The Thrilling Adventure Hour #1 – Review

Written by: Ben Acker & Ben Blacker
Illustrated by: M.J. Erickson
Colored by: Brittany Peer
Lettered by: Mike Florentino

It’s been two years since I last set my radio’s dial to ‘spooky’ to listen to the Thrilling Adventure Hour; a live radio play available in podcast form. After an initial release over on Image Comics with a patchy release schedule between 2014-16, The Thrilling Adventure Hour (TAH) has been newly taken up by Boom! Studios.

It is the live show segment ‘Beyond Belief’ that has made it to the new Boom! Studios series, with Frank and Sadie Doyle fighting the supernatural once again. And I couldn’t be happier. I have missed Frank and Sadie. It’s a delight to have Blacker & Acker writing these characters again. I can easily hear the original actors Paul F. Tompkins and Paget Brewster when reading the dialogue in this issue. The quick wit and humor of the writing has not suffered, even if the very verbose exchanges the Doyles usually have are cut down a bit due to the limitations of speech bubbles. The great thing about the Beyond Belief universe is how it manages to turn the regular ghost hunter/supernatural energy reader on its head by having its two main characters only reluctantly willing to interact with the supernatural, as it distracts from their well-stocked drinks trolley.

New artists have joined the TAH team to bring Frank and Sadie to life for Boom!, and the fresh clean lines by Erickson add a certain flair to the characters that fits their personas. I feel the slightly less realistic and the cleaner more cartoonish style suits the light-heartedness of the Beyond Belief universe better than the previous iterations of the comic.

In this issue we embark on a brand new adventure with Frank and Sadie, with their friends Donna and David Henderson. The story manages to combine a classic ‘whodunnit’ story as the Doyles often encounter by someone knocking on their door looking for help with the supernatural. Mix this with a mysterious noir detective, and you have all the ingredients for a classic Beyond Belief. And it’s all held together by Frank and Sadie’s love for one another, and their joint love for a drink. Here’s to the Doyles’ new home, may they live there happily ever after! *Clink*

8/10

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