Review: Ivar, Timewalker #9

IVAR_009_COVER-A_ALLENAs history falls apart around her, only one man can help Neela Sethi save Ivar’s life – and time itself, and that man is…Ivar! Wait…what?!

If that brief synopsis from Valiant sounds like it’s confusing, well you’re not the only one thinking that; but aside from it sounding slightly confusing, it also pulled at my love of time travel stories, and with Ivar, Timewalker #9 being the start of a new story arc for the series, that was all the motivation I needed to hop on board with this series.

This issue opens millenia ago, finding Ivar Anni-Padda and his brother Aram grieving over the death of their younger brother Gilad, before Ivar is whisked off to another time. Obviously, I’m not as familiar with this series, or character, as I am with some of the other characters and series in the Valiant Universe, so I relied heavily on the recap page to get up to speed with the characters and story so far. It wasn’t as effective a recap page as some of the other Valiant comics I’ve been reading lately, but it does the job.

What I was genuinely surprised at with this issue was how easily it was to understand what was happening; a large part of that was down to the introduction of a new incarnation of Ivar, putting new readers in the same shoes as the  new Timewalker. The way in which time travel has been handled this issue (and I presume the series as a whole, but as this is my first issue, I can’t honestly back that up) is refreshing; it isn’t horribly confusing, and yet it isn’t overly simple either. Indeed the time travel mechanic worked  with very minor explanation, allowing Fred Van Lente to move the story on without needing to waste precious page space on reminding new and long term readers how it works, and that is a good thing.

Ivar, Timewalker #9 is honestly fantastic. There were several moments during the comic that had me laughing and smiling. Why I haven’t been reading this since the first issue is utterly beyond me.

Pere Perez is able to capture the both the facial and physical expressions of the young Ivar in such a way that in conjunction with the characterization that’s provided by Fred Van Lente‘s dialogue by the end of the issue you feel as though you’ve known the younger Ivar for more than just one issue. On top of that, as I already mentioned, this issue is funny. And that last page? Oh man. I don’t want to give anything away about this issue, but that last page is probably going to be one of the most epic things I’ll see in comics this week.

It’s no secret to any who have read any of the reviews I’ve written about Valiant‘s offerings over the past few months that I’ve become a fan of the publishers comics, often recommending that you read or buy them as and when you can; this issue is absolutely no exception to that rule.

Story Fred Van Lente Art: Pere Perez Colors: Andrew Dalhouse
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant Entertainment provided Graphic Policy a FREE copy for review.