In 2008 after a long absence from comics Indiana Jones returned in the four issue mini-series Indiana Jones and The Tomb of The Gods by Rob Williams and Steve Scott. This was in conjunction with Indy returning to the silver screen with Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of The Crystal Skull. The series is set in 1936 between Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom and Raiders of The Lost Ark (although Temple was the second Indiana Jones movie chronologically it occurs before Raiders).
The series actually starts in 1931 following three archaeologists Henrik Mellberg, Francis Beresford-Hope, and Marwell O'Brien who discover the key to the tomb of the gods and agree to divide it up between the three of them for safe-keeping. It then skips forward five years and Indy is at Mellberg’s apartment since Melberg sent a letter requesting his help in protecting his piece of the key. After getting to the apartment, Indy gets roughed up by his favorite adversaries – the Nazis who are looking for Melberg’s portion of the key.
Indy finds Melberg, and tries to escape with him, but Melberg is fatally shot. Just before he dies Indy gets the key from Melberg and has to set off on a quest to find the other portions of the key. Indy encounters treasure hunter Janice Le Roi who tries to take Melberg’s portion from Indy with no luck. Indy is then joined on his quest by Marcus Brody and the duo need to track down the remaining pieces of the key while staying ahead of the Nazis and Le Roi who is now on the Nazi’s payroll.
Rob Williams wanted to do a story that showed how Indy’s attitude went from seeking “fortune and glory” in Temple of Doom to “it belongs in a museum” when we see him in Raiders. He succeeds in doing so as well as having a great adventure that could be a film itself if Ford was younger. Williams also has a great sequence of Indy versus some sharks and throws in homage to the escape from the Hovitos in Raiders with another jungle chase.
It was great to see new comics starring Indiana Jones, Steve Scott captures Harrison Ford’s likeness without becoming slavishly dependent upon making his art look like their live action counterpart. However there is one complaint, while Scott drew the first three issues, for some reason Bart Sears drew the last issue and not only is his style wildly different than Scott’s but it’s not a good match for the series since his Indy looks almost nothing like Harrison Ford. The collection also includes cover artist Tony Harris’s beautiful covers for the four issues.
I hope these aren’t the last new Indy comics we see from Dark Horse, there are rumors of a fifth Indiana Jones film so maybe there will be another mini-series to coincide with that. Even if that falls through, there’s no reason that we couldn’t get a new Indiana Jones mini-series every year.