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[Review] ‘Ivar, Timewalker’ #9 Resets the Series and Brings the Wacky to Time Travel

With this month’s Ivar, Timewalker #9, “Breaking History” is over. Now the start of “Ending History” begins and what a start it is. This time travel epic is throwing everything into this new arc with no signs of slowing down.

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WRITTEN BY: Fred Van Lente

ART BY: Pere Perez

PUBLISHER: Valiant Entertainment

PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: 16 September 2015

If you’ve sampled some of the fine work being done in the books of the Valiant Universe line, you’ll no doubt recognize the opening scene from Archer & Armstrong. It’s a pivotal moment in history that shaped their world for centuries to come. Naturally, this is a perfect place for Neela Sethi, our nascent time traveler / future ender of everything (maybe) to yank our presently dead titular character, Ivar, by his loincloth into stopping the end of all existence. Got all that? Good.

 

Writer Fred Van Lente continues the frenetic and frenzied pace of this series unabated by the fact that the main enigmatic hero this book is titled after is well…dead. Somehow that doesn’t slow things down at all. In fact, roles are reversed in this chapter and the Timewalker has to be schooled in his own ways by his latest recruit.

 

On top of all that, artist Pere Perez is given the enviable task of bringing multiple alterniverses to life. There are some gems strewn across the pages including some nicely satirical looks at some professional sports teams. Let’s just say with the NFL season just getting underway, this issue is very well timed indeed. Plus there are dinosaurs you totally have to see to believe.

 

Ivar, Timewalker #9 feels almost like a restart of the title in some ways. It also feels like a chicken-or-the-egg scenario: is the Timewalker born first or was he made first? All this time travel can make one’s head spin so don’t think too hard about paradoxes and you’ll absolutely enjoy this latest and greatest issue.

 

Score: 9/10 Skulls

 

Mr. Steele enjoys all things comics and imagination-based. Using his lifetime of comic-fu-dom for good, he imparts his knowledge for the universe to enjoy and for you, dear readers, to pass it on.

 

Twitter: @mrbradysteele

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