Ivar, Timewalker #9

As history falls apart around her, only one man can help Neela Sethi save Ivar’s life –and time itself, and that man is…Ivar! Wait…what?!

Can Neela teach a new Timewalker the ropes of time travel as time collapses? Or will the universe finally meet it’s doom? Find out as Harvey Award-nominated artist Pere Perez joins New York Times best-selling writer Fred Van Lente for ENDING HISTORY!

Fred Van Lente
Pere Perez
Tom Brennan
Valiant Entertainment

…son of a bitch! I ended my review of last issue with the hope that Ivar, Timewalker would stop liberally borrowing from the Matt Smith era of Doctor Who. I claim scrying powers forever more at this point, as the events of the comic resemble those of The Wedding of River Song, if somewhat decompressed.

I will give issue some credit. It plays with and explores the ideas introduced in The Wedding of River Song a lot more than that individual episode ever does, covering Roman Dinosaurs fighting Mammalian Gauls, mysterious robed figures trying to punish Ivar for letting time explode and an Ivar who…well he isn’t quite the man we know yet.

It’s that shift in dynamic that is the most interesting part of this issue, as Neela takes on the role of mentor. Some time has clearly passed since last issue due to her now increased knowledge of how time and the multiverse works, but not so much that she isn’t likely to blunder into traps. I like her new role though, even if it is somewhat River Song like (I’ll quit the comparisons in a moment I promise…).

The artwork itself is fresh faced, lending it a feeling of youthful energy, suiting a new story arc and the idea of everything being in flux. Does it help everyone involved that Lente and Perez seem to be a perfect match when it comes to a creative team? I think it does, as the playful mood of the comic’s art matches its scripts intentions well, meaning the issue is a lot lighter and enjoyable than past issues that go for more grounded art.

Consider it a good issue and a great introduction for new readers. If the creative team stay on the book, I can see this being a hit. Even if it does rip off Doctor Who.

Cover image courtesy of Valiant Entertainment

Ivar, Timewalker is available from Valiant.

Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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