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Welcome to the Meld, an inhospitable dimension in time where a chrononaut finds himself trapped. With no memory or feedback from the team of scientists that sent him, he can't count on anything but his heart and a stranger's voice to guide him to his destiny. Collects issues #1–#5.


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Welcome to the Meld, an inhospitable dimension in time where a chrononaut finds himself trapped. With no memory or feedback from the team of scientists that sent him, he can't count on anything but his heart and a stranger's voice to guide him to his destiny. Collects issues #1–#5.

30 review for EI8HT, Vol. 1: Outcast

  1. 5 out of 5

    Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede

    Joshua agrees to go back in time, or rather to another dimension in time called the Meld to kill a man called the Spear in the hope that this will save his wife that is sick. The people that are sending him to the Meld is promising that they will save her. Unfortunately, he lands in the Meld without the memory of is wife or his mission, but slowly the memory is coming back to him. This story turned out to be more interesting that I expected when I started to read it. As usual, I was a bit confus Joshua agrees to go back in time, or rather to another dimension in time called the Meld to kill a man called the Spear in the hope that this will save his wife that is sick. The people that are sending him to the Meld is promising that they will save her. Unfortunately, he lands in the Meld without the memory of is wife or his mission, but slowly the memory is coming back to him. This story turned out to be more interesting that I expected when I started to read it. As usual, I was a bit confused in the beginning about the mission, the meld, why Joshua had to kill a man called Spear. But that just meant that I was in the same boat as Joshua. We had to figure out things together. This is the kind of story that from the start doesn't make much sense, but as the story progress you start to put the pieces together even though not all the pieces are explained since the story ended with a cliffhanger. But I did enjoy the story very much, it was engaging to read, and I really really wanted to know how everything was connected. And the Meld got dinosaurs...love that! I liked the art and the coloration of the art, it suited the story. There is just something about the lack of bright colors, except when it comes to the red on the faces of the people in the Meld and the yellow background that brings out the art in the story. I received this copy from the Dark Horse Books through Edelweiss in return for an honest review! Thank you!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Frédéric

    Rafael Albuquerque tries himself as a writer on time travel sci-fi story. Tough choice. Tough luck. Time travel stories are a bitch to master, all these paradoxes and stuff, I tend to think you have to be seasoned writer to pull a good one. And sadly Albuquerque doesn't. It's not so much the time travel stuff itself that doesn't win the day, it's all the rest. The concept: things, people, disappear anywhere and anytime and end up in the Meld. Which should be a huge jumble of whatever but for some Rafael Albuquerque tries himself as a writer on time travel sci-fi story. Tough choice. Tough luck. Time travel stories are a bitch to master, all these paradoxes and stuff, I tend to think you have to be seasoned writer to pull a good one. And sadly Albuquerque doesn't. It's not so much the time travel stuff itself that doesn't win the day, it's all the rest. The concept: things, people, disappear anywhere and anytime and end up in the Meld. Which should be a huge jumble of whatever but for some reason looks more like your average heroic fantasy world where everybody speaks english. Convenient, ennit? Ooookay. Now the characters: your average small time loser who ends up being the savior of a revolution, the kick ass female counterpart-and his little brother whose head you want to bash against a hard surface half of the time- the stubborn elders, the half crazy scientist... Oh, I almost forgot the blond blue eyed nazi. A blond blue eyed nazi is always handy to play the bad guy. To make sure any dummy can get it, there's even a color chart to help place the different times involved. I'll add that for creator-owned work Albuquerque is sloppy as can be and that'll wrap this review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Relstuart

