The GeeksverseTime Lincoln: Apocalypse Mao

Time Lincoln: Apocalypse Mao
Published on Sunday, January 23, 2011 by

Story and Art by: Fred Perry
Colored by: Robby Bevard & Wes Hartman
Editor: Doug Dlin & Joe Wright

Follow the link to read the review for “Time Lincoln: Fists of Fuhrer”

In the Fists of Fuhrer I said that I loved the concept but wondered if it would work as a series of mini-series or one-shots. Well now I can get my answer. This is another Time Lincoln one-shot with another one coming in January 2011 (I think it’s late).

And the concept does work. This time it’s Lincoln trying to stop Apocalypse Mao from creating engines that would allow airplanes to fly through the void and attack anywhere and anytime. It opens with Lincoln preventing an assassination attempt on Osama Bin Laden with the help of Amerlia Earhart.

We learn what happened to Earhart and Charles Lindbergh when they disappeared. They joined Lincoln’s Travelers in the fight against Void Stalin.

It’s interesting seeing these historical figures used in this way. It’s a fun way to play around with history and the famous figures. Perry also seems to have a decent grasp of time travel and the paradoxes that it can create. There’s a scene where Stalin says it’s a pleasure to meet Lincoln for the first time but in Lincoln’s relative timeline he and Stalin have met already.

Yes, it can create a headache if thought about too long. But then time travel and all the paradoxes should create a headache when you really start to think about it. Perry takes those headaches and condenses them into something that we can somewhat understand and accept.

The story is quick and it doesn’t get bogged down moving along swiftly but smoothly. If you stop and think about it you can start to see alot of holes that develop, but the idea is to not let yourself get swept up in the details but in the ride and just enjoy it.

Which you can.

The concept does start to fray at the edges a little bit with this one-shot. I’m not sure how it will hold up with the next one-shot, Cuba Commander. It’s still a fun and crazy concept, but aspects of it are starting to get old.

Perry’s manga influenced art isn’t as prevalent in this issue. It seems as if he’s toned it down some more and tried to throw some American style into the work. It’s still fairly wild and angular, but it works.

Time Lincoln: Apocalypse Mao receives
4 out of 5

Still a good and fun read, but the concept is starting to fray at the edges.

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