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Byron Brewer

Review: The Traveler #6


Time is running out for the Traveler, and that is a strange predicament indeed for this time-controlling hero.

Desperate to find his lady-love, Julia Martin, the Traveler (Ron Lessik) came to scientist Nathan Edmonton for assistance. But his old friend’s lab was attacked by aliens apparently bent on capturing Ron, utilizing a strange teleportation gun.

By use of the same instrument in Traveler #6, our boy Ron finds himself transported from the cold of outer space to a castle owned by a voice from the past – Colding, now called Abaris!

The time-wielding hero is transported by Abaris to his personal prison for his enemies, a seeming pocket dimension not affected by time called Anachronopolis. Here, the Traveler finds himself among figures from out of human history, including (you guessed it) Amelia Earhart. (Every time tale in sci-fi franchises, from Time Tunnel to Star Trek, sooner or later guest stars Amelia, I think.) 

The famed lady pilot and the Traveler get along famously; it is really a joy to see her fly with Ron. But try as he might, the Traveler cannot escape this chronal trap. That is when he is told about Davvi, a beautiful jade alien woman trapped, apparently, in a web of her own old memories.

By using his temporal vision, the Traveler relives her whole life, discovering how fate led her to Anachronopolis. But the very reliving of the tale with the inclusion of new memories frees Davvi, and she sets off with Ron for a good, old fashioned prison break.

Unfortunately, Abaris gets word of the duo’s plan and absconds with Davvi, leaving our hero outside the prison he just broke out of – with need to break back in, back in to learn “the secret of the warps” which are destroying the universe and will destroy Abaris too, according to the captured Davvi.

I did not expect space adventure with this character and am delighted at how this second arc of the book has picked up while slowly revealing the secrets of the lead character. Marc Waid and Tom Peyer deliver a fast-paced script this time around and Chad Hardin has some kick-ass art that is very appealing to the eye and flows as the story does.

If this level of storytelling can be maintained, this Stan Lee property can deliver some good stuff for BOOM! Studios and readers as well.