Twenty Harvey Award nominations can’t be wrong, folks! Valiant Entertainment is indeed on fire this year and it’s books like Ivar, Timewalker #7 that show off how grand and diverse their entire line can be. Once again, the limitless possibilities of action, adventure and humor in a time travel story are showcased in the latest chapter of the “Breaking History”.
WRITTEN BY: Fred Van Lente
ART BY: Francis Portela
PUBLISHER: Valiant Entertainment
RELEASE: 22 July 2015
Readers, writer Fred Van Lente knows how to make this series easy to read and understand what’s going on month in and month out. That makes this mighty impressive storytelling. Not only that, his dialogue always makes it a difficult choice for a favorite.
This month’s best line winner goes to the charming and time-displaced Amelia Earhart: “Dammit, Ivar, I was born in 1897! I got no idea what you’re yammerin’ on about!” I know from experience that when some people hear the words time and travel, they think along these lines too. I can concede that this can happen from time to time in this type of story. With so many different eras, characters, versions of the same person, concepts and actions and consequences spinning around Ivar and his bros, it can seem to be a daunting book to get into. All that said, you can feel the fun pour out of this book page by page. Even the above variant cover knows how to have fun!
Lucky for us, Van Lente and artist Francis Portela and colorist Andrew Dalhouse know how to make time travel truly an engaging feast for your eyeballs. They excel at the big epic space scenery, their action sequences are tight as well as throwing up space chunks for humor. Every month, I’m surprised at what Ivar and Neela are doing and where they end up. If a series continues to do that regularly, you know you’re reading something special.
I think I may have an apt description for this series: huge space epic with a lot of hilarity, double-talking and half-ass heroism thrown in for good measure. As dire as the end of time and space seems to loom over our titular hero, Ivar, Timewalker #7 continues to not make it seem too ominous and doomy-gloomy. Like all the good parts of Back to the Future, it’s an adventurous series worth your time.
Score: 8.5/10 Skulls
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