Time Flyz #4: Tunnel Twist-up

Time Flyz #4: Tunnel Twist-up (2008)
by Zondervan
160 Pages - Black and White [ Action / Historical / Youth ]

Writer - Ben Avery
Artist - Adi Darda Guadiamo


Publisher summary: The TimeFlyz hit a ripple in a timewave on their way to rescue Gregory Mendel, and in the process temporarily lose their friend Wormhole. TimeFlyz transports manga fans back to nineteenth century Austria to learn about the origins of hereditary science, as Laurel discovers how Darchon plans to kidnap the pea-farming monk, Gregor Mendel. Moreover, the TimeFlyz demonstrate the value of teamwork and community by risking their lives to save one of their members who goes missing after hitting a ripple in the time tunnel.

Reviewer: UC Pseudonym | Contact | 24 August 2008

As always, Time Flyz begins with a recap as part of the narration by one of the characters (I hope Tak gets a volume, as Iím sure he has interesting things to say about ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~). This is acceptable, given that the series is being directed toward relatively young children. Once again, I find myself forced to admit that this really isnít a bad series given the target audience.

This volume has a more involved plot than some of the previous, getting a lot of elements on the table and resolving them without feeling forced. At the same time, it has laid seeds for future volumes that should result in more integrated storylines. Itís also nice to see one of the scientists play a larger role in the plot, both directly and as it relates to the ongoing character development.

Let me get a few negative things out of the way first Ė the rivalry between Mother Mass and Wormhole is unfortunately backÖ but thatís nothing compared to the secondary development concerning the two of them. All Iíll say is that it wasnít what I expected. It also raises a ton of questions, particularly about the nature of the Flies and their creator.

We also have some serious mucking around in time, which I think I just have to let go as simplistic time travel. Itís a difficult subject that we know little about, objectively, so I guess you have to roll with whatever the author decides. I do, however, have to complain that increased mass does not equal increased velocity due to gravity.

But there are also some interesting developments. We have foreshadowing and encounters with a future generation of characters, complicating matters considerably. These may be reintegrated into the plot or they may be a hint about the future of the characters after the series, either of which could work naturally. Also, apparently in the future the Flies are a super sentai team.

Characterization continues to be strong when it comes to the humans. The nature of the conflicts is also more complex than you generally see in this kind of story (about time, in my opinion). The physical confrontations also have enough give and take to make them interesting. Ultimately, though, this is a series for children that plays it safe and is fairly straightforward. I really wish someone would give the author permission to do a more complex story for adults.

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