Rough Riders: Riders On The Storm #1 – Review
Writer & creator: Adam Glass
Artist: Patrick Olliffe
Colorist: Gabe Eltaeb
Publisher: Aftershock Comics
Rough Riders was one of the bright stars in a successful 2016 for Aftershock Comics. it was lauded by fans and critics and even named Comic Of The Year by TFAW.com. The much anticipated sequel, Rough Riders: Riders On The Storm brings the entire creative team back for more alternate history adventures for Teddy Roosevelt and his team of patriot celebrities.
It’s 1901. A few years have passed and Rough Riders Jack Johnson, Harry Houdini, Annie Oakley and Thomas Edison have all gone separate ways and achieved their own individual notoriety. Roosevelt, now Vice President of the United States, seems to be languishing in relative obscurity. That is, until President William McKinley is shot and wounded at the World Exposition in New York City. Now the Rough Riders must mount up again.
This issue focuses on the bringing together of the group. Nothing is yet revealed about why Roosevelt is specifically reuniting his team, but one can be assured that something far deeper than an anarchist shooting the President is going on. Adam Glass is expert in bringing these characters out of the dry pages of history and giving us his interpretation of the kind of people they were and how each one’s abilities mesh with the others. As in the first series, the writing is crisp and the dialog a satisfying blend of modern and early twentieth century vernacular. And though nothing much significant happens in this first issue, I don’t think readers can expect a “slow burn” with this story.
Patrick Olliffe’s art is exactly as it was in the first series, leaning strongly toward a realism that seems not only appropriate, but necessary in portraying historic characters. Smaller panels often overlay a wider half or full page rendering to good effect. The art blends seamlessly with the script, making for an enjoyable read. Gabe Eltaeb’s colors are vivid and satisfying.
Rough Riders: Riders On The Storm is off to a good start. Once again blending historical fact with the fanciful. That cannot be an easy task to achieve, but the track record of this creative team is there, and I expect they will deliver admirably once again. Highly recommended.