Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Ivar, Timewalker #1

   I'm glad to see the return of the Valiant line of heroes, and the retooling (some slight, some severe) of the original concepts.

   One of the bits I always liked was the two brothers whose lives cross the centuries - but by different paths.

   The Eternal Warrior has covered that ground by never growing old - but his brother Ivar Anni-Padda accomplishes the same thing by jumping through portals in time. Thus the name Timewalker.

   Think of him as Doctor Who without a Tardis.

   This first issue follows his attempts to save a woman who's about to change the world - but not necessarily for the better.

   She's about to invent time travel - an event that could change the world and threaten the planet. But will she get the chance? Her life is apparently being threatened by a number of robots (an homage to Terminator, perhaps) and her rescuer - Ivar - takes her through time and into more dangerous territory.

   It's a smart, fun, fast-paced story by Fred Van Lente, and fresh, inventive art by Clayton Henry.

   It's a promising (and mysterious) beginning to the series, which any fan of time-travel tales will enjoy.

Grade: B+


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