Writer – Steve Bryant
Artist – Steve Bryant with Jim Nelson
Publisher – Action Lab
Review by Jeremias de Leon
Athena Voltaire and the Volcano Goddess trade paperback covers Athena’s adventures involving a Hawaiian artifact, the Nazis following her and the movie star who tagged along for the adventure. It’s a throwback to classic pulp stories and adventure serials of the period of the 30s, 40s and 50s. What comes to mind the most is Doc Savage but there’s plenty more influences that one can point out while reading.
As for the characters Athena is definitely far from standard female characters of that time. She can handle herself exceptionally well. She doesn’t back down from anyone but unlike some other comics where a strong woman character also comes off as angry or crude, she has likability on top of her strength and wits.
The art is a modern refinement of the classic art style of the old pulp magazines of the day. What comes to mind particularly are the covers of these old magazines. Though during some of the action scenes the art seems to not quite have the impact it should have. The blows don’t seem like they are doing the damage they’re supposed to do to these characters.
The little grievance with the art aside this book is highly enjoyable. There’s plenty of charm, adventure, and yes action with this trade paperback. There’s also these great pieces where the author goes into the elements of the story and it’s inspirations. Athena Voltaire and the Volcano Goddess Trade Paperback gets a 9 out of 10