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Time Bomb (Tiime Bomb) Paperback – March 22, 2011
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Jimmy Palmiotti is a writer, editor, creator and multi award-winning character creator with a wide range of experience in advertising, production, consulting, editorial, film writing, development and production, media presentation and video game development. Just a few of his clients include Marvel comics, D.C. comics, Nike, Nickelodeon, Universal, Disney, Warner Bros., DreamWorks, Lion's Gate, Vidmark, Starz, Fox Atomic, New Line, Spike, MTV, 2kgames, Midway, Activision and THQ.
Justin Gray has written for film, television, video games as well as several of the major graphic novel publishers such as Marvel, DC, IDW and Radical Publishing. His credits include Speed Racer: The Next Generation animated show for the Nicktoons network, the motion picture Deadspace and Mortal Kombat VS DC Universe video game. In addition, Justin writes for three different children's magazines under the USKids publishing banner.
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Palmiotti and Grey have a winner here, with a politically topical framework diving head over heels into an adventure story hipdeep in science fiction and the ugliest sides of war. Their premise is unbelievably grim, but maintained in presentation with a realistic, albeit glib, style. The characters are all with well-formed personalities, but the atmosphere compels the reader to acknowledge the feeling that this is the kind of action-packed no holds barred plot that may not be at all kind to its stars. Great banter, intelligent exposition, and a sweet cliffhanger ending for this first issue.
Gulacy is a master at what he does. He's been steadily working for more than thirty years and his style is so good it hasn't seen much reason for change. Although in the past few years, some genius editors have realized how much more solid even his work can be when paired with craftsmen inkers and colorists, and that is exactly what he has here with Yoakum (whose work has grown immensely since his early days long ago at Defiant) and Beredo (who worked over Gulacy on the Penance mini-series not too long back). This is as cool a team as art teams can possibly be, and the total package here has already proven that this will be one drunken rollercoaster of a series.
Lots of shooting and some naughty words, this is by no means for the kids, but for longtime fans of Gulacy's work, and for those who enjoy seeing Palmiotti and Grey cut loose from the Big Two, this is the way to fly. A rock-solid setup to what will undoubtedly be an eventful thriller, Time Bomb is worth the money. (It's actually double the page count of a standard monthly, for almost the same price. So yea- very worthwhile). I cannot wait to see where this goes.
How do they decide to stop it and save the human race? Simple: by sending a team of operatives back in time a few years to tell Berlin officials not to dig in that area in the first place. But time travel is an inexact science and the team soon finds itself in 1945 Germany, at the tail end of World War II, behind enemy lines, with a chance to stop the missile before it even completed.
Yes, it's an improbable plot, but that doesn't stop authors Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray and artist Paul Gulacy from turning it into a nonstop thrill ride of a graphic novel. Time Bomb is like a science-fiction action movie between paper covers. After just a few pages of setup, the story kicks into high gear and never lets up. There's gunplay, plot twists, sex, sweat, death, torture, James Bond-type gadgets, heroic sacrifices, explosions, quirky characters, a mad-scientist villain (complete with goatee and facial scar), and plenty of dead Nazis.
Palmiotti and Gray have created a pretty good team of characters to fill the book. They're dangerous killers, but with enough personality to make them good heroes (or at least heroic enough in the face of their dangerous mission). Although the major plot twist/secret reveal two-thirds of the way through the book is obvious from the first chapter, there are enough other twists and turns in the story to keep readers off their toes.
And of course, if you're going to tell a comics story full of tough guys, sexy women, guns, explosions, and Nazis, there's no better artist to turn to than Paul Gulacy. He set the tone for series like this in the 1970s with Master of Kung-Fu, and he's gotten better at it every year since. Gulacy's one weakness as an artist is in depicting emotion: His characters' expressions rarely vary from their tight-lipped stony coldness. There are a few scenes in this book that might have elicited more empathy for the characters if they had shown the slightest bit of pain, interest, fear, or even pleasure, but on the other hand, this isn't the type of story that relies upon those types of moments. It's full speed ahead, and damn the consequences.
Time Bomb is pulpy fun. Ultimately, it doesn't make a lick of sense, but what science-fiction action movie does? It's an adventure--a good, solid, done-in-one read that entertains. If that's what you're in the mood for, then look no further.
Reviewed by John R. Platt
Great job team!