is to be saved. Not only do their own fates rest on Mindor succeeding but those tribes whom the Gnarly Men would displace and most likely kill in looking for a new home. Binder and artist Jack Sparling do a great job at making it a lot of fun, not only giving readers a new threat to face but some new creatures to face as well, the monsters always being one of the best parts of the book. The creative team not only introduces new characters and creatures but gives readers a new part of N’Yark to feast their eyes upon, that being Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall which expands the areas where the companions have been in the city. While this was a good story, it does not exactly break the mould where Binder and this series are concerned as there have been similar tales in the series before this. It would be nice to see some more out-of-the-box situations like some of those that have been featured in the book already – natural disasters, the man out of time scenario and so on. Altogether though, repetitive or not, Mighty Samson remains a fun read.
3.5 out of 5
Issue by Issue – Mighty Samson #16
Writer – Otto Binder