Who would want to travel back in time? Okay, there’s probably a decent percentage of people who would say yes. Now, would you want to travel back in time to a winery, because when you traveled back, an exciting party would be happening onsite? There are even more people that would find that scenario intriguing. All right, now for the question that will cover almost everyone else alive – would you want to travel back in time, in a magical winery, where the only way to travel back would be to drink wine?
Clue writer Paul Allor and artist Nelson Daniel continue the momentum they started in the first issue. The primary focus of this issue is the investigation itself. The characters have already gone through and met one another for the most part. The design of this issue is to begin the investigation, as well as to further the relationships that have begun among the characters. In this way, Allor tosses his audience back into the thick of it as he adds some paranoia to the characters, leading them to act differently from how they normally would. It's thoroughly entertaining to watch all of the characters go about their actions and decisions.
Two of the main characters stare up at a night sky filled with a brightly lit full moon and millions of stars. The cover page for Generation Gone #1 displays this wondrous image along with introductory dialogue from Elena and Nick, which immediately indicates something is amiss within their relationship.
Whether you’re referring to the underground comix scene of the '70s or the psychedelic visuals of mainstream books like Doctor Strange at that time, comic books and marijuana have had a long and tangled history. Like superhero comics, weed-focused comic books have never completely disappeared from the market, and books like Kevin Smith’s infamous Bluntman & Chronic, as well as more current titles, continue this partnership to this day. The Stoned Age: A Hollywood Comedy (written by Andre Owens and with art by Andy Mez) is definitely one of these “banner carrier” books for the continued alliance between reefer and comics, but it’s also safe to say that it’s unlike any comic you’ve ever read before.
There are things at the bottom of the ocean that we don’t know about, just as there are things in our memories that we’ll never be able to make sense of. Infinite mysteries upon mysteries that can wrap in on themselves in complex ways. It’s like trying to unravel determinism to its beginning point. Matt Kindt is using Dept.H to ask some big questions to the degree that he weaves in and out of the actual plot as if it was secondary so that he can explore themes. I’m not complaining.