Story: John Layman
Art: Karl Mostert
Colors: Dee Cunniffe
Letterer: John Layman
What They Say:
Time-traveler Sean Bennett has been ordered to fix the damage he did to the space-time continuum, or face the wrath of the Future Police. But to do this, Sean Bennett must face his most dangerous adversary-Sean Bennett?
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
The opening installment of the series was certainly fun with what it was doing in introducing us to Sean Bennett and how he messed up time and the world. John Layman introduced the craziness well with the way the butterfly effect can go in overdrive and we saw how there’s a corrective force trying to take care of that, though they’re pretty cruel themselves. The book had a fun series of reveals and introductions and it got to go crazy at the end, allowing Karl Mostert to bring to life a really funky and weird now timeline. He gets to play in that area again in this installment in a couple of ways and it’s just a delight to watch the weirdness surface, as well as the changes made to Sean himself.
The Future Police set the stage well with what was said the last time around and they reinforce their intention by going back to when Sean was a baby in this installment and disfiguring his face. It feels weird that to some people that see it that it’s new as opposed to something always there but he’s effed up time so much that who knows what the “rules” are for it here. What it does, however, is give Sean the incentive to really go and fix everything as he realizes that the Future Police could just eliminate him easily. And that means going back in time himself again, if he can get rid of all the other scientists there. And not be distracted by the things he’s done in the past that still make an impact here, such as how Cooke torments him and how Mary chastises him for sending her flowers recently, again surfacing the accusations of him cheating with proof.
The biggest obstacle, in the end, is going to be Sean himself. While we see some creativity in getting rid of everyone else, his journey back in time has him ticking off the boxes of the things to fix. But it’s when he tries to get himself to stop with the lottery ticket after dealing with the flowers that he runs into the most trouble as it turns into a physical altercation. It certainly would make you hate yourself and the past-Sean is now dealing with a completely different Sean than kicked all of this off. The spiral from it is definitely amusing and while he does think things are set, the reality is far different as we see that it’s only changed again to something different. It looks a little more cohesive this time at least and there’s definitely some fun in what we get out of Mary at this point and a potentially intriguing political dynasty that may have come into existence.
The opening issue was a lot of fun and this one continues it by showing that you can’t fix things easily and that it’ll invariably just screw things up more. The path Sean is on is not an easy one and that’s before the Future Police themselves cause him trouble with threats of death as a baby. Layman’s script is pretty solid here as Sean feels a good bit real in his reactions and running commentary and I like the overall flow of the story, especially as he confronts himself. Mostert’s artwork is solid and fits well for this and getting things as weird as we do with the bookends of the issue are spot on. Hopefully, the next issue will show us more of the weirdness of this new world than this issue did since it could be wonderfully wacky enough.
Age Rating: 15+
Released By: AfterShock Comics
Release Date: March 11th, 2020