Written by Richmond Clements
Illustrated by Conor Boyle
Publisher & Managing Partner: HARRY MARKOS
Group Editors: IAN SHARMAN n GM JORDAN n TOBY SHORT
Creative Consultant: ANDY BRIGGS
‘Pirates of the lost word’, offers readers an adventure which we usually get in movies. It has a “Pirates of the Caribbean” feel to the whole story. The Captain of the Pirates is a woman and that is a breath of fresh air among the male centred narratives that dominate the industry. The whole Idea of having pirates chased by the British navy seems pretty dull, but, when they both end up on the “lost world” everything is turned up on its head. In order to survive men-eating-dinosaurs and cannibals, they have to work together and navigate a treacherous jungle.
The graphic novel is well paced and filled with action. The story always takes the characters in the middle of the action. One moment they are being chased by a T-rex, the next they are saving one of their crew from a tribe of cannibals. I enjoyed the feeling of adventure and how alien this world is to pirates and navy officers. I also liked the interplay between the prey and predator motif that there is within the comic. When the Captain is tracking her crew, who have been captured by a tribe of savages, she is unaware that a pack of velociraptors is also tracking her. The whole thing builds up to a climax that also involves the previous T-rex. My favourite scene is when a certain Mr Ronin (eerily similar to the character created by Frank Miller) tries to take on the T-rex by himself, and although he manages to inflict some lethal blows, the T-rex ultimately wins the fight. The ending is also interesting and it teases a partnership between the pirate Captain and a famous submarine Captain of renowned fame in literature.
The characters are all well developed and even though people die left right and center in this comic, the main distinguishable characters are all solid. However, I did not like that one of these characters, being a foreigner, speaks in his native tongue. Mr Ronin speaks Japanese, but no subtitles are offered to understand him whenever he speaks. This was frustrating as I didn’t feel like translating what he said and so I skipped his dialogue missing out on part of the character’s story.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. The art is pleasing to the eye and offers a complementing style to the pirate story. The panel composition is also well structured and it helps to flesh out the story in a strong way. I wouldn’t mind reading other works of Richmond Clements.