Review: BIG THUNDER MOUNTAIN RAILROAD #2

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BIG THUNDER MOUNTAIN RAILROAD #2
Written by Dennis Hopeless
Art by Tigh Walker
Published by Marvel Comics
Release Date: April 15, 2015

All aboard the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, a big fun adventure awaits you!

Dennis Hopeless takes the fun from the first issue of Big Thunder up a notch with a good ol’ fashioned adventure story featuring bandits, lost gold and a heroine who is headstrong to a fault. Abigail is a spirited, fun character who has moxie to spare, and each page she appears on has a ton of energy and life. Hopeless writes her well, and the other characters in this issue are good foils for her big personality. This story has all the great aspects of a western without the seedy elements, and while it is safe for all ages, it can truly be enjoyed by all ages. Adventures like this don’t have an age limit, and Hopeless is doing a great job of keeping this comic accessible without pandering to young audiences. Hopeless is building something fun and special here with dynamic characters and a second issue that tops the first, which is something to certainly take note of.

Tigh Walker’s artwork is also stronger in this issue than the first, and the first was very good. Walker’s style gives this story its adventurous flare, and the charm of these characters is given life by his hand. From inside the mountain to out on the roaring rails, Walker excels at capturing the boundless possibilities of this story. His work is a great combination of character detail and big, widescreen cinematic scenes that showcase how big and fun this story is. This is some top quality artwork and I can’t wait to see more from Walker in this series.

The first issue of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad was great and the second issue knocked it out of the park. Big Thunder is a fun adventure with one of the most entertaining leading ladies to hit comics in a while and Hopeless and Walker are building toward something truly great. Give this one a shot, I highly doubt you’ll be disappointed.

The Verdict: 9.5/10

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