In Review: Back To The Future #18

TWO SECONDS! Doc Brown faces the gravest danger he's ever encountered

Synopsis: TWO SECONDS! Doc Brown faces the gravest danger he’s ever encountered—he forgot his anniversary! So, he tells Clara he’ll be back in two seconds and cranks up the flux capacitor—after all, what could go wrong? Unfortunately for Doc… everything.

Review: John Barber and Bob Gale continue their ongoing Back To The Future comic with a fun story, which is told in the past tenths.

While working on the time machine with former enemy and new found friend Professor Irving. Doc learns that his companion has a date and proceeds to tell Irving a story about a time when he forgot about his anniversary and time travelled to 2017 to buy her an anniversary gift and also get some hover wheels for the time machine.

The story illustrates the point. That when a woman says it doesn’t matter. It most often times does matter.

This is a fun little story, which involves Doc’s young son Verne as well as his other family. But the one thing missing was Marty.

It was a bit strange reading a Back To The Future story where Marty is not around. But at the same time it was a fun story that allowed for some of the comics lesser used characters to have some time in the sun.

The art work by Marcelo Ferreira is fantastic throughout the book. I loved the costumes that Griff’s gang were wearing in 2017. There’s a nice little nod here to the Darth Vader scene from the first Back To The Future movie.

Also referenced was Mart McFly’s father being a successful science fiction writer. While hanging out in 2017 Doc makes reference to the fact that it is very hard to get a first addiction of George McFly’s greatest science fiction book, which was loosely based on his and Marty’s first adventure in the time machine.

Overall this is a fun story with lots of fun references, but it only really works as a bit of filler as in a one shot to buy us some time until the comics next big story arc.

Back To The Future #18
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