Review: Ivar, Timewalker #1

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IVAR_001_VARIANT_KITSONIvar Ani-Padda, the eldest of the Ani-Padda brothers, comes into play in Ivar, Timewalker #1 when he appears in Dr. Neela Sethi’s laboratory to inform her that she is about to invent time travel and that her life is in danger. She reacts about as well as most people would do if a stranger showed up and told them to abandon their life’s work and run away with him.

Once convinced to run, she adjusts fairly well—although still bewildered, she is ready to argue with Ivar over time travel protocol, his intentions, and her future. The rest of the book takes full advantage of the premise as the two run through multiple time periods in quick succession, stopping briefly in 41st century Japan, long enough for a short Rai cameo (not the only cameo in the book) and a fuller discussion of just what is going on. The story ends with a surprising twist that leaves the future of the story open to anything.

Clayton Henry and Brian Reber do their usual excellent job artistically. The panels portraying the journey are both beautifully executed and positioned in a way that reflects Neela’s confusion and disorientation. Ivar is given a lot of character with his expressions and actions: He moves from sincere, to reckless, to serious, to concerned very well. The question is: Does he mean it? Neela, too, emerges as a full character with her own range of responses.

Ivar, Timewalker #1 is a strong beginning to a new series introducing an interesting new new pair of characters. It also explains why pens and other small objects disappear so often and so easily.

Writer: Fred Van Lente
Artist: Clayton Henry
Colorist: Brian Reber
Letters: Dave Sharpe
Covers: Raul Allen, Jorge Molina, Barry Kitson & Brian Reber, Clayton Henry & Tom Muller

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