    A fun but brief story about a man sent to a place between time where things/people from different parts of time have slipped. He is there on a mission but can't remember what it was but he follows the clues and people there to try to figure out what is going on. The use of color is well done with the background giving you a visual signal whether you are in the past, present, future, or in the in-between place. This is billed as volume 1 but as this was released in 2015 we may not be getting a vo A fun but brief story about a man sent to a place between time where things/people from different parts of time have slipped. He is there on a mission but can't remember what it was but he follows the clues and people there to try to figure out what is going on. The use of color is well done with the background giving you a visual signal whether you are in the past, present, future, or in the in-between place. This is billed as volume 1 but as this was released in 2015 we may not be getting a volume 2. The story does wrap up enough loose ends to still be enjoyable.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    This was a lot of fun. We've got a time-skipping story that fluctuates between the past, present, future, and something called The Meld, a weird mixed up cocktail of all time eras. Dinosaurs, spaceships, tribal clans, dangerous beasts, and overlords with future tech abound here. A hint at romantic drama also ties things together. The artwork is satisfying as well, done in a stylized sketchy style which I tend to like. Looking forward to the next volume.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Trike

    This is a time-travel adventure, with all the paradoxes that sort of thing implies. It’s not badly done yet not exactly top shelf storytelling. I’m not even going to try to sum up the plot, partly because it’s twisty but also because it doesn’t really have an ending. There is an immediate threat which is dealt with, but the larger mysteries of who everyone is and how they’re all interrelated are only hinted at. I presume those answers will come if further volumes are published. The art suffers from This is a time-travel adventure, with all the paradoxes that sort of thing implies. It’s not badly done yet not exactly top shelf storytelling. I’m not even going to try to sum up the plot, partly because it’s twisty but also because it doesn’t really have an ending. There is an immediate threat which is dealt with, but the larger mysteries of who everyone is and how they’re all interrelated are only hinted at. I presume those answers will come if further volumes are published. The art suffers from looking all the same, which is why they used the gambit of coloring different time periods different colors. It’s not bad in and of itself, it just lends an air of simplicity to the whole affair. But overall it’s a fine divertimento.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    Pretty solid time travel story. Takes place mostly in The Meld, an area outside the time stream where things lost in time wash up. A fun, exciting adventure story. I like the art but hated the monochromatic coloring. Would have preferred either full color or black and white. Purple and white, Orange and white, etc. was very distracting.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

    Really enjoyed this one! It took me a little bit to figure it all out but I thought the concept of the different timelines was really cool! Looking forward to reading more!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Online Eccentric Librarian

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ Ei8ht, Volume 1, collects issues 1-5 of the single issues. A hard science time travel plot device is tied to a softer story of a man trying to save his wife in this science fiction tale. Several viewpoints begin disparately but then start to converge by the end of the first chapter. And although there are a lot of ideas in here, the concept is let down by sloppy art and uninspired writing (far too many info dumps). Th More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ Ei8ht, Volume 1, collects issues 1-5 of the single issues. A hard science time travel plot device is tied to a softer story of a man trying to save his wife in this science fiction tale. Several viewpoints begin disparately but then start to converge by the end of the first chapter. And although there are a lot of ideas in here, the concept is let down by sloppy art and uninspired writing (far too many info dumps). This never felt like it was taking full advantage of the graphic format and that the illustrations were subordinate to the story. Story: A time traveler, Joshua, is sent to a special place independent of time called the Meld - a 'time gyre' where animals and things have been deposited and trapped from all periods of Earth's history. He has been sent to kill one man; he is told that doing so will save his dying wife. But when he arrives, it is without his memory and with only a figure 8 on his wrist to tell him what needs to know. As his memories slowly return, several other time travelers will come into play - each affecting The Meld. For Joshua, the only thing that matters is that the woman who saved him looks very familiar - and he will have to fight to save her from the tyrant of The Meld. My first thought with this volume was that we have an update of John Carter of Mars - but with time travel replacing space travel. Certainly, the author has great fun with the plasticity of time and enjoys tweaking the reader with subtle clues and hints that there is a lot in the future affecting Joshua's present. Oddly enough, by the end, it didn't sound all that clever any more - the solutions to the mysteries early on were rather pat and unimaginative. And I'm getting the impression that we have a very unreliable narrator if things turn out in future issues as I suspect about his wife. The illustration work has a conceit: panel backgrounds are color coded to tell readers if something is in the past, present, or future. I didn't need the color schemes and quickly forgot about the coding once I started reading. By the end, when I went back to look at something in the start, I saw the coding page again and kind of wondered why they did it. It wasn't a confusing story and the color coding wasn't really needed. In fact, once I looked again, I found it odd that scenes from 1940s Nazi Germany were color coded the purple meant to be the present (unless there is some twist or I missed something, the book is not set in the 1940s). Since most of the book takes places in the Meld, it's a very orange world (the Meld's 'out of time' color). Which brought me to other problems. Things like everyone in the Meld speaking one language - despite being from all periods of time and places. Even the German soldier spoke perfectly - it just didn't sit right. Not to mention the fancy outfits using a lot of cloth and metal armor - where's the cotton? Where are the looms? Who shapes all that fancy metal armor? Did weavers and metalsmiths randomly show up in the Meld and teach all they know? It's just so unlikely. Plus, add in surprisingly sloppy drawings (e.g., in one panel, the tyrant's horns are dragon shaped and then the very next panel has them shaped like ram horns) and I couldn't help but feel someone didn't think this through thoroughly enough and then rushed through the illustration work. As a time waster, Ei8ht is fine. But I couldn't help but feel we were promised a better title than what was delivered here. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan

