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4LN Comic Review: Chrononauts #1

Series: Chrononauts
Writer: Mark Miller
Artist: Sean Gordon Murphy
Colorist: Matt Hollingsworth

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Summary from Comixology: From MARK MILLAR (Kick-Ass) and SEAN GORDON MURPHY (Punk Rock Jesus) comes a bromance for the ages! Corbin Quinn and Danny Reilly are two buddies who love to have fun. They’re also scientific geniuses. When their research leads them to a time-traveling adventure, will they use their knowledge for the good of all mankind? Or use the space-time continuum for their own ends? This is the story of man’s first, televised steps through the time-stream and everything going wrong in the process.

Overview:
I haven’t heard much about this series, and I was browsing Comixology looking for a review and this caught my eye. I’m not the biggest fan of Mark Miller, I don’t love him and I don’t hate him. But, I am a big fan of Sean Murphy and his work on Punk Rock Jesus & The Wake. It was pretty much his name on this book that sold it for me. If you like time travel and what not, this book is great for you. I’m not a fan of time travel so I have a bit of a bias with this subject.

Highs:
Sean Gordon Murphy and Matt Hollingsworth are a great team and I love seeing them working together. The art is truly what sold this book for me. It was really the best thing about it. A few pages looked absolutely beautiful and breath taking. I also really enjoyed the dynamic between the two main guys, Corbin and Danny. They just seemed like a couple of bros who you could slam a beer or two with and then they would ditch you for a some girl they think is cute. What I’m getting at is they are science douchebags. And it really works. So that’s good, I guess?

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Lows:
When I messaged the 4LN wasteland of a Facebook Messenger thread, they asked how I liked Chrononauts, and my rely was simple; it was “Mediocre and predictable.” Lately Image #1’s have been on fire and a great read. This book however, just didn’t capture me like other books have. How many stories have we had about people traveling in time, getting lost in time, needing rescue and all of this resulting in some dire circumstances for those of us left on the normal Earth? I’m going to sound brutal, but it’s honestly how I feel about this book, there was nothing special or unique about this issue. I don’t plan on seeing what happens in issue #2, because I feel like I already know what’s going to happen.

The Final Say:
IF you like time travel and science fiction, give this book a try. It was a fun little read, and for $2.99 you really can’t go wrong with this. Overall, I have to personally give this book a 3 out of 5. That sounds harsh but I feel like that’s what it deserves. Sean and Matt saved the book for me, if they weren’t on the title, I don’t know of I would have finished the issue. Mark Miller’s writing just isn’t enough for me. I honestly feel that “mediocre and predictable” is the best way to describe this book. Let us know how you feel about this series in the comments below. Loved it, or hated it, let us know your thoughts!

Music Pairing:
I’m going to go with a post-rock instrumental band called Make Do Say Think for this book. Since it’s all about time travel and exploring, I recommend their song “The Universe” to help capture the emotion and feeling of getting lost in time.

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