Writer: Dan Slott
Artists: Francis Manapul, Kevin Conrad and Jay Leisten(i), Brian Buccellato(c)
Dan Slott writes easily the best issue of the Lara Croft: Tomb Raider series. I realize that's not saying much, but there it is.
Slott provides a tour of the cases never covered in Tomb Raider, and quite frankly, each vignette is better than every issue of the series. Slott's choice of legends and history to explore are clever and inventive. Just the idea of a certain completed symphony exhibits more creativity than the other forty-nine issues.
Slott's characterization for Lara Croft comes the closest to matching the Angelina Jolie version in the highly recommended Cradle of Life. He even peppers her dialogue with much more fluid Brit-slang and considers her word choice. As well, Slott's generation of a sparkling personality for Lara contrasts the two-dimensions that writers usually exhibit for her.
The conclusion its clues buried among the episodes engages with a spark that just so easily exceeds everything that was previously covered in this ultimately boobie-based series.
Artistically Tom Raider has always suffered, but Witchblade's Francis Manapul although opting for a more cartoony outrageous look to the adventuress still outshines every other anatomically challenged artist that has polluted the panels.
This final issue and Fiona Avery's Tomb Raider: Arabian Knights gives a reason for the comic book title to exist. Hopefully, when Lara returns to comic books, the writers and artists will think of her as a character rather than a set of sarcophagi meant to attract boys and lesbians not yet old enough to legally buy Playboy.
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