Abraham Lincoln’s not exactly a cultural icon here (we’re more likely to identify with Lyo and Merly than the 16th President of the United States), but when I spied Time Lincoln on the shelves, I knew I had to find out more.
I mean hey, it’s like chemistry. Some elements out there just *click* in the genre blender – like time travel and steampunk (as opposed to cowboys and aliens), and Time Lincoln promised that in tons.
And when I looked at the blurb on the back, and the little footnote that said Story & Art by Fred Perry, I was sold.
The story of Time Lincoln begins in the opera house, on the night of the titular character’s murder.
Communist dictator Joseph Stalin has somehow acquired time traveling powers fueled by “Void” energy, and has traveled into the past to take out his biggest adversary – Ol’ Abe himself.
Unbeknownst to Stalin, this very act proves to be the catalyst which sends Lincoln spiraling into the time stream, starting him off on the path to becoming a true trans-temporal hero and our villain’s greatest foe.
Fred Perry’s manga-inspired style, the same style he’s perfected in Gold Digger, is evident in Time Lincoln. It’s all incredibly detailed.
I especially loved the character designs, which were sleek and crisp, and the accoutrements – the steampunk gadgets and accessories – were sheer genius.
Judicious paneling, coupled with the inventive use of backgrounds and solid colors, also helped heighten the drama and story flow.
And since we’re talking about story, it’s one that doesn’t disappoint.
It’s always hard to write good time travel fiction, yet Fred’s managed to do a decent job of it without any nightmare plot holes or gaping loose ends.
Sure, there’s bits that could have been beefed up, but overall, it’s solid.
It’s entertaining, in that pulpy sorta way and what’s more, there’s plenty of humor and pop culture references, so be prepared to be tickled.
Give this graphic novel an hour or two of your time. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.