PopCultHQ Comic Book Review: ROUGH RIDERS: RIDERS ON THE STORM #1 from AfterShock Comics

PopCultHQ received a preview copy of ROUGH RIDERS: RIDERS ON THE STORM #1 from AfterShock Comics.
Hitting retailers this New Comic Book Day (NCBD), Wednesday, February 22nd, the creative team for this series features writing from Adam Glass, illustrator Pat Olliffe, colorist Gabe Eltaeb, and lettering by Sal Cipriano.

You’d better put seatbelts on your ears, comic fans, ’cause I’m going to take them for the ride of their lives!

Synopsis:

Rough Riders Riders on the Storm #1 – Cover A by Pat Olliffe
Rough Riders: Riders on the Storm #1 – Cover B – Photo

ROUGH RIDERS: RIDERS ON THE STORM #1

Writer: Adam Glass
Artist: Pat Olliffe
Colorist: Gabe Eltaeb
Letterer: Sal Cipriano
Cover Artist: Pat Olliffe
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Great jumping on point!

Three years have passed since the Rough Riders last adventure, but when an assassins’ bullet takes President William McKinley’s life, Vice President, Theodore Roosevelt is thrust into the role of Commander in Chief. As a country mourns the loss of their leader, Roosevelt believes that the assassin is part of a bigger conspiracy, ones whose tentacles reach back to Europe and whose intentions are to destroy humanity through world-wide ANARCHY. To stop them Roosevelt must convince Harry Houdini, Jack Johnson, Thomas Edison and a surprisingly very alive Annie Oakley to band together again. But time has strained the bonds that once united them and the ideologies of their enemies may have already seeped into one of their own. Welcome to the ROUGH RIDERS SECOND ARC: ‘DARE MIGHTY THINGS’.



PopCultHQ’s Comic Book Review:
ROUGH RIDERS: RIDERS ON THE STORM #1
DARE MIGHTY THINGS

Bully! It’s been three years since Teddy and his Rough Riders were last seen together but there’s been a tragic shooting of President McKinley and vice-president Roosevelt knows its time to rally the troops. In an almost Ocean’s Twelve reuniting of the rough and rugged crew, we see that some of the Riders have kept busy these past few years. Some reconnects are long overdue, some…not so much.

The premise has been laid out well in this debut issue and has a nice pace to it. This is certainly a great jump-on point for anyone new to the series are there really isn’t much that you need to know from the first. The characters, as always, are enjoyable and full of character. Their interactions (especially Jack Johnson and Houdini) are golden and offer just the right amount of comic relief. Great series, great creative team, great job for this new series.

Writing:

Adam Glass is back after a brief hiatus will a thrilling, new adventure for our fabled cast of well-known cohorts. If you read ROUGH RIDERS #1-7 or the trade, you can expect the same brilliant storytelling as it is carried into this new arc seamlessly. What makes ROUGH RIDERS: RIDERS ON THE STORM #1 such a great issue, and also assured in subsequent issues, is Glass’ knowledge and love for history. You can tell in his writing and direction that he loves being able to work with these iconic figures, maintaining much of their historical integrity all while having them interact and work together in a fantastic adventure. And this issue is more than merely a continuation from the last series. Adam has further developed each character in the time that’s passed and though some have learned some new tricks (more than just Houdini), some things refresh anew with the rejoining of the RR team. I must say, Teddy Roosevelt has seemed so tough, steadfast, and bad-ass as he does in RIDERS ON THE STORM and if anything, this is quite likely an accurate portrayal of America’s patriotic president.

Art:

Pat Olliffe owns this series as he has created such a memorable look to these characters. Visually striking and with such a raw grittiness that is just awesome to pause and drink it all in. Now that Patrick’s established these icons and we’re about to journey on a new adventure, it looks as if he is going to get to have some fun with new drawings, mostly with new additions/compliments to Glass’ story. Though I did notice it on occasion throughout RR1, in this series Olliffe’s inks are just mind-boggingly good; such detail, precision, and intricacy that really is surprising it doesn’t come from a separate artist. ROUGH RIDERS seems to be not only a great fit for the illustrator but that he’s loving every minute of it.

Gabe Eltaeb is also back on colors and I wouldn’t want it any other way. Just as Glass delivers a compelling narrative and Olliffe a marvelous characterization of the cast, Eltaeb is the harmonious melody playing between covers. Gabe proved his value in each issue of the first series so I expected nothing less. He has carried over with him what made the Rough Riders crew a great looking team but is also getting the opportunity to stretch with his visualizations as new locales and terrains come into play. His contribution on this issue shows his dedication and commitment to his profession and a love of his craft. Top-notch all the way.

Lettering:

I’m definitely glad Sal Cipriano is back with this next ROUGH RIDERS saga. His contributions, besides being one of the top letterers in the game right now, are the final details that weave all parts of this comic together in unison. After his successful run on the first ROUGH RIDERS, Cipriano knows this environment and how to best represent it. His layouts and stylizations are not only a compliment to the series as a whole, but they also show how he works cohesively with each creator for a better overall product. You da man, Sal!

PopCultHQ’s overall assessment:

The gang has been rounded up again for another adventure; the Rough Riders in their new arc and the creative team from 2016’s ROUGH RIDERS series. As strong of a performance as last year’s ROUGH RIDERS series was, even being chosen as TFAW’s Comic Book of 2016, this second installment got even better. Glass’ writing is one of honoring these notable figures and he does it to perfection. This is what it looks like when a writer is in his element and will likely have this title become synonymous with Adam’s name, just as you think THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS when you think of Frank Miller or how I think of KINGDOM COME every time I hear Mark Waid’s name (though CAPTAIN KID is pretty dope!). And as much as the writer delivers in this issue and the last series, the success of the title and overall presentation comes at the hands of his phenomenal creative team. From the illustrations nailed down and carried on by Olliffe since last April’s premiere issue, Eltaeb setting the tone and ambiance of the stories, and a top letterer as Cipriano since day one, this is one of the most well-rounded teams in comics today. There’s a storm brewin’…thankfully we have the ROUGH RIDERS.

PopCultHQ’s Rating:
5 out of 5 Stars

ROUGH RIDERS: RIDERS ON THE STORM #1 can be purchased now ComiXology
or at your local comic shop and various online retailers.


T H E ~ C R E A T I V E ~ R E V O L U T I O N ~ S T A R T S ~ H E R E !
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Artist – Patrick Olliffe

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Letterer – Sal Cipriano

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Publisher – AfterShock Comics

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