Ivar Timewalker #2 continues the mix of humor and adventure that started with the first issue as Ivar gives the bewildered Neela a whirlwind tour of time coupled with a rapid-fire explanation about why it is not possible to interfere with history. Unfortunately for them, there is nothing to stop people from interfering with time travelers.
Van Lente crafts a plausible reason for Ivar and his companions to be able to travel through so many periods without warping history beyond recognition. He also shows that, while Ivar is being honest so far as things go, he is also deftly mis-directing Neela’s attention and keeping her off-balance. This issue also contains a couple of unexpected twists, things that give even the veteran time traveler trouble. There’s also a welcome surprise for readers near the end. It’s a little hard to get a bead on Neela’s character just yet; right now, she is too unsettled for much else to come through—although it is evident that she is no fool, and Ivar might be underestimating her.
Clayton Henry is tasked with drawing a variety of eras and environments, making each of them distinctive enough that the reader can take them in in a moment. This time, the tour includes the Carboniferous period multiple millions of years ago, Viena in 1909, the Somme in 1916, and some as-yet unidentified point in the future. He draws the giant insects of the Carboniferous, the proper attire for a woman in 1909 Vienna, and numerous variously garbed and grown time-travelers zipping through those periods. He also keeps Ivan looking as sincere as possible while Neela moves from bewilderment to annoyance to fear and back again.
Ivar Timewalker is an off-kilter look at time travel and what it means and is recommended for fans of The Time Machine and its descendants.
Writer: Fred Van Lente
Artist: Clayton Henry
Cover Artist: Raul Allen, Brian Level, Pere Perez, Ramon Villalobos