    A well thought out time-romp with quite a few twists along the way. (view spoiler)[Overall, it feels like a bit of this: Mixed with a dash of this: Perhaps a touch of these guys: A hint of: And maybe, just maybe a little: (hide spoiler)] ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]> A well thought out time-romp with quite a few twists along the way. (view spoiler)[Overall, it feels like a bit of this: Mixed with a dash of this: Perhaps a touch of these guys: A hint of: And maybe, just maybe a little: (hide spoiler)]

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kurt Rocourt

    This was an interesting read. It almost loses itself at some points. Don't try to plectrum everything in its proper order. Just go along for the ride. That's the best way to enjoy this book. The characters aren't interesting at all. There's a mad scientist, a time traveling Nazi and dinosaurs. That's all you need to know about the people in this book. I think to next issues will get better but for now this is a good start to a series. I read this via Edelweiss. I thank them for this book. #Edelwe This was an interesting read. It almost loses itself at some points. Don't try to plectrum everything in its proper order. Just go along for the ride. That's the best way to enjoy this book. The characters aren't interesting at all. There's a mad scientist, a time traveling Nazi and dinosaurs. That's all you need to know about the people in this book. I think to next issues will get better but for now this is a good start to a series. I read this via Edelweiss. I thank them for this book. #Edelweiss

  11. 5 out of 5

    Daryl

    This is a fun time-travel story with some of the usual paradoxes, but not enough to make my head hurt like time travel stories often do. Joshua - who seems to be a regular Joe, not a scientist or soldier - is sent back into the past, but ends up in the Meld, a place outside of time where random elements of different eras get dropped together. Or actually, it turns out that that was where he was supposed to be. He doesn't remember anything at all, until certain clues start to give him hints as to This is a fun time-travel story with some of the usual paradoxes, but not enough to make my head hurt like time travel stories often do. Joshua - who seems to be a regular Joe, not a scientist or soldier - is sent back into the past, but ends up in the Meld, a place outside of time where random elements of different eras get dropped together. Or actually, it turns out that that was where he was supposed to be. He doesn't remember anything at all, until certain clues start to give him hints as to his own personal past and story. Another scientist-traveler is aiming for the Meld and ends up in the distant past. As I got a few chapters into this 5-issue trade collection, I thought this might be a series to follow. Unfortunately, there were only 5 issues published. The final issue reads like the authors are trying, much too quickly, to wrap up a storyline that had been intended to run much longer, and it's a pretty unsatisfying conclusion. Not quite everything gets tied up (I have a few suspicions of where the story was headed after this), but the reader is left with nowhere to go from here. Too bad. I would like to have seen this continue.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kait

