PS 238 #20
Quick Rating: Good
Zodon’s adventure through the timestream catches up with the present!
Writer: Aaron Williams
Art: Aaron Williams
Cover Art: Aaron Williams
Publisher: Dork Storm/Do-Gooder Press
Back in PS 238 #13, our hapless non-powered superhero kid Tyler got caught up in a time-travel adventure, trying to thwart the schemes of his classmate, the would-be supervillain named Zodon. This issue, the time-traveling catches up to Tyler, and he has to go through the adventure with his past self, all over again.
This issue is rather difficult to review. It’s a funny issue, as ever, full of great gags and portents of the future. The thing is, unless you’re intimately familiar with issue #13 (and I haven’t read that issue in many months), you’ll be terminally lost in trying to read the comic. Going over it, even having read the first issue, feels like reading one of those old “Choose Your Own Adventure” comics straight through instead of jumping around like you’re supposed to. All the pieces are there, but they feel totally out of order. Now to be fair, this is obviously exactly what Aaron Williams intended. In execution, though, it’s just a little tough to follow.
There’s a lot of good stuff here, though, especially Zodon’s solution to rescuing himself from his time-lost state. The last page in particular sets up a rather unexpected subplot, which feeds directly into the more emotional half of this title, the part that reminds us that while we are, in fact, dealing with superheroes, we’re also still dealing with children, and that these super-kids have the same issues and fears that regular kids do. It’s this stuff that really makes this a special comic book, and I’m quite anxious for next issue.
We follow up the main feature with Williams’s two back-ups. Nodwick makes its debut here after finishing off his own 36-issue run, and although it is now in a comic strip format rather than long-form, Williams apparently isn’t abandoning the ongoing stories, thank goodness. One of Nodwick’s henchmen buddies is being chased down by his employers, and Nodwick has been called upon to help. Then we have a few pages of Full Frontal Nerdity, in which our gaming geeks deal with the impact of various pop culture elements on their lives.
This is a fun issue, but the accessibility problem keeps it from being as good as this title usually is.