|Chrononauts #1 cover |
by Sean Murphy and Matt Hollingsworth
Especially on live global television…
This is the sort of daring and intriguing plug that introduces readers to the latest collaboration from co-creators Mark Millar and Sean Murphy, Chrononauts.
The first issue in this series stakes a quick claim as to its intent and direction. This is a slightly mature book, the content leaning toward an older audience, but it is constructed thoughtfully. There isn't a lot of back story yet, the setup taking much of the room in this issue, though this will undoubtedly come down the track to help drive the characters and story further. We have been given a glimpse into the main characters of Corbin Quinn and Danny Reilly from Millar and Murphy, just enough to whet our appetites and bring us back for the next issue. This approach works; I want to find out what happens next, I can feel the hooks sinking in.
I get the sense that because it's a Millarworld publication, the hype surrounding it means that this is instantly a straight-to-movie comic. The editorial comments at the back of this issue certainly help make their intentions clear. But that is the type of comic this is; bold, in your face, and unapologetic in stance. The central story is not held back and stands unhampered; except for the arrogance of the story stating "here I am, enjoy me," this is a reading experience that is going places.
|Indiana Jones meets time travel in Chrononauts|
|Matt Hollingsworth beautiful colors|
The superb storytelling in Chrononauts is enhanced further by the inking and colors. The nature and feel of the art is offset by Matt Hollingsworth's colors, which bring an appropriate sense of time for this epic. It is great to feel the familiar confidence that comes from Hollingsworth's work; he achieves what a good colorist should and brings emotional relevance to the page or panel. This is done in a manner that cries out for attention in all the right ways.
|This is a journey of epic proportions|
Chrononauts is a thoroughly enjoyable read. It is a nice, fresh take on a familiar story topic. It is good to come away feeling as though you want to see what happens in the next issue. I hold out hope for more twists and turns as we progress in the story, but only time will tell.
With this being such a good start to the series, if you haven't already it is worth picking up now. Once you do make sure you come right back here and and tell us what you thought of the book by leaving a comment below or on our Facebook or Twitter and head on back for the next issue of Chrononauts.