STORY BY: Michael Moreci
ART BY: Ron Salas
PUBLISHER: Black Mask Studios
Ah….. time travel, how my head hurts against your sweet, conundrum, paradox causing bosom.
This book features the much used idea of changing the present by going back to eliminate a threat. This idea has been used numerous times, most famously with Terminator and to some extent Hiro’s quest in the first season of Heroes. In this particular tale, we are introduced to three-time agents, who have been assigned a couple of jobs. One seemingly innocuous and one fraught with implications.
The first mission allows the introduction to the leads in an easy-going way, allowing us to see the characters in action which establishes their roles. The savvy veteran, the leader and the rookie. Things seem a little weird halfway through the book, when one of the leads seems to be missing something important. Before he can look further it’s into the past, take out the bad guy before the bad guy can destroy the present making the future more malleable.
Michael Moreci is the writer of the book and he has a couple of challenges on his hands. As mentioned this idea of time travel for this reason isn’t new. In addition, you have elements of X-Files with the idea of agents and of course Quantum Leap, without the syrupy content, also appears to be an influence. However, for the first issue, Moreci is definitely up to the task. The pace of the book moves along at a fair clip, the time jumps are not disharmonious to the actual flow of the story. The script is also very strong, with each character having their own voice, which shows how different they are.
Ron Salas is the artist who gets to show us the variants of worlds that the trio have to navigate. I wasn’t particularly blown away by the art, if I am honest. It is serviceable, the characters are consistent throughout the book. For me, the strength of the art is the panel structure on the pages. They are quite formal, which helps with the pace but also helps to cage what could be tricky situations, especially with different times in play.
Regardless the repetition of the time travel idea, as mentioned above, there is enough going on to keep this book interesting, This a huge credit to Moreci, keeping the idea fresh with the inclusion of a serious threat, generates reader interest which will need to be maintained. Will the second issue continue at this high level? Only time will tell.