Writer: Hannibal Tabu
Pencils and Inks: Neal Yamamoto
Colors and Letters: Josephine Roberts
Editor and Creator: Nate Wunderman
Publisher: Wunderman Comics, Inc
Looking for the same kind of quirky time travel-related hijinks and action found in the CW’s Legends of Tomorrow, but want a bit more historically flavored diversity to go along with it? Look no further than Time Corps #15, a series from Hannibal Tabu and publisher Wunderman Comics.
From the opening panel of Time Corps #15 where we see frenzied Time Corps supervisor Falling Star freaking out over a dinosaur attack in 1996 to which her supervisor Prunella Jones barely bats an eye, you know you are in for a wild ride. Things only get wilder from there. As a big sports fan it “bears” (pun totally intended) mentioning that the aforementioned dinosaur attack finds the field team that constitutes our main protagonists literally battling monsters in the midway of Chicago’s Soldier Field.
We see our heroes in a bit of action before they are transported away to deal with the real matter at hand. Initially there is nothing much noteworthy except the obvious diversity of the roster represented in speech patterns, the few names used at this point, and skin tone palettes. These all make clear that we are dealing with characters from all over the spectrum of ethnic origins. A convenient character dramatis personae that follows lets us know these characters also span the course of human history, apparently a mix of both real and not so real.
I immediately recognize Ogedei Khan by name as the son (and direct successor) of Ghenghis Khan but the rest of the crew I had difficulty matching up. The team includes historical personalities who, as a tagline describes, are not quite good enough for heaven or bad enough for hell, and as such are forced to work with the Time Corps until their final destination can be worked out. Our intrepid band of time explorers soon find they are caught up in a middle of something set to shake the time sphere to its very core!
Writer Hannibal Tabu crafts a very fun story full of lively characters with personality for which Yamamoto’s expressively cartoony art is a perfect complement to. Josephine Roberts’s double duty on colors and letters is a mixed bag. While I love the palette used and adore the colors, the letters are just passable and are definitely the one weak point of the book detracting a bit from the quality of the story and art at times. All in all, though, this is an excellent read that will especially appeal to Legends of Tomorrow fans as well as anyone else who digs time travel sci-fi or just plain good comic books.
William Satterwhite is the creator of the superhero webcomic Stealth and a freelance designer, internet consultant, and illustrator living in Douglasville, Ga. His professional website can be found at www.williamsatterwhite.info.