Synopsis: In The Storm. Immersed in 1492 as an undercover crewman, Tad—a brilliant Lakota linguist and wildly unqualified avenger—must rally from the tragic consequences of his early actions on board and recommit to spilling the admiral’s blood before landfall. In the year 2112, ringleader Yellow Kid and headstrong Sosh encounter a haunting sign of Tad’s progress in the past, and back at the cave portal, Emily watches her back as her suspicion of Yellow Kid skyrockets.
Having gotten to 1492 in the last issue and successfully gotten onto one of Columbus’s ships on their journey to the Americas. Tad made a few mistakes while trying to fit in with the crew and he continues to do so. As a result of his actions, he has been directly and indirectly involved in a few deaths of crewmates. The latest of which is when a young kid. The Ships Boy goes overboard and dies due to the fact that Columbus forbade any attempts to rescue him. Added to this is a Storm, which forces Columbus to turn the ships back and head for the Canary Islands. The trouble is that wasn’t a storm at this point in the original timeline, which leads Tad to think that the storm is out to get rid of him given that he has come to 1492 from the future.
In 2112 Yellow Kid and Sosh come across a few signs of Tad’s progress and debate what possible changes to the timeline could mean.
Davide Gianfelice pulls off some cracking artwork in this issue, which is enhanced by some fantastic colorwork from Joana Lafuente. During the sequences set in 1492 we get some brutal imagery in the bits where Tad is visualizing how he will kill Columbus whenever he sees a potential opportunity to do so. But the image of the boy drowning at sea and having his eye pecked out by a bird is both horrible and beautiful at the same time.
Also great is the landscape that acts as the backdrop for most of the panels set in the future.
I’m still liking this story, but at times finding the jumps between 2112 and 1492 a bit difficult to process in that I seem to be comprehending the storyline in 1492 a little better than I am taking in what is happening in 2112. But my guess is this is in part due to the fact that we are waiting for some events in 1492 to effect and change what is happening in 2112. So I think it will eventually start to make sense to me when these events happen.
Am loving the conversations between Sosh and Yellow Kid that speculate about what might happen if they change things for the worse. Would they go back again and try and change that?