In Review: Chrononauts Graphic Novel

Corbin Quinn and Danny Reilly are two red-blooded American guys who also happen to be scientific geniuses. With the whole world watching, they embark on the world's first time-travel experiment.

Synopsis: Corbin Quinn and Danny Reilly are two red-blooded American guys who also happen to be scientific geniuses. With the whole world watching, they embark on the world’s first time-travel experiment. But when their planned routine goes off-course, they’re left to fend for themselves – leading to an era-hopping adventure! From ancient Rome to the roaring twenties to the 1980s music scene, Corbin and Danny wreak havoc with the time stream, score front-row seats to the world’s wildest events, and get into hijinks with history’s scariest villains. But is it worth the price, when they have unresolved problems to address back home in the present day – and a team of angry bosses ready to do whatever it takes to rein them in?

Review: Having read a number of Mark Millar’s past comics I was kind of expecting a fun ride, but this book is the best ride ever.

When I first got the press release for ‘Chrononauts’ a few weeks ago. A friend commented that it was basically ‘Time Tunnel’. Well in a sense they were right, but ‘Time Tunnel’ wasn’t as fun or fast paced.

For this book Millar obviously asked himself about what fun he could have if he invented a time machine. Its sort of like Biff in ‘Back To the Future’ finding Marty’s sports almanac and placing bets – only with this story Millar takes things much further.

You have fast sports cars, tanks and F14 fighter jets hanging around in the 1500’s and its all thanks to Corbin’s devil may car attitude brought on by his feelings of being cheated out of a good relationship with his wife and father due to the fact that he’s thrown himself into inventing time travel at the expense of being able to have fun and his personal relationships.

His mate Danny comes along for the ride, but initially tries to talk Corbin out of messing with the time stream.

Eventually things become so messed up that our two lead character have to fix things and try to put things back as they were for the greater good, but even that holds some unfortunate consequences for one of them.

The art work is as manic and breakneck as the stories plotting. The jokes and one liners are thick and fast, which is what you’d expect. Its obvious when you read this that Millar and artist Sean Gordon Murphy were on the same page when constructing this story.

Some may find the story to be a little shallow and perhaps not as complex as they’d like, which is fine, but if your after a fun read and a few chuckles along the way. You can’t really can’t go wrong with this book. At the end of the day it depends on what you are after in your comics. Some may want serious epics while others may want a fast paced adventure story. This is the latter.

The art depicting the different time lines is breath taking. I particularly enjoyed the huge chase sequence where Corbin and Danny were being chased throughout history by Mannix. That chase sequence alone would probably take up a majority of the budget if this were to be made into a movie.

Released on 22 September this is a great book to add to your collection if your a fan of Mark Millar’s blend of action and adventure. I’d also recommend it as a great introduction to Millar’s work in comics for those that have never tried it.

9.1
Chrononauts Graphic Novel
  • Frantic pacing, fast chases through history and plenty of laughs
  • Some readers may find the story to be shallow.
  • Story
    9.0
  • Art
    10
  • Lettering
    9.0
  • Colours
    8.5

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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