    The time-travel aspect is similar to Paper Girls, but less confusing in my opinion. The artist distinguishes the timelines by using different main colors, similar to Cry Havoc, but more simple. I'm not a huge fan of the art style, and I'm still convinced Hari is a female character. There was only two women in the entire book, which was a disappointment considering the excessive number of men. At least both of those women had distinct personalities and independence, although the one who self-sacr The time-travel aspect is similar to Paper Girls, but less confusing in my opinion. The artist distinguishes the timelines by using different main colors, similar to Cry Havoc, but more simple. I'm not a huge fan of the art style, and I'm still convinced Hari is a female character. There was only two women in the entire book, which was a disappointment considering the excessive number of men. At least both of those women had distinct personalities and independence, although the one who self-sacrifices doesn't even get a name or a real introduction anywhere in the book. If I come across the next volume though the library, I will pick it up, but it's not something I would spend money on.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tom Malinowski

    Joshua wakes up in a different place and time altogether, on a mission. But his memory is fragmented. He learns quickly he's in the Meld, outside of time but in a very different space under a harsh rule. He slowly pieces his past together to hopefully have a future with his wife. But did he just meet her for the first time? Good twists throughout on the good 'ol trope of time travel and causality. The writer explains in the beginning that the past is green, the present is purple, the future is b Joshua wakes up in a different place and time altogether, on a mission. But his memory is fragmented. He learns quickly he's in the Meld, outside of time but in a very different space under a harsh rule. He slowly pieces his past together to hopefully have a future with his wife. But did he just meet her for the first time? Good twists throughout on the good 'ol trope of time travel and causality. The writer explains in the beginning that the past is green, the present is purple, the future is blue, and the meld is entirely different. Thus the artist renders the time frames according to the colors. Nice!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

    A fine first volume but nothing special. I'm not huge on time travel stories anyway and this one didn't add anything new, reminded me a bit of la jetee. I had to roll my eyes when the bad guy was revealed to be (view spoiler)[a Nazi, (hide spoiler)] because time travel. Also had to roll my eyes at the character's motivation, felt very done before and too close to (view spoiler)[fridging (hide spoiler)] . The character must be pretty naive and trusting or has never read All my sins remembered... Ar A fine first volume but nothing special. I'm not huge on time travel stories anyway and this one didn't add anything new, reminded me a bit of la jetee. I had to roll my eyes when the bad guy was revealed to be (view spoiler)[a Nazi, (hide spoiler)] because time travel. Also had to roll my eyes at the character's motivation, felt very done before and too close to (view spoiler)[fridging (hide spoiler)] . The character must be pretty naive and trusting or has never read All my sins remembered... Art was attractive though I had some trouble distinguishing certain characters. If you need a key to the art you're probably being too clever with it...

  15. 5 out of 5

    Alexander Peterhans

    Beautifully drawn book that suffers from a shoddy script. Would've been a 1 star, if not for the art. There is a paradox at the centre of this time travel story, which forces the writer to hit certain story beats to make the plot work - what actually happens is that the book feels extremely rushed, full of plot contrivances, and paperthin characters whose motivations seem to be purely plot-driven. Convenient coincidences seem to continually happen, most of them off-page. To top it all off, the cen Beautifully drawn book that suffers from a shoddy script. Would've been a 1 star, if not for the art. There is a paradox at the centre of this time travel story, which forces the writer to hit certain story beats to make the plot work - what actually happens is that the book feels extremely rushed, full of plot contrivances, and paperthin characters whose motivations seem to be purely plot-driven. Convenient coincidences seem to continually happen, most of them off-page. To top it all off, the central paradox isn't even resolved in this book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Koen Claeys

    I loved reading this time-travel-adventure. The pacing is a bit off at times and the ending feels rushed. It could have used an extra 22 pages. I wonder if we'll ever see another volume....

