Review: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad #4

btmr004aThe expansion of Disney and Marvel into the fictionalization of Disney theme park rides might seem like a strange undertaking, but it has worked effectively in this series.  It tells the story of Abigail Bullion and her sometimes corrupt, sometimes naive father, who also happens to be the owner of the Big Thunder Mountain gold mine.  As Abigail is introduced to this world she learns of the adventure associated with it, but also of the injustices which seem to take place there.  The workers are mistreated and the mountain itself seems ready to make a stand of its own.

In the previous issue Abigail became a full-fledged train robber as she understood just how bad it was for the workers in the town.  The stolen gold was going towards the provision of goods that were otherwise unobtainable, and she realized that her father was misguided at best in his endeavor.  This issue follows directly on those developments, but goes about it in a less engaging way, as the various character and plot elements seem to diverge as Abigail is involved in another train heist, and as her associates go about their own pursuits.  Equally her father is ready to open the mine again, despite his hesitation to do so, which allows him to be framed less as the villain and more as an unsuspecting dupe.

Thus far this has been one of the most entertaining titles to come out of Marvel in a long while despite being off almost everyone’s radar.  As it stands though this penultimate issue misfires almost as much as it succeeds, with a clunkier story telling than the previous issues.  Small details like Abbey, who otherwise just arrived to this world, becoming a master markswoman capable of shooting the hats off of people riding on top of trains seem silly in comparison to the rest of the story.  The fun ride thus far will mean that this is a must read for those that have bothered to expand their reading list a bit beyond the ordinary, but with this mediocre issue it seems like the finale will determine the overall quality of this series.

Story: Dennis Hopeless Art: Tigh Walker and Guillermo Mogorron
Story: 7.8 Art: 7.8 Overall: 7.8 Recommendation: Read