Title: The Librarians #1
Words: Will Pfeiffer
Art: Rodney Buchemi
Colors: Weslei Manuel
Letters: Troy Peteri
Publication Date: September 20, 2017
Publisher’s Summary: “Way back in the swinging ‘70s, movie producer Sol Schick was the guy behind such cheesy classics as “Quarry: Bigfoot!,” Noah’s Ark: Found at Last!” and “Heavenly Visitors from the Hell Above.” But when he’s murdered – at a film festival! – with a piece of Noah’s Ark! – THE LIBRARIANS are drawn into the mystery. Can their combination of special skills, obsessive curiosity and knowledge of forgotten lore figure out who – or what – spelled doom for Schick? And as they delve deeper into his past, is it possible that things are not as they seem and that all his crazy, wild movie…were telling the truth?”
A schlock movie producer is stabbed right before the eyes of Librarians and the murder weapon inexplicably ends up in Flynn Carsen’s pocket. But of course, there is more going on here than a simple killing. The murderer hints at the larger mystery and The Librarians investigate the magical and supernatural elements leading to a surprising discovery as to who or what is behind it all.
This a peppy YA skewed popcorn adventure that hits all the right notes. The heroes are likable, the action is PG, and the story is easy to follow. I wouldn’t say that Pfeiffer takes chances or breaks new ground, but this is a solid and enjoyable beginning to a whimsical and delightful installment to the increasingly broad reach of The Librarians franchise.
The art is straightforward and professional. Again, delivering exactly what is required to tell the story. Nothing innovative or experimental here, but sharp and effective as it should be.
The Bottom Line:
Dynamite definitely knows what they’re doing when it comes to comic versions of established character property from other mediums. Those who enjoy the television show will find a great addition to the series in these pages. Others will find a good story told well with fun characters and a nice adventure.