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Review – Time Bomb #1

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Time Bomb, is not a “deep comic” but boy is it entertaining.  The first issue comes off as a fantastic cheesy blockbuster movie, one that’s highly entertaining and you can’t take too seriously.  This is the type of comic you’d love to spend a Sunday afternoon at the theater watching with popcorn dripping with butter.  Published by Radical Publishing the series is from Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray with art from Paul Gulacy and color by Rain Beredo.

From Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray (Jonah Hex), with interior illustrations from multi-award winning industry veteran Paul Gulacy!

When a hidden city is discovered beneath the streets of Berlin, Hitler’s ultimate doomsday weapon – an Omega bomb designed to wipe out the human race – is accidentally activated. Now, crews of specialists with state-of-the-art weapons and equipment must travel back in time to stop the bomb from going off. However, they soon discover that, rather than going back in time as intended, they’ve been sent back into the heart of Hitler’s Germany.

The series is full of the things you’d expect from a blockbuster.  The troubled heroes, the big mystery, and the crazy action to save the day.  This is Armageddon with time travel (and no Aerosmith soundtrack).  The build up is an interesting mystery and I have to say fairly unique and fun.  You know the action the heroes take will somehow wrap around to the mysteries of the beginning of the comic.

The characters are pretty cookie cutter and dialogue is nothing dramatic, but the series as a whole is over the top popcorn fun.  The comic is a Michael Bay film in comic form, in a good way.  It’s mindless fun, and perfect for to kick back and read in a summer afternoon.

Plot: This is a comic book you read for the fun of it.  Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray have put together a fun read.  The characters are pretty cheesy with all sorts of baggage and dialogue matching that, it’s all in good fun though.  This isn’t a comic you have to think to hard about or an emotional/cathartic ride, it’s plain fun.  As I said before, this is a summer popcorn blockbuster in comic form.  Rating: 7.75

Art: Paul Gulacy and color by Rain Beredo are a good combo when it comes to the art and color.  It’s nice to look at definitely has a few panels you linger on to check out.  Overall very solid work.  Rating: 7.5

Overall: Time Bomb is a popcorn comic book.  Three issues and you’re out with a big “save the human race” plot that involves time travel.  It’s over the top and fun to read.  Palmiotti and Gray are known for putting together quality work and this is no exception.  Overall rating: 7.75

Recommendation: Buy

Page count: 56 pages    Price: $4.99     Release: 7/28/2010

Radical Publishing provided Graphic Policy with an advance copy of this issue for FREE for review.

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Author:Brett Schenker

Brett is a political consultant who resides in Arlington, VA. He grew up in Cleveland, OH and Buffalo, NY and attended the University at Buffalo, majoring in Political Science. Since then Brett has made his mark on politics working in various positions such as a Legislative Staffer for the Erie County Legislature, Special Assistant for Senator John Kerry, as the Database Administrator for Forward Together PAC, Deputy Internet Director for Chris Dodd for President, and Internet/Database Director for Virginians for Brian Moran, and Email Deliverability Czar for Salsa Labs. In 2007 Brett formed 5B Consulting providing his expertise on database solutions, new media and email strategy. He's a long time geek, reading comics since he was a child and learning to spell his name on an Atari 800. When he's not working, he's reading comics, playing video games and relaxing with a nice cup of tea. You can follow him on Twitter @bhschenker


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