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Archardís Agents: Deadly Dare

Posted: Tuesday, March 16, 2004
By: Michael Deeley



Writer: Chuck Dixon
Artists: Steve McNiven & Tom Simmons

Publisher: CrossGen

Explorer Theophilus Dare accompanies an expedition to the fabled lost city of Mymoria. All heís interested in is capturing a legendary sea creature and displaying it for profit. What the team finds is shocking, disappointing, and deadly.

Not bad, not bad at all. I havenít seen any art from McNiven since I stopped reading ĎMeridianí. Both he and Simmons create a detailed, living world populated by expressive people. Speaking of expressive, Dare clearly comes across as an egocentric mercenary whoís not sharp enough to know when Miss Bonita Nye is being sarcastic. Their dialogue of his ramblings and her put-downs are the highlight of the book. Iíd like to see more stories with these characters for nothing more than their bickering.

Since ĎRuseí has been cancelled, youíll want to console yourself with this. It has a very Jules Verne-style of highly-plausible 19th Century style of science fiction. In other words, if someone in the 1800s tried to work out how a person could travel underwater with the technology of the time, it would look like this.



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