Friday, January 27, 2017
author: Patrick Keller
average rating: 2.30
book published: 2017
read at: 2017/01/27
date added: 2017/01/27
'Time Share' by Patrick Keller with art by Dan McDaid is a goofy time travel graphic novel. While most time travel stories tend to veer around incoherence, this one charges right into it. Unfortunately for the reader.
When we meet Ollie Finch at the beginning of the book, the scene seems very familiar. He is being given instructions for accelerating his car to a precise speed to get back to where he came from. This isn't where the time travel references end. Ollie's trip is cut short by the appearance of a large naked man who appears to be a cyborg, named Teddy. He is soon joined by a few other strange folks, a 19th century inventor, a soldier from the future, a Time Master with his own time travel machine (which is oddly bigger on the inside), and Ollie's ex-girlfriend.
The story loops around on itself. Sometimes the panels don't make sense, then are explained by a flashback or a scene where our characters travel back to the scene we just read. Other times the panels don't make sense, and the reader is left to scratch their head and move along. There is some extraordinarily bad juvenile humor. When I say bad, I mean stupid.
In spite of that, I really liked Dan McDaid's artwork. The lines are clean, and the characters have a distinct look to them. I like cyborg Teddy's silly puppy dog smile as he crashes his way through things. Unfortunately, it's hard to recommend this based on the art alone.
I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Oni Press, Diamond Book Distributors, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.
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