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Byron Brewer

Review: Stan Lee's The Traveler #7


If you are tired of your cosmic stories (such as they are these days) full of talking heads and unclaimed potential, sign on as a reader of Stan Lee’s Traveler. I assure you that you will find few talking heads and mined potential aplenty!

Last issue, the Traveler (Ron Lessik) and his companion in crime, Daavi (a beautiful jade alien woman once trapped, apparently, in a web of her own old memories) discover an escape route out of the prison dimension of the villain Abaris known only as “Anachronopolis.” But just as the duo escaped, Daavi was dragged back in by a being called the Time Eater.

What is our time-manipulating hero to do?

Well, if you are Ron Lessik you throw everything you have at the prison barrier and then, very humanly, calm down and think. (Anyone remember these same actions from old issues of Silver Surfer?)

If his perceptions are tainted, why not use those of another? The Traveler had absorbed Daavi’s memories in Rogue-esque fashion (sort of) to free the green woman; now our hero follows those fading memories to her former abode to see if therein lays a solution. Unfortunately, Abaris has learned of the Traveler’s freedom and sent his thralls (who seem to be among the “Time-Lost”) to take the time manipulator “alive, but not necessarily unhurt.”

Meanwhile, the corralled Daavi finds herself amid a party of the Time-Lost, led by Amelia Earhart. Using her keen brain and the bravery of the captured who are suddenly offered hope, Daavi plots an escape from Anachronopolis that leads to more than a few dangers for the group -- barely escaping Abaris’ Shock Force in the process!

As that occurs, the Traveler eventually manipulates his way to what he thinks is Earth. But what he finds is even more shocking than the forces facing Daavi and the Time-Lost!

Writers Mark Waid and Tom Peyer have excellent pacing and dialogue as this action-packed sci-fi story zips along, never a dull moment. But do not think character development gets lost here; quite to the contrary. Artist Chad Hardin, aided by colorist Chris Beckett, keeps everything moving in a frenetic pace with clean lines and a clear direction.

BOOM! Studios could have done a lot worse with this property. Luckily, they chose a crew that is doing Stan’s creation right.