Writer: Bryan Hitch
Pencils: Fernando Pasarin
Inks: Matt Ryan
Colors: Brad Anderson
Oh Golly Ms. Molly
Molly deceives the Justice League in order to act out her own twisted plans on how to save the world. In order to succeed, and stop something worse from coming she attempts to kill every super powered being in the universe. At least Batman will be fine…. But like most of the big bads we’ve seen in the past she underestimates the League, and their connection to not only saving the planet but to each other. They’ve stopped Molly and Timeless, but a worse threat is foreshadowed.
The problem with the plot is that Hitch has one grand event after another, without a proper transition. One moment we find out that the League needs to destroy the machine to save the world; a consequence of that heroism is that they’d forever be stuck in the time they were thrown into. Next we see a splash of them together standing strong against Molly. A great dramatic scene that still needs an explanation. There were other moments where you have to pause and think about what is happening. Hitch dances with the idea of magic and science intertwining to further along the plot. Yes, it’s a comic book …but it still needs to make some sort of sense.
If you’ve read any of my reviews before this, you know I have been unhealthily obsessive with finding any hint of the coming Watchmen story. Both Tempus and Molly are doing this in order to avoid the hell coming their way. To me that screams, DR. MANHATTAN! I’ve been trying so hard to like this book because I know it will play an important role in what is to come. I’m hoping with the DC having such tight reigns on the Watchmen plot, that the higher ups will give Hitch direction on how to address it. You know it’s not good when someone says they hope corporate gets involved… So overall I do believe that the Timeless arc was an improvement from previous stories, but it’s still too confusing, too busy, and too disordered.
Ariel DuPey | NCR