Lost City Explorers #2 Review: Teen Angst Adventure

Lost City Explorers #2 Review: Teen Angst Adventure

Posted by July 31, 2018 Comment

Lost City Explorers #2
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Writer: Zack Kaplan, Artist: Alvaro Sarraseca, Color Artist: Dee Cunniffe, Letters: A Larger World Studios' Troy Peteri, Cover by: Rafael de la Torre and Marcelo Maiolo, Logo Designer: Dylan Todd, Production: Charles Pritchett, Editor: Mike Marts, Publisher: AfterShock, Release Date: Out Now, Price: $3.99

Helena is trying to convince her brother and her friends that their father isn’t dead and was working on a massive exploration project for Sagan Labs. She thinks he was on the trail of Atlantis, and, understandably, Homer and the others are apprehensive. Despite that, she convinces them that they need to investigate their father’s computer, which Sagan Labs now has. Homer recruits a computer genius friend named Edwin, and the young team sneaks into Sagan Labs to access that computer.

Lost City Explorers #2 cover by Rafael de la Torre and Marcelo Maiolo
Lost City Explorers #2 cover by Rafael de la Torre and Marcelo Maiolo

Lost City Explorers #2 is still dripping in teen angst and…I don’t really hate that fact. I think the world needs teen angst to keep the older generations cogent and on their toes.

One thing the comic could use is more self-awareness regarding Helena. It touches on the idea, but Helena is literally arguing that her believed-to-be-dead father was on the trail of Atlantis. That sounds like someone having a really hard time coping with the death of a loved one. Homer and one of the Sagan reps imply that this is someone dealing with grief badly, but both are framed as jerks in doing so.

That said, the comic is a good “teens on an adventure” read, and it’s pacing is actually quite solid, not leaving you waiting on something interesting to happen for very long.

Lost City Explorers #2 art by Alvaro Sarraseca and Dee Cunniffe
Lost City Explorers #2 art by Alvaro Sarraseca and Dee Cunniffe

Alvaro Sarraseca’s artwork is of a highly detailed and well-textured style. It has a sleekness to it that grants an energetic and youthful feel to match the characters and story. Plus, it just looks really good. Dee Cunniffe gives a dimmer color palette which honestly matches the teen angst vibe running through the book really well.

Lost City Explorers #2 gets the adventure started quickly and rides a wave of angsty teens, pain of loss, and thrill of exploration to a pretty good comic. The characters leave a little to be desired, but they’re not bad or dull. This one earns a recommendation. Check it out.

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About Joshua Davison

Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.

(Last Updated July 31, 2018 3:27 pm )

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