- Series: Rough Riders
- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Aftershock Comics (November 28, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1935002813
- ISBN-13: 978-1935002819
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.3 x 10.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,391,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rough Riders Volume 2: Riders on the Storm Paperback – November 28, 2017
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Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders are now an elite group of (somewhat reluctant) government agents. There is Harry Houdini, Thomas Edison, boxer Jack Johnson, Annie Oakley, and New York gangster Edward "Monk" Eastman (I had to look him up - apparently he was quite famous and notorious in his time). After President McKinley is shot TR reassembles the group to assist in putting down a group of masked assasins overseen by a mysterious man in the shadows... Action, adventure, and intrigue ensue! Plus wisecracking, a lot of wisecracking between our heroes.
I loved this book! The art is great, the characters are fully formed, the whole thing makes for freewheeling fun. I particularly liked the interplay between Houdini and Jack Johnson who have kind of a buddy cop/bro-mance thing going on.
While this volume works very well as a standalone I got the definite sense that a few of the twists and surprises would have had far more impact if I had been familiar with the previous book.
*** Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me the opportunity to read and review Rough Riders Volume 2: Riders on the Storm
My main problem with Rough Riders, Vol 2: Riders on the Storm were the parallels to America today. I read to escape, so finding myself plunging into a version of our current situation had me wrinkling my nose. And from a certain word to the characters that were obvious stand-ins for some of our politicians in office today, it was impossible to not see the similarities. However, the dialogue between the Rough Riders about democracy, anarchy, and frustration with the system was very plainly put and easy to relate to. And the end of this issue, well, let's just say it was believable as well. So while I didn't like that aspect of things, I still appreciated how the writer laid things out. I do want to comment on a lot more than I currently am, simply because I lack the skill to get my point across.
The other thing is that while I can suspend quite a lot of belief in logic and abilities in search of a good story, Rough Riders Vol 2: Riders on the Storm, just had a few too many cases where I felt like it was pushing the envelope of realism a bit too far. There was a scene in particular involving one of the characters and four horses that had me rolling my eyes.
My favorite line comes from Roosevelt in the first issue (#8) of Riders on the Storm. It's just an awesome insult.
"For a civil war veteran, I found age and fear had given him the spine of a chocolate eclair."
As for the individual issues themselves, while I liked the The Big Burn (#8), Maiden of the Mist (#12) was the stand-out winner for me. Mostly because I love Annie, in case I haven't mentioned that three times already. Strange Days (#13) was my least favorite of the bunch. Given the way Strange Days ended things, I can't say that I would be interested in picking up any more volumes from the Rough Riders' series.
Overall, just can't recommend this volume, sorry. It had it's high points, but not enough to make it worth spending money on.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Netgalley for review consideration