Sunday, May 14, 2006
The first book in a series of graphic novels debuted this past week from Oni Press called Borrowed Time. This book, written by Neal Shaffer with art by Joe Infurnari, is about a reporter, Taylor Devlin, who leaves behind his perfect life to venture through the Bermuda Triangle to spice up an article he's writing about it. Unfortunately for him, something happens. When he returns home following the incident, he finds things different, and longs for that life he can no longer touch. Others are in his same predicament however, and teach him how to cope with the ordeal. I enjoyed the first book of this series. I was genuinely intrigued by the events depicted by Infurnari's competent illustrations. Even if I did feel a little odd and disoriented by how things changed, it only proves the prowess of the creative team, since Taylor Devlin is just as out-of-sorts, if not more so. I don't know how interesting the story is going to be following this first chapter, since it seems like everything happened in this book, but I have a feeling that Shaffer and Infurnari are going to keep things interesting, maybe by way of The Walking Dead, which is more about the ongoing struggle to survive and find a place after being left adrift following a cataclysmic event. But that's all only speculation. For now, I've enjoyed Borrowed Time, Book One, and I hope there's more good stuff to come.