This year, I decided to do something different for Fred Van Lente Day, I’m going to review one issue of Ivar, Timewalker a day, leading up to Fred Van Lente Day!
We continue with Ivar, Timewalker #2, by Fred Van Lente, Clayton Henry and Brian Reber (with Robert Gill)…
The second issue begins an impressively ambitious stretch of issues that seeks to quickly address the various rules of time traveling and the basic set-up of their travels through time.
In the first issue, we met Neela, a scientist who was about to invent time travel. At the beginning of this issue, we see that her motives for doing so were based on a desire to change something that occurred in the past. In this issue, then, Ivar tries to explain to her the strong power of time and how difficult it actually IS to change notable aspects of the past. He does so in an exercise he calls, “Let’s NOT kill Hitler!”
They travel to the past, where he also explains how it is that time-travelers all can blend into the past so well…
(While this is a clever bit period, I especially like the Woody Allen reference for the name of the device – Zelig is a neat movie) Van Lente continues to do a wonderful job mixing in interesting pieces of history into the time traveling stories.
During his run on Archer and Armstrong, Van Lente did a really good job at inventing stand-out minor characters and he does so big-time in this issue, where me meet one of these asshole time travelers from the future where social media has become sentient, so they are these jerky guys who treat everyone like shit because they’re “noobs.” One of these guys messes up with Ivar and Neela’s way home in this issue, leading them stuck behind Nazi lines during World War II, where we run into a familiar face who is quite aware that there is something out of the ordinary about Neela.
Robert Gill steps in to do a sequence set during World War I, and he flows into the work seemlessly. I imagine that is due to Reber’s colors. Henry and Reber do their typical excellent job on art – they really capture the feel of the various time periods.
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