A one-shot comic by Image, Lorna: Relic Wrangler is an excellent mix of fun, sass, sexiness, and action. In addition to the main storyline, the comic also features several back-up pieces that flesh out the world of the Relic Wrangler. These also give readers a sense of how far the comic has come from its first incarnation. Lorna is the brainchild of Micah S. Harris, who says that he has been thinking and plotting Lorna and her stories since the mid-90’s. A mix of Lara Croft, Legally Blonde, and Hack/Slash, the comic isn’t particularly unique, but that doesn’t make it any less entertaining.
Lorna: Relic Wrangler is a good, laugh-out-loud read that also had me smiling with all its sly innuendos, and cheesecake art. Loston Wallace’s penciling style is one of clean lines that let Steve Downer’s colouring hook the reader’s attention. Not that Lorna’s curves hurt either. This comic definitely appeals to the same market as Hack/Slash or Danger Girl, though it is a little more subtle with its tongue-in-cheek humour.
Lorna is an agent for a mysterious organization that seeks to gather the “occult of America”. She is guided by her mentor Vernon, who while seemingly supportive, might have another agenda. The plot is not particularly complex, but I enjoyed the weaving of historical American architecture with Lovecraftian inter-dimensional horrors, along with with humorous dialogue and eye-grabbing art.
Obviously Image is testing the comic’s fan base, as this issue is only a one-shot, but the fact they managed to get Darwyn Cooke, one of Canada’s (and arguably the entire comic industry’s) best artists to provide the cover speaks to their hopes for this title. I, for one, would be interested in seeing a more developed storyline, as even the main feature is a fairly short plot that only hints of more to come. I always welcome people’s comments, but for this review – and comic – especially, I would enjoy hearing what other readers thought of Lorna: Relic Wrangler.