Brave Old World

 

Brave Old World     There are many different time-travel stories out there, on television, at the movies, in books, comics, etc. In my opinion, however, D.C. Comics produced one of the best I have ever experienced with a four-issue limited series called Brave Old World.

     The skinny: It's the final days before Y2K, and seven scientists discover that time is beginning to do strange things, due to a "harmonic convergence," or, in layman's terms, the planets lining up. It's determined that since gravity, speed, time, etc., are related, that the year 2000 may usher in significant scientific phenomena; though nothing they ever dreamed could have prepared them for what happens. 

     When the clock strikes midnight, they do indeed find themselves at the beginning of a new century. The 20th, to be exact. Thrown one-hundred years into the past, they must now use the technology of 1900 to get back to the year 2000. William Messner Loebs pens this imaginative tale, which, while containing some of the same elements as most stories of its kind (people of the future doing things in the past which result in a different future..., ouch-braincramp), also delivers the goods on characterization. 

     Note to all writers: make readers care about your characters, and you can sell any kind of story you want, no matter how many times it's been done. 

     Artists Guy Davis and Phil Hester score with artwork that provides each character with an individual look, which is almost surprising, considering that it is not necessarily highly detailed in style. 

     My only complaint about Brave Old World is the p.p. (prolific profanity). It serves no purpose, and enhances the story not one bit. And, contrary to the opinions of some, does not make the story more "realistic." It's not creative, it's just crude. 

     Don't let your children read it. 

     Look for Brave Old World at comic shops (1-888-comicbook to find the nearest), or shop for it at www.dccomics.com.

     Brave Old World, published by D.C. Comics, 32 pages, $2.50.

     Review by Michael Vance

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