Review: Time Bomb

Published on March 22nd, 2011

A lot of people are starting to freak out because of that whole Mayan 2012, the whole world is gonna end. Blah blah blah. The question is, what could possibly cause the world to end in 2012? Well, in this week’s edition of TradeTuesday, we’re going to take a look at a book that shows a pretty nasty end of the world scenario. It really shouldn’t be a surprise that the most likely people involved in destroying the human race would be the Nazis. That’s right boys and girls, this week we’re going to be looking at that wonderful book by Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, and Paul Gulacy, Time Bomb.

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The book starts off in Germany, 2012, where a secret underground Nazi city has just been discovered while drilling underneath Berlin. In the center of the city is a missile silo that has just launched a missile, after the discovering scientists unknowingly set it off by entering the building. This isn’t some sort of run of the mill atomic bomb though. This missile is releasing a virus that makes Ebola look like a cold and it’s been designed to wipe out the entire human race while a small and predetermined group of people are kept safe in the Nazi city. Luckily, the U.S. government has a plan.

For years the government has been experimenting with time travel, but when the scientist, David Page, went missing after he tested the technology on himself, the government decided to disband the project. Well, with the wellbeing of humanity at stake the powers that be have decided to bring the project back and send a group of four agents back in time to stop the bomb from being created. Peggy, Christian, Ken, and Jack are given their mission briefings and sent down to the lab that has been completely reassembled where they are sent back in time for 24 hours, after which, they will automatically be brought back to the present.

We are then brought to 1940’s Germany, where the agents immediately have to find the underground base and disable the bomb. On the other hand, how often do you have the opportunity to take out an entire Nazi internment camp? After that little detour, the group are able to disguise themselves in Nazi uniforms and infiltrate the base where the city is currently being built. Peggy, Ken, and Jack split up to try to find a way into the city. Christian decides to take a post as a sniper to watch over the others since there’s probably not too many African American Nazis running around. Once they get into the base, Peggy and Ken are able to find some information on the layout, but Jack actually gets into the underground city by getting captured along with a lady spy from England who was posing as a secretary.

Jack is soon being interrogated by the man in charge of the Nazi project, who we then learn is the missing scientist, Dr. David Page. Turns out, the not so good Doctor had developed the time travel technology specifically to go back in time and become Hitler’s best pal and help the Nazis. Then all Hell breaks loose when Hitler’s motorcade shows up and Christian decides to take a shot at it and cause a distraction for Peggy and Ken to make their way into the city. Sadly, things don’t work out too well and the three agents end up getting captured as well.

Things aren’t looking too great for our heroes since Hitler has decided to start the missile launch now, but Peggy has one last trick up her sleeve. She has an experimental weapon that will cover her body in liquid metal and give her the power to break everyone out of the cell. Problem is, it only work for fifteen seconds and it will put her out of commission. The team decides to go with it and once they escape, everyone goes into action to stop the launch. Sadly, to destroy the missile and the city, Ken is forced to sacrifice himself for the others. Before the team goes home, they decide to follow Hitler’s escape to try and take him out. Before they can pull the trigger on him they are sucked back to the present, but since Ken is absent the time machine brings Hitler back with them since he was the closest person. So, the world is saved and as a bonus, Hitler is now forced to answer for his crimes in a secret trial in present time.

I’m a little torn on this book. I thought it was a cool story and I always love stuff with time travel, but I had a few issues. Obviously, every time travel story has a few plot holes or things that you don’t quite understand, so I’ll leave that out. I think they just went a little overboard with the futuristic weapons. Mostly the liquid metal suit that Peggy used at the end. Seemed a little too convenient. On the other hand, seeing Christian use the futuristic guns to blow away Hitler’s entourage was really bad ass. I did really like the story and I think this book would be a really cool movie if done properly. Palmiotti and Gray came up with an awesome story that does a great job of indulging people’s love of seeing Nazis get what’s coming to them. Bottom line, if you like science fiction or action comics you’re gonna dig this book. So, go on over to your local comic store or Radical Publishing’s website and get a copy of this.

Ken Zeider
Ken@ComicImpact.com