As with any decent time travel story, Ed Brisson’s Comeback is not designed for the passive reader, but there’s no doubt that it’s worth the extra effort. Artist Michael Walsh’s purposeful lack of refinement occasionally detracts from an otherwise brilliant read – some faces are little more than handful of loose lines – but the pros outweigh the cons when all is said and done. Brisson’s wibbly wobbly, timey wimey narrative is so admirably ambitious that it’s easy to forgive the book’s visual shortcomings.
WRITTEN BY: Ed Brisson
ART BY: Michael Walsh
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
RELEASE: December 19th, 2012
“Comeback” #2 is all over the place, as far as time is concerned. RECONNECT, the shady company that ostensibly employs time traveling agents to rescue people who have died in the past, finds itself under the FBI’s microscope as their less-than-legal activities ping the radar of Agent Simon Tanaka. Meanwhile, RECONNECT agent Seth breaks the cardinal rule of time travel by meeting up with his former self to share some sensitive information and his poor partner Mark is seemingly trying to clean up everyone else’s messes.
Issue #1 gave readers more answers than questions and while #2 doesn’t come close to illuminating the mysteries of the first issue, it feels like Brisson is finding his rhythm as a storyteller. Time travel narratives are always a tricky business but “Comeback” #2 evolves in almost musical movements. You’ll probably still be a bit baffled by the end of it, but nonetheless, it’s a damn good good ride.
While Walsh’s line work could use a touch more polish , Jordie Bellaire’s colors are the issue’s crowning glory. There are moments of masterfully balanced chiaroscuro coupled with hues so vibrant, they practically bleed off the page. In the hands of a less adept colorist, Walsh’s artwork may have fallen flat, but Bellaire works her magic to elevate the overall aesthetic of “Comeback” #2 to greatness.
I’m hesitant to give too much away, but it’s definitely an issue worth getting your hands on. Brisson’s temporal acrobatics are a true delight and you’ll find yourself itching to give this many layered parfait of a comic a second read sooner rather than later.
Reviewed by MelissaGrey