Sunday , May 19 2024
Radical’s reimagining of the Aladdin story comes to its high-spirited finish.

Comic Book Review: Aladdin: Legacy of the Lost #3 by Edginton and Sejic

Radical Comics’ reimagining of the Aladdin story, Legend of the Lost, concludes with its third issue this month. With the aid of a grizzled Sinbad (who first popped up in ish #2), our rapscallion-thief-turned-hero rescues the spirited Princess Soraya from the clutches of villainous sorcerer Qassim — but not before we’re provided a visit to the underground city of the Aramaspi, with its Moorcockian named Tabernacle of the Dreaming Jewel. More than one magical alliance is made against Qassim (who clearly has a knack for betraying and pissing off), but in the crunch it’s a well-swung sword to the neck that saves the day. As well it should.

Can definitely see this ‘un being made into a spirited CGI-flavored movie fantasy — just hold back on the Russell Crowe-styled bellowing, please — as several moments in this third issue (the assault on an Aramaspi sorceress by a trio of stone titans, the high-pitched sword battle between our heroes and heroine against Qassim’s army of winged bird/monsters) cry to put in motion. First issue artist Reilley appears to have been nudged aside in #2 by the similarly painterly Stjepan Sejic: another unfamiliar name to me, though I have to admit that the transition went smoothly. As for Ian Edginton’s script, it remains admirably straight-faced — at least until the penultimate panel where he has Soraya hearkening back to Disney by telling our hero, “There’s a whole new world to explore out there.”

That aside, I wouldn’t mind reading another one of these boyishly entertaining Arabian Knights comics. Especially if they provide Soraya more of an opportunity to show off her swashbuckling chops.

About Bill Sherman

Bill Sherman is a Books editor for Blogcritics. With his lovely wife Rebecca Fox, he has co-authored a light-hearted fat acceptance romance entitled Measure By Measure.

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