The GeeksverseThe Traveler #2

The Traveler #2
Published on Thursday, December 23, 2010 by

Published by: Boom! Studios
Written by: Mark Waid
Art by: Chad Hardin
Colored by: Blond
Lettered by: Ed Dukeshire
Editor: Dafna Pleban
Covers: A & C- Scott Clark; B- Chad Hardin w/ Art Lyon

This issue opens with a good demonstration of Kronus, The Traveler’s, powers. We see Julia Martin in three different lives. Two of them she dies, one of them the way we saw last issue end, and the last we see her holding a baby. Kronus uses his time shifting powers to save her and allows her to place him under arrest so he can keep an eye on her.

When her boyfriend shows up, he leaves.

We see a close up of his face, with lines of age and a strange expression. Later we see him taking his mask off, still not seeing his face, and see another vision. This time he sees three times. In one he dies, in another he holds a dead Julia in his arms, and in the last he is kissing her.

There’s obvious a connection between him and Julia and we are given two suspects. Waid, with Hardins help, does a good job of giving us some clues and giving us some suspects on the Traveler’s identity. We’re also given some more clues to the origin of this mysterious figure. We don’t have a single clue what is going on, why these people are important, but we have enough to see that this is shaping up nicely.

Waid does a good job of keeping the story moving, giving just enough science to stop it from getting dragged down. The one slip up in this issue was that Julia’s boyfriend just happens to show up at the site and that they happened to mention her name on tv. That seems a bit much. The rest of the issue is strong though. Stronger then the first.

Hardin’s art is what really drives this issue and helps make the story that much stronger. It’s his detail on Kronus’ face, the age lines and expression, that really makes that scene stand out.

His work is solid with good layouts and a strong grasp of storytelling. The issue flows nicely with some really nice shots. He even does a good job of showing Danielle without her glasses. You can see the strain in her face as she tries to see.

The Traveler #2 receives
4 out of 5

A very solid second issue gives more then the first in terms of story to keep interest in the series.

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