A $3.99 Comic, 32 pgs.
Rated T+Written by Fred Van Lente
Art by Clayton Henry
Cover A by Raul Allen
Cover B by Brian Level
Variant Cover by Michael Walsh
Variant Cover by Ramon Villalobos
Ivar Anni-Padda, the Timewalker and Dr. Neela his companion, continue their time travel adventures, stepping into a world of adventure, mystery, drama and moral dilemmas. This time, Dr. Neela step into the past and encounter an old/new friend, Gilad Anni-Padda the Eternal Warrior at the same time that Neela ask why not kill Hitler if you have the chance.
Since the first issue, the readers are experiencing a fast paced time travel ride, joining an ever-growing cast of characters from the Valiant Universe. Our main characters are Ivar and Dr. Neela, we meet them at the beginning of what promise to be a complicated relationship. All is happening during the chaos that is time travel with Ivar having an agenda full of secrets, and Neela learning some of them.
This is a fast paced comic book series there’s no question about it. Fred Van Lente and Clayton Henry are developing a different Valiant title. Van Lente comes from Archer & Armstrong, a crazy, fun and unapologetic book. You can detect a little of that craziness in this book, but it’s a different flavor. Van Lente and Valiant decided to take a page of the beloved Doctor Who history and incorporate it to this title and the Valiant universe in general. The similarities are striking, but at the same time the differences are becoming more apparent with every new issue.
Following the Doctor Who similarities, Dr. Neela is our companion (at least for now), also Ivar is an eccentric time traveller master, but in the Timewalker adventures, Neela is more active than any other time travel companion that we have seen lately. At the same time, Ivar seems to be less active, acting more like a guiding force, appearing and disappearing at odd times, leaving Neela alone when she need him more. It’s very fun and interesting that the whole issue dance around the idea of killing Hitler, a very common question when discussing time traveling. It’s more interesting how Ivar present the rules on why nobody should/can kill Hitler. It’s refreshing to see how many time travellers have the same idea and end up at the same time accomplishing nothing. Van Lente uses this as a tool to move the story forward, and he do move the story forward fast.
Overall the story is excellent, the art is a great complement to the words in the page, and the characters are well defined with plenty of space to grow. This is definitively not a stand-alone issue, but a chapter of a bigger adventure, a very interesting one.