Action Lab Entertainment 2018
Written by Marcus Perry
Illustrated & Lettered by Tony Donley
After taking a quantum leap into the future to retrieve his stolen brain, Albert is hot on the trail of the temporal thief. So get ready for a blast to the past…
Doc Brown did this in the Back to the Future as he travelled through time to see periods that he fancied only this time around things are decidedly more deadly. I like the idea of the Time Mason’s playing on the whole mystery surround the Mason’s themselves. They are right up there with the Illuminati shrouded in mystery and intrigue only here they are so religiously based. Also there’s that talk about the Templar's becoming Mason’s after the Church had no more use for them. So what better organisation then the mysterious builders of the Masons to enshroud things even further? These guys really have stuck a chord and possibly some precious gems with this one.
The opening here is pretty effin spectacular. I love seeing Roman soldiers as they transport what appears to be the covenant of the ark to the Caspian Gates. While the boys have taken some liberties with how these things appear they still fulfil the purpose of the originals intent plus it has the added bonus of being something that readers will want to look will want to look up and see truth about. This is a huge advantage of doing a book like this in the all-ages spectrum of storytelling. While it’s somewhat historically accurate natural liberties were taken and overall this is superbly done and almost feels like a continuing alternate reality tale.
The way that this book is structured is exceedingly well done. The way that we see people and places introduced so that they keep the story moving forward with some great plot points is exciting to see. Also I adore the fact that we are seeing the depiction of this specific era in time being portrayed as they should be, smart and full of inventors creating things that we still look at today and wonder how it’s done. I mean there are buildings and monuments that we couldn’t reproduce today with all our vaunted technology and to see that here is prefect.
Huge, my hands are huge, fan of the interior artwork here as well. I love the way we see the way that the linework is manipulated through its varying weights to create some bloody marvellous attention to detail. That the mechanisation that we see so that these objects move is wonderfully done. Then to see Albert’s bat-cave in all it’s resplendent glory yeah it is completely wow factors the Nth degree. The utilisation of page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels shows off a stellar eye for storytelling. That we see backgrounds utilised as they are is a thing of beauty as well as it really does wonders in expanding the story and the size and scope of what we see. The colours too are wonderfully done as wee the gold and the bright colours throughout just add so much to story with their vibrancy.
One aspect of this book that I like is that Albert is no Sherlock Holmes. Meaning he isn’t much of a detective really, sure he’s smart and yes he’s got knowledge and some skill when it comes to fighting and getting away with things but his more reactionary then offensive in how we see him. This really isn’t a detriment just an observation but he’s going to have to become much faster on the up-tick if he’s going to find and take out his Nazi opponent. Who I want to see much more of soon because by all accounts he’s terribly interesting and a great adversary.
With a strong concept/premise and story/plot development intermingled with this level of characterisation makes for some fine almost old school pulp style reading. Add in these interiors and this what comics are all about and why we fell in love with the genre originally.