The Washington Times - June 4, 2008, 05:43PM

Pop Art Review: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Nos. 1 and 2 (Dark Horse Comics, $5.99 each) It’s a two-issue adaptation of the latest cinematic adventures of legendary professor, Henry Jones Jr.

What’s the story: The geriatric version of the archaeologist is stuck in the trunk of a car in the middle of Area 51, being bullied by a bunch of Russians. The poor fellow must escape, dodge plenty of gunfire, duck an atomic bomb blast, partner with some punk on a motorcycle and meld his mind with an alien artifact. He also runs into a former fling. Just another typical day for Indiana Jones.

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Writing strength: John Jackson Miller offers the adaptation, but not much extended insight into the story. Of course not, he has George Lucas staring over his shoulder. Man, I would hate that writing job.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Artist’s style:Luke Ross is way out of his element here. None of the character illustrations look like their acting counterpart. I loved Mr. Ross’ work on Samurai: Heaven and Earth, but would have preferred Doug Wheatley (check out his work on the Star Wars: Episode III, Revenge of the Sith adaptation) take a crack at the difficult-to-draw Harrison Ford. 

Pop art moments: Besides the beautiful cover art by Hugh Fleming, there’s not much else to appreciate.

Read it or leave it? The Ross art kills any reason to read the issue. Just go to the theater and forget this ever happened. Hopefully, Dark Horse’s new limited series, Indiana Jones and the Tomb of the Gods, offers a better visual take on the archaeologist’s legacy.