Like many who have read JRR Tolkien’s books over the years, I was elated by the fact that the books were being made into movies. The last time I remembered seeing them onscreen was Ralph Bakshi’s somewhat adequate animated films back in the 1970s. I had hope that new realization of the books, and live-action one at that, would serve Tolkien’s vision best.
Peter Jackson of course delivered giving book fans and film fans the heroes they grew up reading and a new set of protagonists to root for. My favorite Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers, was where our heroes gain an ally by helping them regain their kingdom. What was so dazzling about the film was the major battle that takes place. It was one that would set precedent for every medieval battle on film since. In the second issue of The Surgeon, Faron must help the Fort fight off this band of marauders.
We find, Doc Jenny Hanover, fortified behind Tuttle Island’s gates, ones that she does not know their battle worthiness yet. As she stands her ground, she singlehandedly takes out the majority of the hoard, leaving one barely alive and hanging half limp off his horse. As both sides regroup and recoup, Jenny realizes just how unready most of the Fort is for such a fight. By the issue’s end, the marauders have breached the walls, and everyone’s fate becomes that much more uncertain.
Overall, a pulse-pounding second issue that becomes more interesting with each page turn. The story by John Pence is exciting. The art by the creative team is simply stunning. Altogether, a story that simply rocks.
Story: John Pence Art: Zack Dolan, Laurie Foster, Everardo Orozco, and Erek Foster
Story: 10 Art:10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy