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Mighty Samson (2010)
Fiction Review by The Gravedigger

Mighty Samson (2010) It's five-hundred-years after World War III. The N'yark Tribe, on what was once Manhattan, defends against invaders, The Hordes of Jerz, who want their annual tribute. While this is happening a child is born--a child with incredible strength. In fact, when the leader of the invaders goes to kill him the child yanks off his finger. The mother flees into the wilds and they let her go, thinking she'll be devoured by the many mutant creatures. But she finds refuge with a tribe of people who have maintained knowledge by passing it down orally. They name the child Samson, after the old myth.

Nineteen years later he and his mother return to the N'Yark tribe but their timing is bad. The invaders are back and Samson singlehandedly defeats them. But his mother is killed. The corrupt leader of the N'Yark Tribe is grateful and wants to reward Samson by giving him two captured slaves--an old man named Mindor and a red-headed woman, Sharmaine. In the last page we're introduced to Queen Terra of Jerz, who wants revenge on the strongman for killing her warriors.

I'm slightly disappointed by this "reinvention" of this old Gold Key character (1964), as he has little in common with the original. He looks and acts completely different. There's also a lot more political strife among the human population, which has been done to death in these types of tales. But what I miss the most are the weird amalgamation of mutants from the original series, like Liobears or gorillas with four arms. The mutants were the coolest part of that series.

script: Jim Shooter and J.C. Vaugh

art: Patrick Olliffe

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