The Pantha & Jane Porter one shot gives two characters who have had very little time in the crossover time to shine. A terrible pyramid connects the two across time and space, and they find themselves fighting Purgatori and an army of monsters.
Emma Beeby expertly introduces both women and their strengths in a few opening pages where each demonstrates skill and shows her character as they are first seen in the middle of their lives, planning an expedition or battling an ancient demon as the case may be. This way, readers unfamiliar with either can catch up quickly on character basics. Fortunately, Jane and Pantha spend relatively little time on the seemingly obligatory between-heroes arguing before the true threat arrives and they find themselves battling a rather large not-exactly dragon in the streets of London. Winning requires quick thinking as much as it does fighting, and each woman’s strengths are called into play. The book is largely spent on the combat, but there is room for some character interplay and a sense that these two women are well-matched.
Rod Rodolfo’s art is often too busy: It is hard at times to see where the focal point is, and Jane Greystoke’s hair is so heavy in some images it is a wonder she can keep her head up. The monsters loom convincingly over everyone as the action moves forward, and this book gives a good look at the response ordinary people have to a pyramid and a flying red woman suddenly appearing in their midst.
The Swords of Sorrow crossover had proved an enjoyable event, and Jane & Pantha, while not a must-read, is a good addition to the tale.
Writer: Emma Beeby
Art: Rod Rodolfo
Colors: Nanjan Jamberi
Letters: Erica Schutlz
Cover: Mirka Andolfo