If you like fun comics with great characters, humor, and action, this is the book for you.
Let’s start with this: Ivar, Timewalker is a time travel book. The title delivers on what the title promises.
In a general sense, Time travel comes with a lot of baggage in science fiction. The ripple effect. Diverging timelines. Avoiding alternate time versions of yourself. “Come with me if you want to live.”
Don’t worry, these tropes are not ignored. We aren’t given all of the rules of time travel in the Valiant Universe in this book, but we do get the sense that there are rules. This isn’t Ivar’s first timewalk.
Next, let’s just get this out of the way: If you loved Fred Van Lente’s and Clayton Henry’s work on Archer & Armstrong, you will love this book. Maybe that’s enough of a review for you.
If that’s enough for you to know you want to read this book, that’s great. You don’t need to read the rest of this review. Just buy it and enjoy.
So let’s finish with this: Ivar, Timewalker has the same fun, adventurous feel that is on par with the very best of Archer & Armstrong.
This book introduces Ivar, gives us enough to make him a very likable character, introduces the elements of the story, and the main conflict of this first story arc (if not the entire series). Best of all, it introduces all of this seamlessly through fun action and adventure.
There are nuggets in this book will please long time fans of Valiant, but you don’t need to know what these nuggets are to enjoy this. Everything you need to know the characters and understand the story is in this book.
Jump through the time arc and read this book.