A series of time traveling tales, including Damon Lindelof and Jeff Lemire bringing a blast from DC’s past; another installment of the “Dead Boy Detectives” from Toby Litt, Mark Buckingham and Victor Santos Montesinos; Matt Kindt presents a stirring story of man vs. machine; and much more!
Major SpoilersThe last story alone, with it’s almost effortless inversion and merciless deconstruction of the myths and carbuncles of time-travel would have me buying this book, but Simone’s story is flat-out excellent, as is Lindelof’s tale… Now that you mention it, there isn’t a really bad story in the bunch, only ones that aren’t quite up to the brilliance of the top contenders, leaving some serious kudos to DC/Vertigo. This is a book you should get, period. Time Warp #1 reminds me of the greats, with a little bit of Bradbury, a little bit of Serling, just a dash of Philip K. Dick and a whole heap of quality comic bookery. Seriously, check this one out.
PopMatters“R.I.P.” was surprisingly insightful and emotionally raw. I’ll admit that I was skeptical of the time aspect when I began reading—time travel is a difficult story device to play with, especially when working within a framework of ‘everything affects everything’ system. Fortunately, Damon Lindelof and Jeff Lemire do it as right as they can, and give Rip Hunter the emotional and narrative backing required for a story such as this. Time travel alone isn’t enough.
CHUDMost of the shorts here are pretty decent, but nothing that will change your world save for some of the cooler ideas (in fact, basically all Matt Kindt’s entry seems to be is a collection of really cool SF ideas) or great art embedded here and there. And it must be said that, apart from the Dead Boy Detectives story, the art in this collection is uniformly excellent. A highlight here is the Ray Fawkes/Andy Macdonald piece, 0:00:03, which features some absolutely stunning artwork despite a rather slight story.
Unleash The FanboyTime Warp has it’s weaknesses. Some stories feel strangely out of place, which is disappointing, given the exceptionally broad parameters of the book’s theme. More frustrating is the lack of new talent. Anthologies are the prime venue for showcasing new creators, but with all the established names, apparently there wasn’t room for a single unknown. That said, those big names turn in some fantastic work.