So here’s one that very well may have slipped by you without notice, The Mummy from Titan Comics. Let me start by saying I love The Mummy film from the 90’s, when I was a boy I loved the originals. The Mummy has always to me been a franchise with endless opportunities for adventure. The Mummy returns may have failed to live up to it’s predecessor, but a large part of that was due to some very bad CGI and a few silly plot elements. The franchise sunk a bit after that, The Rock’s franchise went from a possibly promising idea to a pile of third rate B movies and the third entry in The Mummy series, although I had fun watching it and felt it was a bit better then Returns, it was a pretty poor attempt to save the franchise. But, there were yeti, which is always nice.
Now Tom Cruise will be taking over the franchise in a more serious reboot this summer, and Titan comics has rebooted their own version of the series in a limited run comic, which I’ve just finished reading. How was you ask? It was about as good as The Mummy Returns. In that it really isn’t much good at all.
Written in a fashion that shows regard for the franchise(s) but little regard for doing anything new by Peter Milligan, and drawn fairly by Robinson Freire. This is yet another one for fans, there’s little here that is fresh or new, little that would bring in new readers and if you are new I doubt this will inspire you to go back to other versions of the story.
There’s some panels that are interesting to look at, until you really look at them and there is some… well one, really nice cover (which is the one I’ve featured at the top). But there’s not even an attempt made by writer Peter Milligan to make you interested in the characters and much of the dialog is overly simplistic. The Mummy feels much like someone has watched the films and said I like to do that the same only my way and much worse.
Freire’s art was… inconsistent at best. Lines are thick and distracting in places they very much need to be thin, depth and shadows are again inconsistent and nothing ever really comes together. I was excited to come home with this book, but it’s just not good. I wanted it to be very good, but I honestly sitting here and now, can’t even remember much about it. It’s completely forgettable. The best thing about this book is the history in the back of Hammer horror’s The Mummy. But that page and a half is hardly worth your $4. PW
Issue #1, Titan Comics, Mature: A completely forgettable and unnecessary reboot that fails to live up to the franchises legacy. 1.5/10
From Titans site: For 2000 years the Sect of Anubis have prolonged their life spans through human sacrifice and the enslavement of an Egyptian High Priestess cursed to walk the afterlife for all eternity. On one night every 30 years the Sect must offer up a human vessel to house the spirit of Nebetah so that they can kill her and drink her blood, thus granting them immortality. But this year they have chosen the wrong vessel and she’s not going willingly… LINK