The GeeksverseStan Lee’s The Traveler #5 – Advanced Review

Stan Lee’s The Traveler #5 – Advanced Review
Published on Monday, March 28, 2011 by


Written by: Mark Waid & Tom Peyer
Art by: Chad Hardin
Colors: Chris Beckett
Letters: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Art: A- Scott Clark w/ Dave Beaty & Joe Cesario; B- Chad Hardin w/ Art Lyon
Editor: Dafna Pleban

I had no clue Tom Peyer was co-writing this issue until I saw the credits. Wonder why it wasn’t advertised. It’s not even in the preview ad copy. Weird.

This almost feels like a new character. And in a way it is. Waid & Peyer handle this nicely, using the “new” Traveler to play around with time. The first four issues saw the Traveler from the future create himself and it was a classic “the goods of the money outweigh the few” origin. Now we see the present day Ronald Lessik learning just what it means to be The Traveler and learning about his powers.

Which costs him another friend. This is not going to be a man that is glad of his abilities. His fiancee is lost in time and now his best friend has been killed. But again, Waid/Peyer make great use of the time travel element, having Lessik take a “break” in the middle of a fight so he can learn to use a new weapon he finds. It’s a great little detail. To Nate, Lessik was only gone a few seconds, but to Lessik he was gone awhile.

It’s not too often that the full implications of time travel, being able to only be gone a second but in reality could be longer, are fully explored. Normally when it occurs, the time traveler is gone for weeks/years not hours. It makes you wonder how else time travel could be used that way.

The script is fairly strong. Lessik talks out loud, thinking things through. The entire book feels lighter, reinforcing that this is a “new” Traveler and not the colder/hardened one we saw in the first four issues.

Hardin’s art is good. This is probably the best issue to date of his work on this book. He nails the details on the many time displaced people and the effects of Lessik’s powers are varied but still consistent.

His pages are nicely laid out, no jumps in the flow of the story.

Stan Lee’s The Traveler #5 receives
4 out of 5

A solid issue of what is turning into an intriguing book. It’ll be fun to watch Waid/Peyer (if he remains) play around with time.

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