‘The Rook #1:’ Advance Comic Book Review

This comic, in my opinion, is what time travel adventures are all about. It begins with crazy, fast-paced sci-fi action, which sets the tone for the rest of the issue. The Rook, our charming and charismatic time traveler/adventurer, is on the run. He’s being relentlessly pursued by a rogues gallery of colorful villains from across time, and possibly space as well, since a couple of them are decidedly not human.

Desperate to escape and rapidly running out of options, he jumps from war-torn Spain in 1813 to 2015. There, we meet a young grad student named Restin Dane, whose all-consuming doctoral thesis involves the creation of a time machine.

The comic throws you right into the middle of the story, which means it doesn’t waste a lot of time on tedious exposition. It also means you have to work a bit to keep up with what’s going on. It’s a little confusing at first, as a lot of names, concepts, etc. are tossed out without context. But, if you can roll with the punches a bit, you’ll be able to keep track of the overall story just fine. No doubt we’ll get context for the rest over the course of future issues.

The story by Steven Grant is great, but what really makes this comic stand out is Paul Gulacy’s artwork. The vivid settings and bizarre characters come together to make the world of this comic truly immersive—along with vibrant coloring by Jesus Aburto. We get to explore a number of different eras and backdrops just in this issue alone, and they’re all unique, exciting, and fun. There’s also a bit of a Steampunk vibe for those who are into that sort of thing—which I definitely am.

I’m completely sold on this comic. I love it, and I highly recommend it. If you’re a fan of rollicking time travel adventures, then do yourself a favor and pick up The Rook #1. Me, I can’t wait till the next issue.

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