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Captain Clockwork Special

Posted: Saturday, March 10, 2007
By: Ray Tate

Writer/Artist: Glenn Whitmore
Publisher: Captain Clockwork Comics

Colorist Glenn Whitmore winds up Captain Clockwork and hopes the reader will watch her tick. Well, it's not Doctor Who, but what is? I'm always interested in a good time travel story, and Captain Clockwork fits the bill.

Two tales give you a listen to the works of Captain Clockwork. The first story creates a time loop origin for the heroine, the latest in a long line. Whitmore through the story establishes that her entire genetic line was working on the idea of time travel. This does two things. It gives more credence to how something a mind-boggling as time travel could have been discovered by mere humans, and the element lends novelty to the typical passages through history, as Deena interacts with her ancestors.

Deena, our current Captain Clockwork, and let me just say it's great to have a female Captain Super-Hero again, visits several points in history to stop her father's clockwork robots--not literal clockwork robots such as those seen in the Doctor Who episode "The Girl Behind the Fireplace." The reason behind her father's creations and the unforgiving nature of history impacts harshly on Deena and turns the simply fun proceedings into something else, something unexpected, thought-provoking science fiction.

The second story featuring another female hero known as the Crescent plays with the dark and fantastic archetypes established by the duality of the Shadow and Doc Savage. This one is just a damn clever heroes versus the terrorists story that uses one of Deena's time-based powers to intelligent effect.

Surprisingly, Captain Clockwork by colorist Glenn Whitmore is in black and white, but Whitmore proves to be adept in that subgenre of comic book art. He uses the mode for more than just emphasizing the cast of light. With the technique, he creates mood, atmosphere and emotion. His character design is simple and cartoony but also attractive and action-oriented.

Captain Clockwork proved to be a nice surprise. The black and white thirty two-page book costs three dollars but contains no ads and is printed on decent paper stock that's perfect for capturing the medium.

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