Skip to main content

REVIEW: 'Chrononauts' #4 by Mark Millar and Sean Murphy


Chrononauts #4 marks the conclusion of the fantastic time-traveling adventure miniseries and it goes out in grand style. The epic finish should make your jaw drop. Chrononauts is the comic book version of a summer blockbuster movie. An unapologetic display of big action sequences, flawed but charismatic leading men and dinosaurs. And like a lot of blockbusters it isn't perfect but it is thoroughly entertaining.

Since Corbin entered the time stream and Danny soon after him the two have been on a selfish self-indulgent tear through various eras in history, acquiring wealth and power while recklessly changing events. They soon become in over their heads when people around them figure out what they're doing leading to the two brilliant but irresponsible scientists getting captured. 

If that wasn't enough the people that helped send them on this journey want them back before they screw up any more of the timeline. They send their security detail to retrieve them, but the dynamic duo are basically the 'Dukes of Hazard' of time travel, outracing their pursuers through the time stream. 

This wild romp could have taken a more serious tone. The first issue presented Corbin living with many regrets while Danny was portrayed as a carefree soul who was loyal to his scientific colleague. Issues two and three showed more of a loss of conscience where neither wanted to return to the present  and would rather drive a sports car through ancient Rome, the Jurrasic period and feudal Japan. It became more like 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' meet 'Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.'

It made for some eye-poppin' artwork from Sean Murphy as he had to illustrate every era and encapsulate an entire period within one or two panels. Lesser artists would have crumbled at such a task. Murphy is probably your Eisner award winner for penciler this year. This is Meryl Streep donning a foreign accent in an Oscar-bait film. You know she's going to kill it and Murphy kills it from the first panel to the very last. You talk about letting an artist fly by tasking him with an ever-changing location, new era-appropriate character designs and even freaking dinosaurs, Murphy nails every cinematic scene with compact brilliance. He conquered every artistic challenge Mark Millar threw at him.

Colorist Matt Hollingsworth is no slouch either. The Eisner award winner has to cover the same ground as Murphy with distinctive colors for all those eras and costumes. If you're reading Wytches from Scott Snyder and Jock, you know Hollingsworth can do some eclectic visuals using an often psychedelic splatter effect. Here his colors are more straight forward but no less stunning. From the brilliance of pink and blue electricity of the first issue to the scorching hot sand of a merciless sun in the last issue, Hollingsworth paints each scene with a unique palette that is oftentimes monochromatic that helps to differentiate a new place and time. 

It's no wonder Chrononauts will be coming to a theater near you in the future. It's prime material to hit moviegoers with an epic time-traveling adventure full of spectacular visuals. It's what Millar does. His comic book adaptations keep coming and this might become the best one yet. It may not have a lot of depth, but it is the type of mindless summer action movie audiences will love. Danny and Corbin aren't entirely redeemed by the end, but they're likable enough to demand another volume. They mostly act as immature "bros" and reverse course rather abruptly, but it's not enough of  character flaws to dismiss this entertaining series. 

Chrononauts #4 ends a sweeping and exciting miniseries that is short and sweet. It's a blockbuster movie wrapped in sequential art. Millar's script enables Murphy to put on a clinic on how comic art is suppose to be - fearless and fun. It's worth every penny to own.


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Fred Van Lente & CAFU Decode ARMSTRONG AND THE VAULT OF SPIRITS #1

Valiant announces ARMSTRONG AND THE VAULT OF SPIRITS #1 – a hard-charging, standalone special coming this winter from New York Times best-selling writer Fred Van Lente (ARCHER & ARMSTRONG, Incredible Hercules) and red-hot rising star CAFU (RAPTURE)! On February 7th, join in a riotous celebration for the ages as Armstrong, for the very first time, uncorks the ancient mysteries of his centuries past – and dares his closest comrades into the adventure of several lifetimes!

Deep beneath New York City’s seediest dive bar, Armstrong – the hard-hitting, harder-partying immortal veteran of history’s greatest escapades – is hosting an invitation-only affair for his most beloved friends and allies! Archer… Ivar, Timewalker… Faith… Quantum and Woody… And special guests from across the Valiant Universe… All have been offered a seat at the table for a personally guided tour of Armstrong’s most valuable and tightly guarded treasure… From the Great Flood to ancient Greece to the height of the C…

REVIEW: 'Bonehead' #2 by Bryan Edward Hill, Rhoald Marcellius, and Sakti Yuwono

Bryan Hill pumps the brakes a little in the follow up to the fast-paced debut of 'Bonehead' with more great world building. The mystery surrounding Bonehead 56 deepens but we at least get some backstory and details about what his arrival means for a pair of brothers with opposing viewpoints.


