The Traveler continues his battle against the Split-Second Men, bent to kill certain individuals that all have a common bond: none of them have met before, or have they?
The Traveler is just fantastic. Mark Waid fills the book with marvelous science fiction tidbits, such as macroscopic quantum tunneling, not teleportation, and the manipulation of gravitons. He also creates the beginning of what I believe to be an origin story. If you’ve been reading comic books or watching Doctor Who for any length of time, you’ll be able to piece together the identity of the Traveler, or will you? Waid just may anticipate reader intelligence and pull a fast one. In any case, I’m in on this book for the long haul.
In addition to amusing with scifi fisticuffs, Waid gives his hero a sense of sarcastic humor and a strong ethical code. Kronus often reacts emotionally because he can see probabilities. This gives the reader an idea of the stakes in play. Waid furthermore fleshes out numerous supporting characters. Kronus however is so unique that none of the other cast members undermine his presence.
Artist Chad Hardin aids Waid immeasurably. A lot of critics would snidely refer to Hardin’s style as old school, but I call it a magnificent example of the superhero visual dynamic. Hardin propels the narrative at a quick pace filled with action. I also noticed a potent attention to propinquity. It’s one thing for an artist to demonstrate his knowledge of boxing. You kind of expect that as a comic book job requirement. Hardin also possesses the skill to display a couple’s affection in a remarkably realistic fashion. Blond’s vibrant colors complete the picture.