I just got my hands on a copy of the new Dark Horse comic, Mighty Samson. All in all, I found it to be an enjoyable read. The story is updated ever so slightly for a newer and darker audience but it didn’t really detract much from the original. Samson is definitely more a Conan The Barbarian style of character in Dark Horse’s version. The original Samson struck me as a little bit of a muscle-headed doofus, despite the writers knack of having him solve as many problems with brains instead of brawn. The new Samson looks like he will happily hack and slash his way through the opposition. Hopefully, Mindor and his ever-so-charming and newly sketched daughter (I’m not bad…I’m just drawn that way) will have the desired effect in causing Samson to become a little more human. The artwork is really excellent, although not in a style that I generally favour. Personally it detracts from the story a little bit for me but not enough to stop me from royally geeking out over the possibility of fresh Mighty Samson tales.
The 48-page spectacular graphic that’s splashed across the cover is purely a page count and doesn’t reflect the new story. Instead the comic includes the premiere issue of both Dark Horse’s Mighty Samson as well as the original Mighty Samson origin story from 1964. Both are an enjoyable read, but I feel somewhat cheated out of the 48 pages that were promised.
While I don’t think this is a knock-it-out-of-the-park re-imagining of Mighty Samson, I enjoyed reading it and I suspect that I’ll continue to do so for as long as it’s out.