BONEHEAD #2   
Writer: Bryan Edward Hill Artist: Rhoald Marcellius, Sakti Yuwono Letterer: Jaka Ady Graphics: Comolo Editor: Elena Salcedo Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: January 31, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99
Score:★★★★☆ (4/5)
After a thrilling video game-like first issue, issue two gives way to the brothers Kray. Aleph is a tech scientist examining the unconscious "56" and marveling at his abilities. He reminds him when his brother Hideki roamed the city as the vigilante Blackdeath. Hideki is a Gladiator (cop) now and he questions Aleph's methods with 56 and its legalities. Nonetheless, they need 56 to be free on the streets for now so they can monitor him. The brothers c…

REVIEW: 'Hit-Girl' #1 by Mark Millar and Ricardo Lopez Ortiz

Hit-Girl is most certainly back and as deadly and crazy as ever. She's gone international looking to fight injustice and find a worthy sidekick. Mark Millar is in top form with help from artists Ricardo Lopez Ortiz and Sunny Gho. The heart of the Kick-Ass legacy lives on as bloody and as thrilling as you remember.


HIT-GIRL #1
Writer: Mark Millar Artist: Ricardo Lopez Ortiz, Sunny Gho Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: February 21, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99
Score: ★★★★★ (5/5)
The retirement of Dave Lizewki as the original Kick-Ass has left a void in Mindy's crime-fighting life. Trying to recruit his replacement has been challenging to say the least. She's going to go it alone and taking her skills global as a cry for help leads her to Colombia.

Millar hits the floor running with a wild prison break, Mindy parting ways with an unworthy partner, and a grieving mother looking for justice. The sudden blitz back to the world of Kick-Ass is like comfort food for comic book fans. …

NEW COMIC BOOK DAY: Notable Releases 2/7/18

What a week in comics! There are so many great books out this week that I couldn't include them all on this list. Take a look at this killer's row of shiny new comics.



(W) Sean Murphy (A/CA) Sean Murphy
Jack's mind and body begin to betray him as he prepares for an inevitable showdown with Batman, and Bruce himself struggles to keep his team united. As the game gets tougher, Batman seeks counsel from a shocking source-and after Wayne Manor is infiltrated, a car chase for the ages aims to curb Napier's supercriminal crew once and for all.


(W) Paul Dini, James Robinson, Jeff Lemire, Steve Orlando, Mark Russell, Kyle Higgins, Alisa Kwitney, Phil Hester (A) Guillem March, Frazer Irving (A/CA) Kelley Jones
It's hard being a monster... and even harder being a monster in love. Sparks will fly and hearts will be broken when the ghouls and ghosts of the DC Universe assemble to bring you the Valentine's Day Special that no one saw coming!


(W) Tom King, Len Wein (A) Kell…

ADVANCE PREVIEW: 'BLACK [AF]: America's Sweetheart' by Kwanza Osajyefo and Jennifer Johnson

Can a black woman be America's first superhero?


Eli Franklin is a 15-year-old girl living in rural Montana--and she just happens to be the most powerful person on the planet.

In the aftermath of the world learning that only black people have superpowers, Eli makes her debut as the superhero Good Girl, on a mission to help people and quell the fear of empowered blacks.

When a super-terrorist threatens to take away everything Eli has worked toward, will donning a patriotic costume be enough for her to find acceptance?

America's Sweetheart expands BLACK into a universe of heroes.

BLACK [AF]: America's Sweetheart
Written by Kwanza Osajyefo (BLACK) and illustrated by next breakout artist Jennifer Johnson. With a gorgeous cover by Sho Murase. Letterer: David Sharpe
Designer: Tim Smith 3
Editor: Sarah Litt
Published by Black Mask Studios

Based on characters created by Osajyefo and Tim Smith 3 from the world established in BLACK, the breakout comic book series by Osajyefo and Smith, …