Review: Legenderry: A Steampunk Adventure #3
Fleeing the Big City, Magna Spadarossa boards The Victory, a magnificent commercial airship under the command of Captain Victory himself, with intent of journeying to the great city of Landing. However, her plans quickly go awry as she learns that the assassins after her have also found passage, along with beasts unlike any she has ever known! And who is this Six Thousand Dollar Man …?
The story that takes some of your favorite Dynamite characters and gives them a steampunk twist returns this week in the pages of Legenderry: A Steampunk Adventure #3 by Bill Willingham and artist Sergio Fernandez Davila. Wes Hartman handles colors with Rob Steen providing lettering. The first two installments were rip-roaring adventures, so is the third time still a charm?
The mysterious Magna Spadarossa has been smuggled out of the city and placed aboard the airship The Victory, piloted by the dashing Captain Victory. When the ship makes a stop on The Island to pick up an odd fellow named Dr. Moreau, strange things start happening. Magna has repeatedly denied the Captain’s requests to dine at his table, but when she finally accepts, her appearance sets a series of explosive actions into motion. Luckily there’s a Major Steve Austin and his friend Oscar Goldman aboard. They’re transporting some cargo worth six thousand dollars that may come in quite handy. Why is everyone after Magna Spadarossa in the first place? While there are strong and capable men on board the ship, do they stand any chance against some rather beastly pieces of cargo?
Willingham writes another fast-paced and solid story. The various characters from the plethora of properties he has borrowed from are introduced and woven into the story in a smart and appropriate way. Steve Austin does seem to be relegated to a smaller cameo, but it is an important one. Willingham has a good grasp on the characters, though the story structure does introduce us to a new band each issue. Davila’s art is very detailed and fits well with the steampunk setting. He has created some fantastic visuals for the series as a whole, and the six Thousand Dollar Man is no exception. Some of the character’s faces are a little smoother and less detailed than previous issues though. It’s only in a handful of panels, so it’s not a major knock. Hartman’s colors are bright and lively. He really brings the pieces of machinery and fantastical creatures and characters to life.
Bottom Line: Legenderry is a fun adventure that people with even the scantiest of knowledge about the various characters getting the steampunk treatment can enjoy. It’s a fun story that still has a very gripping mystery at the center of it. We get a good clue as to where next month’s story takes place, and I for one can’t wait. 4/5
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