  17. 4 out of 5

    furious

    👍 good art, good time stuff, would Meld again

  18. 5 out of 5

    Craig

    For what it is, it's not all bad. Though it is incomplete and will probably never be resolved.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Disclaimer: I received an e-galley copy of this book via Edelweiss. Holy shit this art is beautiful. The colors are stylized, with particular background colors and palettes connoting various places and times, but with beautiful pops of accent color and such depth of detail that it never feels monochrome in a boring way. The page layouts are also fantastic, the transition from wide/large panels to smaller ones conveying the tenuous nature of the Meld and its relationship to the timestreams that fe Disclaimer: I received an e-galley copy of this book via Edelweiss. Holy shit this art is beautiful. The colors are stylized, with particular background colors and palettes connoting various places and times, but with beautiful pops of accent color and such depth of detail that it never feels monochrome in a boring way. The page layouts are also fantastic, the transition from wide/large panels to smaller ones conveying the tenuous nature of the Meld and its relationship to the timestreams that feed it. The story stands its ground next to the gorgeous art, which is a relief. I read Trillium by Jeff Lemire a few months back and while it is also a gorgeously illustrated time-bending adventure romance, its story falls short of its lovely art and intriguing sci-fi premises. This is much more satisfying. Joshua, the main character, crash-lands in the Meld - a place outside of time where lost keys, missing persons, and erstwhile time-travelers end up. He intended to go back in time to kill a man who released a deadly toxin into his world - one that currently threatens his wife's life. Instead, he meets a woman who is part of a tribe that is also, coincidentally, under the thumb of a man who has released a deadly toxin into their world. We also meet an old scientist on a life-long quest to visit the Meld who may know something about the origin of this menace of a man. The stories are interconnected and I'm impressed at the complexity of their interactions. There's only one place where I feel the stories don't mesh the way they're intended (it's the line about following the dinosaur - I don't get why she would say that to him at that moment of his timeline, or whether we're supposed to assume that she was talking to him at two different points in his timeline and she knows that). Potential spoiler alert: I also have a sneaking suspicion that the physical resemblance between the old man and Joshua is more than a coincidence - I like that while it's subtle, there are particular panels that seem to be made to emphasize that resemblance. The character development is solid and we get to to see them grow - but thankfully, we don't get all of the answers by the end of the volume. Overall, wonderful art, carefully created story, well-drawn characters. Would recommend.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Silence

    Time. It’s a funny thing. It is a malleable shared experience that we are all a part of, but few actually think about. We do not spend a lot of time thinking about how it is relative to the individual’s experiences or how we are all a part of an ever expanding ripple effect. The deepest we go into just how weird and complicated time is typically involves “eternity”, being defined as the length of time spent in a Starbucks line. In Ei8ht, Joshua isn’t exactly thinking about time, physics, or univ Time. It’s a funny thing. It is a malleable shared experience that we are all a part of, but few actually think about. We do not spend a lot of time thinking about how it is relative to the individual’s experiences or how we are all a part of an ever expanding ripple effect. The deepest we go into just how weird and complicated time is typically involves “eternity”, being defined as the length of time spent in a Starbucks line. In Ei8ht, Joshua isn’t exactly thinking about time, physics, or universal commonalities. He’s thinking about his dying wife who he will risk changing the time continuum to save. Albuquerque and Johnson take us through the color-coded stream of time to expand upon Joshua’s mission to assassinate one man: the Spear. The plot is fascinating. I really enjoyed the time hop and all of the tiny changes that lead to a pretty wild butterfly effect. While the plot has a ton of potential, what really has me excited is the artwork. Some might find Albuquerque’s illustrations a bit too fluid, but I feel his style adds something really special to the story. Ei8ht, much like American Vampire, is a tale that pulls from different eras to harvest its gritty subject matter. A pretty, superhero style isn’t going to cut it. You need something that captures the controlled chaos of the characters. Albuquerque’s illustrative work in Ei8ht is slightly reminiscent of Jeff Lemire’s Sweet Tooth giving it an edgy, “end of the world” feel which I adore. This is not to say he isn’t true to his own style, he is, but Albuquerque seems to realize that a worthy read needs its own special something. The mash up of futuristic machines and prehistoric brutality bring The Meld alive. This is a great start to a new series, especially for fans of Brian K. Vaughan, Jeff Lemire, and Robert Kirkman. *I would like to thank Edelweiss and the publisher for providing me with a free ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review*

