Comic Review: Comeback

Trade Paperback
Written by Ed Brisson
Illustrated by Michael Walsh
Colored by Jordie Bellaire
Cover by Michael Walsh
Image Comics
Release Date: May 8, 2013
Cover Price: $14.99

I love a good time travel story; especially one that can offer up a few unique aspects to said genre. Comeback is one such book. Written by Ed Brisson with art by Michael Walsh, Comeback combines an array of classic time travel notions mixed with original ideas into one captivating thrill of a ride.

Reconnect is a time travel organization that helps affluent individuals “” because this type of business does not come cheap “” to save loved ones; but there is more to the institute than even their own employees know. Two months after Kelly, the wife of an extremely wealthy man, dies in an automobile accident, he hires Reconnect to go back in time to save her life. Mark and Seth, Reconnect’s top two operatives are sent back to get the job done. While in the past, it is revealed to Mark through an email sent from present time that their mission has been compromised and to trust no one. Stuck in a previous timeline, their regular assignment quickly takes a fateful turn when the FBI “” both in the past and present “” gathers information about Reconnect to bring down their illegal operation. To make matters worse, someone whom Mark and Seth are both very close to might in fact be the FBI’s informant.

Brisson’s story is well crafted. Considering time travel hasn’t actually happened “” at least that we know of “” his understanding of time travel dynamics is outstanding while his implied consequences and variable outcomes for such an activity are believable and not too difficult to follow. All characters are written with distinct voices and gracefully connect to one another. Brisson also offers some great extras after the initial story including: what went into the storyboards, cover and character designs and the creator’s pitch to Image.

Walsh’s illustrations are perfect for Comeback. His drawings “” which at times seem more like exceptional sketches “” give an almost unfinished, broken feel fitting beautifully with that of a distorted timeline. Let’s not forget Jordie Bellaire, who uses a vivid combination of glum and bright colors with deep shading that give the comic the texture of an everyday life that’s slightly askew.

Do you like the concept of time travel? Do you enjoy sitting on the edge of your seat, wincing and biting your nails as the book you’re reading builds up suspense with each page? If so, you owe it to yourself to get your hands on a copy of Comeback “” even if you need to alter time to do it.

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