Analysis from someone with goals that have been achieved through theft:
So I lied, I never added this to my pull list. But come on. I can barely afford my rent and have a subscription list with size already receiving laughs when I go and retrieve it. That being said, this book has really grown on me with this second trade. I was already in with the first five issues spanning trade volume one, but the interest level has been cranked up.
The story was a little blurry after volume one, with the future of the story not being to clear. The questions outweighed the known. Which is fine, but too many Image books lack that “PREVIOUSLY IN” intro that helps a reader with failing memory and a docket full of other comics, books, tv shows, cats, ransom notes, shallow graves, etc. I’m not saying this story is forgettable by any means, just everything in life is.
Time travel is always a good read, and in my opinion, will never be an expired horse, beaten past death for no apparent reason besides adhering to a turn of phrase. The writing and art blend so well that genre-jumping stays both beautiful and believable. All the characters, along with their multiple reality folding doppelgangers, are very likable. Even the bad guys, whoever they turn out to truly be, are enjoyable.
I look forward to seeing where this story goes in future trades, probably all chosen for ALSIC.
Analysis from a hoarder of light bulbs and AAA batteries that no one will ever use:
I know for me, on trades, it always seems to come down to artwork more than the storyline, and it still rings true. However, the story here is just as on point as the beautiful images on each page. The story picks up right where it left off, and I could follow right along despite my memory problems. If I could tweak one thing, it would be that I would love to spend a little time developing each character. The teenage girl in me wants to know their angst and insecurities so that I can read more into every page. I can’t complain, though, because it seems they are trying to give some insight into a few characters. I am so looking forward to this story continuing on. The writing is brilliant, and the art is beautiful. I’m hooked.
Brian K. Vaughan