Review – Hoards of Surrey #2
Writer – Dave Wimblett
Artwork – Rory Donald
Letterer – Ken Reynolds
Publisher – Covert Comics (via Kickstarter)
Mike McKenzie can’t believe his luck. First he finds a real life treasure map, than alongside his somewhat sceptical friends, he finds ACTUAL treasure. Twice! Firstly in Dorking’s South Street Caves, then again in the William IV pub in Albury. But when they hastily leave the pub, drunk on one pint and high on their treasure hunting success, the boys fail to notice that someone has been watching their every move…
When a writer contacts you and asks if you’ll review his latest book, then you sit up and take notice. And when it comes highly recommended by Dave Cranna (Glasscity Comics), then you know you are in for something special. I missed the first offering for this title but thankfully Dave Wimblett sends this over to help me get up to speed.
There’s something really nostalgic in Wimblett’s writing and I can’t help but think back to the first time I watched The Goonies. But not only that, influences can certainly be seen from Stand By Me and The Inbetweeners. These influences serve to make Wimblett’s book what it is; fun, comedic and entertaining. It’s one of those books that you see yourself coming back to again and again.
Rory Donald certainly has his hands full with the majority of the work in the art department. And it gave me a chuckle that the characters all have exaggerated facial features. And it would be remiss if I didn’t point out the panels where Nate starts to trip after his experience with mushrooms, genius! Donald’s subtle use of colouring ensures that your focus isn’t drawn away from the characters and the main story arc. And Ken Reynolds’ Lettering helps the book flow with ease, guiding the eye perfectly from one panel to the next.
A thoroughly enjoyable book that reminded me of times when my friends and I would go out on adventures like this (sadly we never found treasure). But this perfectly captures the camaraderie that you would expect from a group of lifelong friends. Nostalgia aside, Dave Wimblett manages to draw influence from The Goonies, Stand By Me and The Inbetweeners and really capture the imagination with this book. I have been backing quite a few Kickstarters of late and this is certainly one that I will be looking out for when the final chapter launches. Billed as the British take on The Goonies, I can see why!
Hoards of Surrey gets ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ from us at BGCP.
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