Time Masters: Vanishing Point

November 5, 2011

Amazing. 20 years after DC made a spectacular blotched job with a similarly-titled limited series, there seems to be no pressure to do it right this time at all. If anything, Time Masters appears to have become the stamp for cynically-written comics, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. I dare anyone to find a redemptive quality in this book. The time travellers brought together by Rip Hunter now include superheroes Booster Gold, Superman, and Green Lantern. That’s a seismic shift in job qualification, but don’t let it fool you. The quest remains equally meaningless on an epic scale at every turn. There’s consistency.

This non-story sits somewhere between the death of Batman in Final Crisis and The Return of Bruce Wayne. Rip rounds up his high-powered team to go on a search-and-rescue mission for the Dark Knight, who he believes is stuck in the time-stream and cast through different ages. If this sounds like a repeat of the horrendous Search for Ray Palmer series, it is and way worse, like flogging a dead plot idea. The Gang of 4 goes chasing a moving target — and someone should tell veteran writer Dan Jurgens that his heroes ought not then be easily distracted. It really doesn’t help their reputation. We get thrown around in plotlines with absolutely nothing to do with the main plot, which we increasingly suspect is a red herring. There is no plot. We won’t get any closer to Batman, any knowledge of his whereabouts, or even a story. In the background, we hear DC laughing all the way to the bank. Shit.

Strangely, Gweek doesn’t feel mean giving this a measly 1 star.

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2 Responses to “Time Masters: Vanishing Point”

  1. Adrian Tan Says:

    Brilliant!

  2. Gweek Says:

    I think so too!


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