While Nadia has reunited with her long-lost family after traveling to the past, she realizes along with her surviving friend, Kevin, that this isn’t the kind of world that she belongs to. Especially one that is technophobic towards robots, and supposedly claiming to be ‘utopian’ despite the undercover corruption that lies underneath. Although it seemed as though all was lost, some things aren’t what they appear to be. Tatsuo is alive, but for how long? 

McConnville and Shalvey continue to subvert expectations with this series as characters continue to grow, and evolve in their roles, and change depending on the circumstances and time that they reside in. Which changes perspective on these characters along with their views and stances on one another and their code of honor towards who they serve. Nadia is a primary example as a former law enforcer who in the beginning of those series was at odds with Tatsuo until she got dragged into a time-traveling adventure that made two adversaries become close friends. Time is funny that way, and both of the writers brilliantly display that consistently, especially with this issue as the mercenary Sebastian tries to complete his mission. Each character undergoes changes that affect their relationships, and in the case of time traveling different periods, changes abound, which is what keeps this series interesting as Nadia, Kevin, Tetsuo, and Sebastian continue to be moving parts of a larger story..

Jorge Coelho illustrates this issue with Chris O’Halloran on color duty. Both Coelho and Halloran’s styles work cohesively in unison, making every page pop with excitement and space. Coelho’s choreography of the action displayed in this issue is exemplary and vicious, and with Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou’s lettering, it sells the brutality and urgency of the events that occur within the book. Time Before Time continues to find ways to twist readers’ minds that leave them wanting to see what happens next, which is why I recommend adding this issue to your pull list for new comic book day. 

By Anthony Andujar Jr.

Anthony Andujar Jr. is an NYC cartoonist and lover of comics and music. So much so that it led him to writing comic book reviews in between it all.

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