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.
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.
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.
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.