At the end of Time Bomb #2 I had concerns
about how well Time Bomb #3 would be able to conclude a story
that felt very much open and not quite ready to finish. In the end
it gets the ending you expected, but that it deserved.
A quick recap of the series. Nazi missile goes
off in the present, world is on verge of destruction, team of
super-awesome spies are sent back to 1945 to stop the missile and a
lot of people die.
If it was possible issue 3 moves even more into
the realm of sci-fi as the team of super spies show off a whole
bunch of really cool technology in their attempt to stop the Nazis.
Like I said the ending is one that you would have expected, but
that’s okay because the writers at least make the characters work
for that ending and throw in a little bit extra ‘what-if’ fantasy
awesomeness that a lot of people would appreciate. While I enjoyed
the extra ‘what-if’ at the end it was a bit predictable and for some
reason didn’t hold very much of an impact on me, maybe because I was
in fact expecting it to happen. Also the explanation given at the
end was rather lame and felt tacked on.
There was still very little character
development, but heading into this issue I was prepared for that. I
knew it was going to be a bumpy, explosion fuelled ride with a few
witty quips thrown in and that’s basically how it went. Most of the
characters were given their moment to shine either through brute
force or great dialogue. I did appreciate the fact that Hitler was,
well, Hitler. He was short, blaming everyone but himself for any
failures and never seemed to grasp the full nature of the situation
even though he tried to make it sound like he did. I also had to
laugh when he was concerned none of his friends would make it into
the underground city before the bomb went off. Hitler with friends
is just such a strange concept.
The artwork was as solid as it has been all
series. There weren’t any pages that really stuck out in my mind but
one thing that did stay with me was the fact that most of the Nazi
soldiers had their eyes covered either by goggles or the shadow off
their helmet. It made them seem robotic and inhuman and for some
reason that just felt right and made them a little bit frightening.
The other really striking piece of artwork was the facial work on
Jack at the start of the issue when he’s being taken to
interrogation. He makes a lot of really funny comments about the
missile and what not all the while he’s drenched in sweat and
obviously worried about the mission. His face betrays his words for
a moment and you wonder just how things are going to pan out and
then something ticks over and his face looks cold and calm and that
reflects what happens next. It also made me think Jack might be a
little bit psycho, something I previously related to Ken and added
something to Jack’s character as a result. The use of black was well
done I thought. It was solid, not a shade although it was used like
shading is for shadows and light, and something about its boldness
really made the panels it was used in pop.
A good way to end the series but a way that I
really expected it to end. The extra bits of sci-fi are cool and the
explosive ending is fun but I don’t think it’s an ending I’ll
particularly remember as it didn’t shock me it really only delivered
what I was expecting. Still Time Bomb proved to be a very
entertaining ‘what-if’ sci-fi romp through time filled with doomsday
devices, Nazis and plenty of action.