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Hiding in Time #2

Posted: Monday, August 27, 2007
By: Matthew McLean



Writer: Christopher Long
Artist(s): Ryan Winn, Igor Noronha (colors)

Publisher: Image Comics


Hiding in Time is a solid adventure story that is mostly light and fun. While the violence of the story (the beginning shows a dismembered eye as a trophy) prevents it from being a story for all ages, it will be an enjoyable and appropriate read for adolescent to adult readers.

Abraham Smith is hiding out. As one might guess from the title, rather than stowing away in Nebraska or the Pine Barrens, heís doing it in an era different than his own. In the future (I will never get tired of using that phrase) the Witness Protection Program hides key individuals by moving them chronologically rather than geographically. As a result, Abraham has been hiding in the British American colonies around the era of the Revolutionary War. Unfortunately for him, the man after him, one Norman Franks, is wealthy, determined and angry enough at Abraham that time will be an insufficient barrier to prevent him from exacting his revenge.

Thereís a lot to like about Hiding in Time the best of which, at least in this issue, is Abraham Smith himself. Abraham has been hiding out in the Revolution long enough to set himself up a livelihood, find a wife and settle down with a family. While Smith may have been around awhile, he fits into 18th century Boston about as much as a New York Mafioso blends into southern Alabama. While it may seem strange that a man whoís been there as long as he has continues to make references to things that have yet to happen, the dialogue throughout these scenes is often humorous and grin-worthy.

Another interesting item that adds to Smithís appeal is his calm. Whether this is a part of his personality or not, it is enhanced by the fact that he knows whatís coming. While his wife and other colonists fret about the state of the colonies, Smith doesnít worry about it and makes sure not to get involved. After all, it worked out just fine the first time when he wasnít there, right?

Of course, that sense of calm all but vanishes when Abraham realizes that Mr. Franks knows where he is. This provides for an excellent setup going into the next issue. In addition to the excitement of dealing with time-hopping assassins, it brings up questions such as: How in the world will Abraham explain all this to his family?

Blending pulp science fiction with historical pieces, Hiding in Time makes for a fun story. While this reviewer missed the first issue, the second is good enough that Iíll be keeping an eye out for the third.

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