Chrononauts #1 CGC Signature Series 9.8,
NEAR MINT 9.8 Signature Series
BONUS REVIEW by Gavin Rehfeldt
(W) Mark Millar (A) Sean Murphy (CA) Sean Murphy, Matt Hollingsworth
From MARK MILLAR (Kick-Ass) and SEAN GORDON MURPHY (Punk Rock Jesus) comes a bromance for the ages! Corbin Quinn and Danny Reilly are two buddies who love to have fun. They're also scientific geniuses. When their research leads them to a time-traveling adventure, will they use their knowledge for the good of all mankind? Or use the space-time continuum for their own ends? This is the story of man's first, televised steps through the time-stream and everything going wrong in the process.
Date Available: 03/18/2015
Off the bat, I would read anything Sean Murphy draws, and his detailed execution of the diverse imagery here is excellent. However, sadly, that's the only element to strongly recommend in Chrononauts #1. There are interesting ideas here, but Millar can come off as smirking and immature sometimes. The characterization of the smugly self-satisfied bros at the center of the series is largely unappealing. I want to follow the story of the background ex-wife. The cynical attitude is further emphasized by the reactions of the public to the momentous occasion taking place on their televisions--some of which are amusing, including an elderly woman holding up a convenience store. There's a point at which sharp sneering wit crosses over to nastiness and that's where Chrononauts currently feels comfortable. Still, you see some fantastic stuff from Murphy, most notably a temple harboring an unusual discovery which symbolizes the potential of this book yet to be realized.
I give it 6 out of 10 Grahams