It’s a very fast paced issue from Michelinie. Maybe he knew he had Trimpe and Colleta back on art and didn’t want to make the reader suffer. That explanation is as good as any, especially when one considers the resolution to the previous issue’s cliffhanger–crabs attacking Indy–is the longest sequence in the comic.
For example, the bottom of the ocean submarine sequence reads faster. Somehow Michelinie never feels rushed–Indy and Katanga (who continue to make a great pair) are always in constant danger, the speedy storytelling actually provides relief for the reader. There’s no delaying the constant twists.
The art does have its expected terrible points. Besides Indy looking totally different for the issue’s finish, there’s one amazing panel of him swinging through the air where the artists make it look like he’s sliding down something.
It’s a rushed read to be sure, but a decent one.
The Sea Butchers, Chapter Two: Death on Dark Waters; writer, David Michelinie; penciller, Herb Trimpe; inker, Vince Colletta; colorist, Robbie Carosella; letterer, Joe Rosen; editor, Eliot Brown; publisher, Marvel Comics.