Sam de la Rosa

The Further Adventures of Indiana Jones 13 (January 1984)

22345What a difference a penciller makes… Ricardo Villamonte really doesn’t cut it. Indy’s always got a befuddled look.

Still, Villamonte isn’t responsible for the lame story. Michelinie send Indy out west on a field trip from the university. He and his students are on a dig, he runs awful bad guys. The plot contrivances are lame for even a done-in-one licensed comic; Michelinie wastes all his opportunities.

Michelinie opens with Indy’s female students talking about him being cute. One might think the issue would explore his professional life… But, no, it turns into this boring desert investigation thing with a truly silly explanation.

The comic actually shows the most life when Indy’s on the phone talking with the regular cast. Michelinie tried something new and it clearly didn’t work so much he had to remind the reader it’s not the norm.

It’s too bad, he usually does fine.

CREDITS

Deadly Rock!; writers, Archie Goodwin and David Michelinie; penciller, Ricardo Villamonte; inker, Sam de la Rosa; colorist, Bob Sharen; letterer, Joe Rosen; editor, Louise Jones; publisher, Marvel Comics.

The Further Adventures of Indiana Jones 11 (November 1983)

22343It’s another great plot from Michelinie. He writes some decent exposition too. His dialogue is inconsistent though. For whatever reason he can’t write Indy’s dialogue. Everyone else’s is fine though. Very strange. I think it has to do with him writing Indy as a tough guy first, smart guy second.

The issue has Indy sort of taking a second job as a treasure hunter for a mysterious rich guy. This guy’s band of Arab ninjas (Michelinie’s description) gets Indy out of a jam in the opening. The rich guy then appears to pitch Indy the job–finding the fourth nail from Christ’s cross.

It’s all compelling–it feels very grand–and there are some excellent moments. Michelinie implies subplots without expanding on them, which is interesting–or forgetful.

The Gammill pencils are rather nice too.

Problems aside, the comic has lots of charm and technical qualities. Not bad at all.

CREDITS

The Fourth Nail, Chapter One: Blood and Sand!; writer, David Michelinie; penciller, Kerry Gammill; inker, Sam de la Rosa; colorist, Julianna Ferriter; letterer, Joe Rosen; editor, Louise Jones; publisher, Marvel Comics.

Strange Heroes 1 (June 2000)

879917Apparently Lone Star Press comics need contrived Texas connections. Bill Willingham isn’t from Texas, but both his Strange Heroes stories have Texan lead characters. The first is about a wizard in training and the location doesn’t matter whatsoever. The second is about someone stuck on a lost world island; particularly doesn’t matter there.

Neither story has much going for it. In the first, with Kelsey Shannon pencils and Sam de la Rosa, Willingham tries to get a lot of mileage out of a talking wizard cat. He doesn’t get any. Not even the punchlines work. Shannon’s layouts are excruciatingly boring. Terrible expository dialogue too.

The second story has somewhat better art from Bobby Diaz and Bill Williams. Diaz doesn’t have enough detail and his action pacing’s off, but it’s better. It’s all action, so even though the writing’s not great, it too exceeds the first story.

It’s a tepid effort.

CREDITS

Spellbinder, Chapter One; penciller, Kelsey Shannon; inker, Sam de la Rosa; letterer, Brad Thomte. Otherland, Chapter One; penciller, Bobby Diaz; inker and letterer, Bill Williams. Writer, Bill Willingham; editor, Williams; publisher, Lone Star Press.

The Further Adventures of Indiana Jones 8 (August 1983)

22340Michelinie wraps up the story with an all action issue. He splits it, after bringing everyone together a couple times, between the Nazis and Indy and Marion. They all discover this lost tribe of evil Atlantis descendants. It would seem the only reason the tribe is evil is to give Michelinie an excuse to keep killing them whenever a scene needs to progress. They’re really tall too; apparently Marion’s just as good as hand-to-hand combat as Indy.

Gammill and de la Rosa continue to do a good job on the art, but since it’s an action comic–with digressions–set in the jungle, there’s not much for them to draw.

There’s really nothing to this issue; Michelinie doesn’t even take the time for character moments. He rips off the end of Raiders, which you’d think Marion or Indy would comment on (they don’t).

It’s harmless and utterly pointless.

CREDITS

Africa Screams, Chapter Two: Crystal Death; writer, David Michelinie; pencillers, Kerry Gammill and Sam de la Rosa; inker, de la Rosa; colorist, Paul Becton; letterer, Janice Chiang; editor, Louise Jones; publisher, Marvel Comics.

The Further Adventures of Indiana Jones 7 (July 1983)

22339Michelinie definitely seems to have a formula–apparently based on Raiders–Indy starts the issue on one artifact hunt, it leads to a second hunt, which somehow has Nazis involved. It’s only the seventh issue of Further Adventures and it feels like there’s not going to be much interesting outside the little character moments.

The little character moments are because Michelinie has recast Marion as a reporter who follows Indy around the globe (at least this issue). It gives him a brassy damsel in distress to occasionally rescue and someone to ask questions to make the exposition seem more natural. It’s not a bad move, it just seems weird. As Michelinie writes her, Marion is reckless and loves to drink; she’s not the standard romantic interest.

Kerry Gammill and Sam de la Rosa take over on art, hopefully to stay. They handle the period and action well.

It’s just uninteresting.

CREDITS

Africa Screams, Chapter One; writer, David Michelinie; penciller, Kerry Gammill; inker, Sam de la Rosa; colorist, Bob Sharen; letterer, Joe Rosen; editor, Louise Jones; publisher, Marvel Comics.

Marvel Team-Up Annual 7 (1984)

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Did Louise Simonson get paid by the word? Ten pages into this issue and I was already ready for a nap. It’s the most boring comic book I can remember reading–Spidey and Marrina (from Alpha Flight) get kidnapped by an alien collecting lifeforms, including some Superman might want in his zoo, and Alpha Flight shows up to help them.

Actually, Alpha Flight shows up to bicker. According to John Byrne, Northstar was always supposed to be gay but Byrne isn’t writing this issue so one has to wonder if another possibility was he was supposed to have the hots for his sister, Aurora.

Most of the issue is spent with Northstar acting like a perv in regards to her.

If I never read another Alpha Flight comic again, it’ll be way too soon. What a miserable time.

Amusingly, Simonson seems to get it–Spidey comments on their lame behavior.

CREDITS

The Collected Spider-Man; writer, Louise Simonson; penciller, Paul Neary; inker, Sam de la Rosa; colorist, Joe Rosen; letterer, Christie Scheele; editor, Danny Fingeroth; publisher, Marvel Comics.

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