  21. 4 out of 5

    chala

    (not going to add dates, because I don't believe in adding comics towards your reading goal, but I also have nowhere else to add this things as read (as is the case with manga and myanimelist). Ok... so, this comic was an adventure. This volume is perfectly done. The art is very bold, coming with the interest concept of using so little colors (some say 4 and some say 8, I say it doesn't matter because it is amazing nonetheless) - and this brings out those important moments that are sure to be st (not going to add dates, because I don't believe in adding comics towards your reading goal, but I also have nowhere else to add this things as read (as is the case with manga and myanimelist). Ok... so, this comic was an adventure. This volume is perfectly done. The art is very bold, coming with the interest concept of using so little colors (some say 4 and some say 8, I say it doesn't matter because it is amazing nonetheless) - and this brings out those important moments that are sure to be stuck in your head for a long time. The story is very interesting and captivating - you will think a lot about the connection between past, present and future and humanity's universal "what if" (what if we could travel through time and space? and what would that mean for the world as we know it?) Incorporating some elements from world history was surprising and a big plus of this volume is that, even while it stands as a SF comic, there aren't any hard to grasp concepts, no scientifical explanation that one less knowledgeable wouldn't understand. The characters, although big in numbers and maybe with now enough page time, are easy to love and understand - they have well defined ways of thinking and beliefs and moral rules that make them easily recognizable in the sea of faces that are presented to us. The ending was my favorite part! It definetely left me very curious and pinning for a next volume (is this even a thing? does this comic have/will have another volume???) because the whole series is so promising and I am sure the questions it left can have some amazing and awesome answers.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Cosmin

    I am familiar with Rafael Albuquerque's style from his American Vampire series, and while it fits for that story's horror theme, I find it a little out of place in the time travelling setting of this one. He came with something interesting with the color themes, it doesn't really help the story in any way, but it adds some originality and sets ei8ht apart from other comics. After getting the cons out of the way, what we are left with is a really enjoyable story. I mean... you have time travel, Na I am familiar with Rafael Albuquerque's style from his American Vampire series, and while it fits for that story's horror theme, I find it a little out of place in the time travelling setting of this one. He came with something interesting with the color themes, it doesn't really help the story in any way, but it adds some originality and sets ei8ht apart from other comics. After getting the cons out of the way, what we are left with is a really enjoyable story. I mean... you have time travel, Nazis and dinosaurs in the same place, that pretty much nears perfection. In Nila and her brother we find a couple of fun characters that balance our dull male lead. We get some evil lord and mad scientist and I think the only thing missing is a clown to make for perfect story background. I'm kidding, even though all these elements seem disjointed they fit together quite well. About the time travel, from what I can tell, it looks like it follows a linear model. Meaning that you can only jump back and forth, no alternate timelines possible, and you pretty much can't change the present. We'll see if I'm right and how Albuquerque plays with in the second volume. And judging by the cliffhanger we will probably get one. Oh yes, I've read the romanian translation of this. The translation was pretty good, it didn't feel weird in many places. So if you have to chose between the two, you can go with romanian one and support our local comic editors.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Alex Telander

