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Future Proof #4
Bliss on Tap Publishing 2015
Created & Written by Brian Phillipson
Illustrated by Alex Cormack
Created, Lettered & Book Design by Alex Murillo
Alright so we start off this issue in a most surprising way and I have
to admit that the introduction of whom appear to be the boys
counterparts. How they’ve been brought together and their true purpose
while remain a small mystery what they are going to add to the mix is
immeasurable. Plus the whole Roswell, New Mexico incident just goes to
show that time travel and people’s agendas well they don’t always come
from the best of intentions.
Brian’s able to weave what
we perceive to be historical facts into this tale in ways that make them
not only plausible and believable but necessary. The Roswell incident
where a ship crash lands to Earth well I love the explanation for how
that came to be and why there were no survivors as well. Cruel, unusual
but explained better than I could have hoped for. The Umbrella Man and
former Nazi Scientist Dr. Dagmar Wernher this team will be something.
Meanwhile on a battlefield in Belgium, south of Ypres-October 15th,
1918 a young messenger is tasked with taking a message to the front
lines immediately. Okay here’s where I suppose some liberties are taken
because I have no clue if Hitler was serial masturbator but the imagery
is fantastic as is the way it’s described to us. The rules as well
that say certain people need to live in order for history to unfold as
it’s supposed to well while they may not be agreed with the boys do
enforce them. Much to ones chagrin but the writing again makes this so
worthwhile to me.
Alex is brilliant as well here
because while his black and white stuff is nice and expressive and
easily understood there are moments that just surprise the hell out of
you. When we see Yusupov’s Moika Palace, Russia--December 30th 1916 you
will be blown away period. Plus of those that know history this is
involving Rasputin and the dinner party where his friends have sentenced
him to death which he survives. Again the line worked is wonderful and
seeing the different characters with different styles to them pop out
even more prominently in his style and that’s always a pleasure.
The boys have one more stop to make this issue, yes they are extremely
busy keeping history on track today as they come to ensure the
assassination of Franz Ferdinand the Archduke of Austria. You’d think
that with so much going on in one issue things might feel too rushed
but while it is chock full it isn’t rushed it’s more an example of why
they are needed. Though who, what, why or how they are needed so much
isn’t explained at the moment I have hopes the other teams like the one
formed from the Umbrella Man are out there as well.
Plus the fact that these meshuggah's make the perfect buddy pairing for
both laughs and seriousness balancing things out is like the delicious
icing on a cake. Here we’ve got a small mystery building alongside
some seriously overworked dudes who are still going a mile a minute that
showcases a unique outlook on history with drama and intelligent humor
thrown in for good measure.
Future Proof is purely a pleasure to read.