I’ll always appreciate Jeff Lemire’s willingness to experiment with storytelling techniques and layouts, but in this issue, the fact that I had to keep turning the book upside down to read it, sometimes 3 or 4 times on a single page did get a bit annoying and caused the story to feel a little bit disjointed. But that story within that was very good indeed.
The story here picks up with both Nika and William in each other’s time periods. Nika has been imprisoned by her sister in Edwardian England for being crazy and talking about being from the future, but she knows that she doesn’t belong. She is rescued from Prison by Commander Pohl, who doesn’t necessarily believe her story, but does think that she knows something about the aliens. Nika heads back to the jungle, and heads out to find the temple, as she thinks that will help her find William and return to her proper time. We also get an interesting flashback for Nika, where we see how her mother died (in her proper time), which was a pretty shocking and emotional moment. At the same time William is in the future, getting ready to evacuate from the planet with his brother. I thought it was interesting how Essie, the computer had memories of both this timeline and the one where Nika was there. This timeline change is not exactly thorough. William also sneaks off and heads to the temple, but when he and Nika arrive at either end of the portal… they find that it’s been destroyed.
I have no idea what’s going to happen and I love that. The story and art here is still fantastic, there’s nothing like getting Lemire on double-duty, and whilst I was a bit distracted by the constant need to flip the comic, this was excellent nevertheless.