In Review: Earthdivers #4

After his mesmerizing prediction comes to pass, Tad is embraced as a holy messenger and invited into Christopher Columbus’ inner circle to help guide the expedition to the “New World.”
Earthdivers

Synopsis: This month in Earthdivers. After his mesmerizing prediction comes to pass, Tad is embraced as a holy messenger and invited into Christopher Columbus’ inner circle to help guide the expedition to the “New World.” There should be no better time to strike than in such close quarters with the enemy, but Tad struggles to act as he discovers the common ground between them. In 2112, the fate of the future hangs in the balance. Sosh and Yellow Kid’s plan is interrupted by a hauntingly familiar face, and Emily threatens to weaponize the time-travel cave when her post comes under attack by a roving crew out for blood.

 

The Story

Being held prisoner on the Nina. Tad is struggling to execute his mission. But gets some advice from a Goat that somehow knows what tad has come to 1492 to do. When called upon by Columbus for help on the mission to discover the Americas. Tad is somewhat reluctant and destroys the great navigator’s sextant before launching a tirade about how his discovery of America impacts the lives of all the native peoples. Dismissing Tad as a madman. Columbus has him sent back to Nina’s brig as he may have use for him later.

 

The Artwork

Davide Gianfelice and Joana Lafuente do some brilliant work in this book. Gianfelice’s line work is superb and Lafuente’s colors really elevate the work. The panels at the start where Tad is talking to the goat are really well-framed and also kind of weird. I mean he’s talking with a goat. I loved the level of detail we see in Columbus living quarters as well as the school library in 2112. In short this is one of the best-drawn comics out there.

 

Overall

As far as story progression goes. This issue is a tad slow as it deals a lot with Tad being a prisoner and getting severely beaten by Columbus’s men. But not severely enough for him to be not any use. The segments set in 2112 take an interesting turn when Emily sees the time-travel device as an opportunity to completely reset time.

9.7
Earthdivers #4
  • Covers
    9.8
  • Story
    9.3
  • Artwork
    10
  • Lettering
    9.5
  • Colours
    10

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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