Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Past Aways: Facedown in the Timestream by Matt Kindt - Book Review

From the publisher: When five deep-time explorers find themselves stranded in the distant past of 2015, they're forced to adapt to a primitive world of iPhone 6s's and cars that can't even drive themselves. But when a rift in space-time starts spitting out dinosaurs, giant robots, and other strange phenomena, only the marooned "PastAways" can defend the twenty-first century from the terrors of the timestream!

Collects issues #1-#6 of the Dark Horse original series, plus a short story from Dark Horse Presents all in full-color!

Matt Kindt's Past Aways: Facedown in the Timestream is full of big ideas. It is the story of a group of people from the extreme future sent to observe our present. However, they become stranded. While looking for a way back and coming to terms with their new reality, they deal with other time disruptions like themselves.

This book has an interesting, big science fiction concept. It is full of action and weird, wonderful future-type things. However, I didn't really find the various characters that interesting. They were barely more than archetypes, with very little characterization. While this isn't a necessity for an action book, for me it resulted in not caring that much about what happened to them. There was very little character development, either.

As far as the story, Past Aways started as one type of story (castaways in time dealing with their situation and hoping to return home) and by the end had turned into something else altogether (no spoilers). This initially threw me off, but I found that it was actually more interesting than the characters, so I liked that part of it.

Overall, Past Aways was average. I feel like Kindt aimed high, but the execution didn't quite reach the heights he aimed for. I would recommend this book to fans of weird science fiction and big action movies.

I received a preview copy of this book from Dark Horse Comics and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

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