Title: The Lost City Explorers #1
Words: Zack Kaplan
Art: Álvaro Sarraseca
Publication Date: June 20, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: Lost cities aren’t just the stuff of myths. They exist hidden right under our noses. But when a mysterious expedition is disrupted by supernatural activity, and an antiquities professor goes missing, his teenage daughter and her friends must become underground urban explorers, follow his tracks on a coming-of-age journey through subterranean tunnels, and ultimately find the holy grail of lost city: Atlantis buried right under New York City!
“I’m serious, we could go across the world, discover places we’ve never been, do something that means something…or nothing. Come on, let’s go exploring!”
The doorway to the lost city of Atlantis is buried deep beneath New York City because, well, where else would it be? Evoking a sense of wonder and the spirit of exploration, writer Zack Kaplan treats readers with a debut issue that demands attention and immediately sets the tone and the pace for what’s to come. And, what I find most exciting about this series is its seemingly limitless potential for growth; Kaplan has created a concept that works on multiple levels and allows for great expansion.
At times, the dialogue was a little too on the head, and it was obvious that certain lines, like the one I used in the beginning of this review, were foreshadowing what was to come, but overall, the script was well-paced and structured in a way that worked to further invest readers in this story at several points throughout the issue.
Despite lacking the amount of detail that I prefer, Álvaro Sarraseca’s illustrations are expressive and dynamic and capture characters’ natural gestures and expressions. If we really are taking a trip to the lost city of Atlantis, visually, the best is yet to come.
The Bottom Line:
The Lost City Explorers #1 is an exciting debut issue that evokes a sense of wonder and exploration and packs it into a single, well-paced first chapter.