Skip to main content

REVIEW: 'Chrononauts' #2 by Mark Millar and Sean Murphy


The tonal shift in Chrononauts #2 by Mark Millar and Sean Murphy will either have you on board for the long haul or looking for the exit. In Millar fashion, things get outlandish and while it's fun and even exhilarating, logic has been lost in time. 

Danny emerges in the middle of a tribal war in 1504 only to find that the factions are using modern military weaponry and equipment. Confused and frightened, Danny is brought to the king - Corbin Quinn. His buddy and the man he was sent to bring back from the timestream has not only been taking liberties with his chronosuit, he's been making a fortune with it. 

It turns out, Corbin has been busy for four years actually, jumping from one era to another accumulating wealth and paramours along the way. He's also been introducing technology out of time. Anything to avoid the sorrowful trappings of the present day. He's a player, he's popular and having a blast all to the chagrin of the folks back at mission command. He even convinced Danny to join him, turn off his tracking device and join the time-traveling party. 

And that's where things get messy. Here you have two "bros" and it's understandable they'd want to travel across the history of the world and be witness to it all but they're also men of science. So it's one thing to visit baby Jesus and party with Lucky Luciano or date a pre-Marilyn Monroe, Norma Jean Baker but to do it on a whim, a fleeting joyride through time and space, for personal gain and enjoyment just seems meaningless. What becomes of the future when there's fighter jets in the Jurassic period or tanks in feudal Japan? How is the future not altered? Danny and Corbin certainly don't seem very concerned with how their actions might have negative consequences. It all rings hollow when it's all about fits and giggles for a pair of douchebags. 

Despite the disregard for logic and the shallowness of the leads, Chrononauts is still a blast. You just have to turn off your brain and enjoy the madness. 

One of the benefits of such a crazy story is giving a talented artist like Sean Murphy the room to show off and create a montage of panels from throughout history. He's well adept at staging an era-appropriate scene with authenticity from architecture to costuming. Matt Hollingsworth's colors breathe life into each time jump with a subtle but effective palette. The art is top notch from beginning to end. 

Are the guys headed for disaster once the fun is over? Absolutely. You know they're going to pay somehow for going rogue and disrupting the timestream. Chrononauts may not make a ton of sense, but it looks great and might be worth the picking up if for nothing else to see these clowns get what's coming to them. 



Comments

Popular posts from this blog

DC Comics March Movie Poster Variant Covers are Fantastic

DC Comics may have outdone themselves with their running themed variant covers for the month of March 2015. After some fun and gorgeous variants in 2014 like Darwin Cooke (December), LEGO (November), and Bombshells (June) to name a few DC Comics is continuing to bring some creative covers in 2015. January will feature Flash throughout the company line in celebration of his 75th Anniversary, February will bring everyone’s favorite wild card, Harley Quinn, on DC covers, and perhaps the best mash-ups of comics and famous movie posters will arrive in March.

WONDER WOMAN OF THE DAY: Fitness Model Gia Macool Embodies the Amazon Princess

The closest we'll ever get, probably, to superheroes in real life is through the great work of cosplayers. You see them at every pop culture convention from the very basic to extremely elaborate costume design. However, you don't have to be a cosplayer to enjoy dressing up as your favorite superhero from time to time. Take fitness model and entrepreneur Gia Macool for example. An accomplished fitness competitor and model, Macool is also a big fan of DC Comics' Wonder Woman. She shows her love of the iconic Amazon Princess in her fitness wear, meal prep accessories and even a full blown photo shoot in a Wonder Woman costume. 

For decades comics have featured very muscular superheroes, male and female, epitomizing the human form at its strongest. So when bodybuilders and fitness pros decide to suit up as these costumed heroes, they are the embodiment of those fictional characters in the flesh. Macool looks like she stepped out of the pages of a Wonder Woman comic with a suit …

New Sci-Fi Horror Series INFINITE DARK From Ryan Cady, Andrea Mutti, and K. Michael Russell Coming in October

Image/Top Cow announce an all-new, sinister ongoing science-fiction series—INFINITE DARK—by Ryan Cady and Andrea Mutti with colorist K. Michael Russell that will hit stores this October.


In INFINITE DARK, the universe has ended, but humanity has survived. For years, the passengers and crew of the vessel Orpheus found the endless void between realities to be a surprisingly peaceful home.

Then they found a body—bloodied, brutalized, and surrounded by inscrutable runes. As Security Director Deva Karrell investigates the Orpheus' first murder, she'll come face to face with a horror from beyond the confines of time itself…

INFINITE DARK #1 will launch from Top Cow/Image Comics this October 2018.

Fitness Women in Superhero Body Paint by J.M. Manion

J.M. Manion has long been a successful photographer covering the fitness and bodybuilding industry. He has photographed some of the strongest, well-defined physiques on the planet. He's also had a love of super-heroes and comic books. So much so that Manion began publishing his own comic book, Iron Siren Comics, featuring some of the fitness competitors he's covered as superheroes themselves. It's no wonder he sometimes incorporates superhero cosplay and body paint into photo shoots. Here are just some examples of his work:

REVIEW: 'Death or Glory' #2 by Rick Remender and Bengal

After a raucous debut, 'Death and Glory' takes a weird turn. Like a really weird turn. Imagine David Lynch and Quentin Tarantino had a baby and out came out issue two of this new series from Rick Remender and Bengal. The question is is that a good or bad thing?


DEATH OR GLORY #2  
Writer: Rick Remender Artist: Bengal Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: June 6, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99
Score: ★★★★☆ (4/5)
With a botched heist job, a bullet in her side, and all her money gone, Glory wrestles with what to do next. The cargo her ex-husband was trafficking wasn't drugs but people and after putting them all safely on a bus to Arizona, she's broke and being attended to by one of the Brazilians that stayed behind. Her scheme was pretty straight-forward - rob the money that the dirty sheriff was going to transport and use it for her dad's surgery. Easy peasy. Then it all went to hell as the sheriff recognized her, she dropped the money, and now no one is happy, not the sheri…