Monday, March 09, 2015

Excellent play-by-play review by Reading With A Flight Ring

Future Proof #3


Future Proof #3
Bliss on Tap Publishing 2014
Created & Written by Brain Phillipson; Illustrated by Alex Cormack; Lettered by Alex Murillo

I am a huge fan of this book it’s just pure fun it can get a little ridiculous at times but belies what it’s all about and that’s the fact that these two guys, Simon and James, are on a mission ot ensure that some events in history come to fruition.  So basically time cops of a sort sent out to either make events happen or see that they do as we know they have.   Brian has found a way to make this buddy book rival the relationship of Blue & Gold and they are just as if not more fun to watch work.

So we open with a different look at the end of last issue as the ship vanishes from the Philadelphia Navy Docks in 1943.  For conspiracy theorists this is also known as the Philadelphia experiment.  Where someone is keeping an eye on the boys and making sure they’ve done their job but also teases us by meeting a young boy going to his first Phillies game.  One Lee Harvey Oswald and I gotta say now i’m thinking this guys will visit him as an adult to make sure he is blamed for the assassination.  

This issue has a lot going on and you see that they don’t have this complex plan to have to make things happen.  Brian knows when to draw the story out and pay more attention to the action and storytelling and when to just showcase what it is the boys do.  It’s a very “mature” writing style and one that showcases real talent because it’s almost like downtime but still features what we need to see and learn about the characters.

Okay that they are to help start the mass Banker Suicide during the Wall Street crash on October 29th, 1929 also known as Black Tuesday and how the inadvertently do that was pretty funny actually.   Sometimes events are already set in motion and just need a little nudge to make it so like we see here.

The big story this issue centers around Babe Ruth and what that is well you should it and see for yourself but I will say this it focuses on his trade from the Red Sox to the Yankees.   So they end up in Boston on September 20th, 1919 where sets of clothes are waiting for them.  Alex style of art is uniquely his there’s no comparing him to anyone else, and that is a darn good thing!, and what he does here is pretty sweet.  I am enjoying that he can do this bum at night in front a can fire drinking his hooch and yet make the boys seem so light and bright at the same time.

Oh on a personal note I was more than thrilled and impressed to see Fenway park from a fans point of view here, Alex nailed that!

Now I don’t know much about the Babe but what I see here makes me want to should the implications be accurate.  No I am not going into more detail but suffice it to say it’s a dandy of a tale.

Bliss on Tap has great talented creators working for them (or that they have created this company) and their imagination and execution of this book really needs to be seen by pretty much everyone.  Who doesn’t love time traveling buddies who keep history on track?