Rough Riders Issue #1 a review
“History or something like it.”
Publisher: Aftershock Comics
Writer: Adam Glass
Artist: Patrick Olliffe
Colorist: Gabe Eltaeb
Letterer: Sal Cipriano
Cover Patrick Olliffe and Gabe Eltaeb
“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.”-Teddy Roosevelt
One of my Favorite historical figures is Teddy Roosevelt, his adventures seemed to be larger than life, I’ve always felt that there should be a comic/graphic novel for the adventures of Teddy Roosevelt. So when I heard that aftershock comics were going to be releasing a comic with everyone’s favorite Rough Rider, I had to check it out. I can honestly say I was not disappointed.
So the story begins with Teddy Roosevelt, saving a group of women from a fire, it seems young Teddy is a vigilante saving people at night and a politician by day. We see a group of men known as the Four Horsemen (Carnegie, Vanderbilt, Rockefeller, and J.P.-(Morgan I think) with a situation which could cause a World Wide Hysteria that requires Roosevelt’s skills. To complete the task Roosevelt goes to seek a group with remarkable/top skill sets. We see the start of Roosevelt’s recruiting trip by seeking out Boxer Jack Johnson or the muscle of the group. The issue ends with Jack Johnson and Roosevelt going to recruit another member Harry Houdini.
Rough Riders is brilliant, well written well-paced action-adventure story featuring Teddy Roosevelt and some of the greatest historical figures to fight off a situation near Cuba that could set off worldwide panic. Adam Glass does a great job with the story I cannot wait to see how this story unfolds, what awaits the Rough Riders in their adventure to save the world. Pat Olliffe’s artwork is vibrant, brilliant and Olliffe nailed the look of each historical figure in Rough Riders Issue 1. Gabe Eltaeb’s vivacious and effervescent colors make the images pop and enhance the artwork of Pat Ollifee. The cover is brilliant and looks like an old timey photo come to life. The story reminds me of a League of Extraordinary Gentleman but with an original take on history. This book feels like an amazing adventure and can’t wait to see where this adventure takes us next. If you haven’t, pick up Issue 1 and Issue 2 will be released this Wednesday NCBD May 4.
If you like adventure, historical figures, saving the world with brilliant artwork and great story telling check out Rough Riders from Aftershock Comics
The Geeked Gods score 9/10
Don’t forget to pick up issue 2 this Wednesday, May 4
All images credit Patrick Olliffe and Aftershock Comics