Synopsis: This month in Earthdivers. The Indigenous chrononauts’ plot to sabotage the mission to the so-called New World takes a strange turn. Reeling from disaster, the Niña’s crew places Tad under lock and key and Columbus develops a disturbing personal interest in his would-be assassin. As the admiral lets down his guard to decide if this prisoner is a godsend or Satan himself, Tad moves to make the most of the situation. But as his influence on the past intensifies, his wife and friends in 2112 find themselves in the crosshairs of a new history.
Picking up from the last issue. Tad has been captured by Columbus and detained pending questioning. Meanwhile, in the future, Emily gets a visit from a mysterious Elder who has been using the same cave that Tad used to Time Travel back to 1492. The elder tells Emily about his efforts to use time travel to reconnect with his dead wife for one last time. He also reveals what happened to Emily’s other friends that went to the school to check the history books to see if Tad succeeded in his mission.
Meanwhile back in 1492 Tad uses his knowledge of events to try and persuade Columbus that he can be trusted.
Davide Gianfelice and Joana Lafuente continue to produce some stunning visuals for this book. I particularly loved the image of Columbus, Tad, and Gunny viewing the fire in the sky, which is used by Tad to try and get into Columbus’s good graces so he can kill him. The artwork combined with the beautiful use of colors makes this a visually stunning treat.
This was a really strong issue that took time to tell a smaller story within the larger story. I really enjoyed the interplay between Emily and this mysterious Native American Elder who just pretty much shows up out of nowhere. I also enjoyed how the elder was kind of noncommital when answering Emily’s question about whether or not Tad had succeeded.
Overall. This is the best issue to date.