The Lost City Explorers introduces us to a mystery as old as time, led by a group of kids who find themselves face-to-face with an unbelievable foe. It’s action-adventure meets fantasy with a few hints of sci-fi.
The story itself is interesting because it’s from the perspective of a soon-to-graduate teenager. She’s forced to deal with very adult situations as her life comes crashing down around her. Already filled with angst about the future, she acts as though she has nothing to lose as she tries to uncover the truth about her father. It’s mostly a race to discover the lost city and we vaguely get to know the other characters along the way. There’s a powerful scene where they all reveal they’re essentially outcasts on the fringe of their respective peer groups. I do wish there had been more time spent with the Lost City, though it feels like we’ll return to it in future volumes. As a whole, this first volume feels like an introduction piece to a greater story that is yet to come.
The artwork follows a typical comic book style, with impressive full panels and a mastery of water-based details. The panel variety makes for an easy-to-read experience.
Overall, I enjoyed The Lost City Explorers and hope to get further into the mysteries it scratched the surface of. It’s a solid introduction to a bigger story I’d very much like to explore.
NOTE: I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.
The Lost City Explorers Volume 1: Odyssey
Written by Zach Kaplan
Art by Alvaro Sarraseca
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