    There’s a place where lost and abandoned things end up. Not just odd socks from your laundry and keys and other items you’ve misplaced, but bigger things too, even people. It’s known as the Meld. A place outside of time, an inhospitable dimension, where there are those in power subjugating and controlling those who are weaker, and most of reality has no clue this place exists. Joshua is a chrononaut who has a job to do, which is to get to the Meld and assassinate a specific person. Using a time m There’s a place where lost and abandoned things end up. Not just odd socks from your laundry and keys and other items you’ve misplaced, but bigger things too, even people. It’s known as the Meld. A place outside of time, an inhospitable dimension, where there are those in power subjugating and controlling those who are weaker, and most of reality has no clue this place exists. Joshua is a chrononaut who has a job to do, which is to get to the Meld and assassinate a specific person. Using a time machine from the near future, he ends up in the Meld with damaged machinery and soon finds himself a captive. Before he knows it he finds himself face to face with the very person he needs to kill. There’s also the beautiful and unusual woman who he’s never seen before, but swears he was talking too just as he arrived in the Meld, as if he somehow knew her. While the opening concept for Ei8ht seems interesting at first, the storyline quickly devolves into a predictable guns-firing slugging match between the goodies and the baddies that tends to bore the reader more than it does entertain. Originally written on March 3, 2016 ©Alex C. Telander. For more reviews, check out the BookBanter site.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Cale

    I appreciate that this volume starts with a color guide, showing how each color scheme reflects a different point in the plot (past, present, future, or the Meld). It helps make the interlocking time travel loops easier to follow, as our protagonist Joshua learns about the Meld and makes a major impact on its status quo. The volume is almost a standalone volume, wrapping up the majority of its primary plot points within itself, but there are a number of strands left loose enough to be followed i I appreciate that this volume starts with a color guide, showing how each color scheme reflects a different point in the plot (past, present, future, or the Meld). It helps make the interlocking time travel loops easier to follow, as our protagonist Joshua learns about the Meld and makes a major impact on its status quo. The volume is almost a standalone volume, wrapping up the majority of its primary plot points within itself, but there are a number of strands left loose enough to be followed in future volumes. The art (and coloring) are very distinctive, managing to give a unique monochrome look even with its use of limited spot color. And the characters are interesting, leaving you wondering about the coincidences making up this volume and what kind of further ramifications and relationships there may be. It's making for an interesting series.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Corporon

    I completely missed it on my first read through, but at the very beginning (before the comic starts) it associates locations in time with colors. And furthermore, those colors sometimes stack within a scene when there is communication across time. This alone bumped my review up another star. I'm a sucker for time travel stories that feature a nexus. The plot with the Spear feels a little anti-climactic, but the wibbley-wobbly timey-wimey stuff is fun and flows pretty naturally. Plus, the stark bl I completely missed it on my first read through, but at the very beginning (before the comic starts) it associates locations in time with colors. And furthermore, those colors sometimes stack within a scene when there is communication across time. This alone bumped my review up another star. I'm a sucker for time travel stories that feature a nexus. The plot with the Spear feels a little anti-climactic, but the wibbley-wobbly timey-wimey stuff is fun and flows pretty naturally. Plus, the stark bluish-green chiaroscuro with red accents looks excellent!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mary Foxe

    At first, I thought I was supposed to take this purely as a sci-fi gritty reality. And then the dinosaurs showed up and I went, "Oh, wait, they are not taking themselves seriously. This is supposed to be fun!" A decent read. I am fine with where the collection ended, but if I stumble across a second I wouldn't mind picking it up.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    Pros: Different take on time travel. Color coded time periods definitely helped. Characters are surprisingly complex and relatable. Hari is my fav. Cons: resolution with Spear was very abrupt. While the paradox of Nila is interesting, I'm not sure how it will play out or if teens will like it very much. 3 1/2 stars

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Stewart

    Not a bad sci-fi comic. Love Albuquerque's art, as always. The story telling is fine, but it felt rushed late. As far as indie comics go, this is solid. It's not overly memorable at the end of the day... aside from the aforementioned art, which is top-tier.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    Its Jeff Smith's RASL meets HG Wells Time Machine and it is epic! The way the color tells you where you are in time is a subtle but cool way to give the reader a new way to read the book visually. Well done! Can't wait for the next one now!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    Great concept and Albuquerque's typical style keep this above your average graphic novel. Character design does mean that it's easy to guess the outcome of the story arc, but the ride to get there is still worth it.

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