Title: Riders on the Storm | Series: Rough Riders Vol #2 | Writer: Adam Glass | Illustrator: Patrick Olliffe | Publisher: Aftershock Comics | Pub. Date: 2017-11-8 | Pages: 144 | Genre: Alternate History Science Fiction | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 3 out of 5 | Source: I received a copy of this book from Netgalley for review consideration
Rough Riders, Vol 2: Riders on the Storm
Collecting all six issues of the Riders on the Storm arc!
Three years have passed since the Rough Riders last adventure, but when an assassins’ bullet takes President William McKinley’s life, Vice President, Theodore Roosevelt is thrust into the role of Commander in Chief. As a country mourns the loss of their leader, Roosevelt believes that the assassin is part of a bigger conspiracy, ones whose tentacles reach back to Europe and whose intentions are to destroy humanity through world-wide ANARCHY.
To stop them Roosevelt must convince Harry Houdini, Jack Johnson, Thomas Edison and a surprisingly very alive Annie Oakley to band together again. But time has strained the bonds that once united them and the ideologies of their enemies may have already seeped into one of their own.
Created and written by Adam Glass (executive producer of Supernatural and writer of Suicide Squad) with art by Patrick Olliffe (Untold Tales of Spider-Man). – Goodreads
Rough Riders, Vol 2: Riders on the Storm Review
Even though there had been several books between me experiencing Rough Riders Vol 1 and Vol 2, I found myself quickly remembering how much I liked some of the characters, and laughing at the dialogue. And, of course, anticipating a certain one’s return – which I was given rather swiftly. However, unfortunately, I feel like this one had a serious case of try-too-hard-itis going on. While I loved a lot of the action and the witty repartee between Annie and the rest of the Rough Riders was awesome, the repeated twists and turns of the plot had me sighing.
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.
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