Word is out from Aftershock Comics that Chew and Outer Darkness writer and co-creator, John Layman, is about to drop a new time-travelling series. But one with his usual brand of darkly delicious humour, as you can work out from the title of this new series, The Man Who F#%&ked Up Time. And, I that wasn’t enough of a clue, just read the synopsis too:
Sean Bennett is just your everyday, ordinary lab worker in a high-tech lab with a proto-type time machine. And, yeah, he’s got the same temptations any of us would have about going back in time, just a bit, to correct mistakes of the past and right old wrongs. So, when he meets a version of himself from the future who encourages him to do just that, Sean takes the temporal plunge. Only…can you guess what happens next? Did you read the book title? Yup. All of TIME is f#%&ed up now, and it’s up to Sean to correct it – or else!
And, of course, Layman, who will be accompanied by Karl Mostert on art, Dee Cunliffe on colors (Layman’s doing his own lettering on this one) had more to add in the official announcement:
The Man Who F#%&ed Up Time started off as a funny, goofy idea that hit me when I was brainstorming time travel ideas. First off, the title made me laugh, which is always a good thing, and from there it expanded to an exercise to try to take the notion of butterfly effect to the crazy, most absurd situations possible. One small change to the space-time continuum, and a million crazy repercussions as a result.
As for, Mostert, who makes his mainstream comic book debut on this title, Layman has nothing but sympathy for him. After all, as Layman humorously mentions, “He’s got the unfortunate job of having to draw all the crazy things I through at him, which is essentially everything in all of human history—and more!” Sounds like a mammoth task, but a fun one too. Something to really sink your teeth into as an artist, I imagine.
So, think Doctor Who meets Back to the Future meets Saturday Night Live, and you may be half way there. Either way, I’m digging the preview pages, which give you a real sense of the series and the goofy drama too.
Look out for the debut issue on 5th February 2020, or ask your LCBS about ordering you a copy now.