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2140. To escape a world with no future, many turn to the Syndicate, a criminal organization who, for the right price, will smuggle you back in time to the promise of a better yesterday. Tatsuo -- a smuggler for the Syndicate-- wants to leave his life of crime behind, but when an FBI agent disrupts his plan to steal a time machine, they both find themselves hunted across ti 2140. To escape a world with no future, many turn to the Syndicate, a criminal organization who, for the right price, will smuggle you back in time to the promise of a better yesterday. Tatsuo -- a smuggler for the Syndicate-- wants to leave his life of crime behind, but when an FBI agent disrupts his plan to steal a time machine, they both find themselves hunted across time by his former employers. A mix of SAGA and Looper, TIME BEFORE TIME is a sci-fi crime tale that shows the one thing you can never escape is your past. Collects TIME BEFORE TIME #1-5


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2140. To escape a world with no future, many turn to the Syndicate, a criminal organization who, for the right price, will smuggle you back in time to the promise of a better yesterday. Tatsuo -- a smuggler for the Syndicate-- wants to leave his life of crime behind, but when an FBI agent disrupts his plan to steal a time machine, they both find themselves hunted across ti 2140. To escape a world with no future, many turn to the Syndicate, a criminal organization who, for the right price, will smuggle you back in time to the promise of a better yesterday. Tatsuo -- a smuggler for the Syndicate-- wants to leave his life of crime behind, but when an FBI agent disrupts his plan to steal a time machine, they both find themselves hunted across time by his former employers. A mix of SAGA and Looper, TIME BEFORE TIME is a sci-fi crime tale that shows the one thing you can never escape is your past. Collects TIME BEFORE TIME #1-5

30 review for Time Before Time, Vol. 1

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    A time travel book where organized crime owns all of the time machines. They're ferrying people back to the past where things are better while also smuggling future tech back to their time. The book travels through a lot of different times but the years are always stated. I never felt lost since they typically are only jumping back and forth between a couple of different years at a time. There's some complex world building going on with rival gangs controlling different eras of history while our A time travel book where organized crime owns all of the time machines. They're ferrying people back to the past where things are better while also smuggling future tech back to their time. The book travels through a lot of different times but the years are always stated. I never felt lost since they typically are only jumping back and forth between a couple of different years at a time. There's some complex world building going on with rival gangs controlling different eras of history while our main character just wants to get out of the game before his time runs out.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alexander Peterhans

    Time travel! Who doesn't like a bit of time travel. And why not make it so that time travel basically is controlled by organised crime, who offer people the chance to move from their awful time period to a better one? So you have time travel people smugglers. And the people who operate the radiation-laden time machines have to do so to pay off debts. Ah, but wait! Then also make it so that there are different criminal factions spread through time that offer this service, and they're battling eac Time travel! Who doesn't like a bit of time travel. And why not make it so that time travel basically is controlled by organised crime, who offer people the chance to move from their awful time period to a better one? So you have time travel people smugglers. And the people who operate the radiation-laden time machines have to do so to pay off debts. Ah, but wait! Then also make it so that there are different criminal factions spread through time that offer this service, and they're battling eachother. And the FBI still exists, but doesn't seem to be very effective. Because there's time travel involved, things quickly become complicated. I really enjoyed this, it's ridiculous and fun, and has a heart to it. The art reminded me of European comics art from the 80s, and is very well done. Recommended! (Picked up an ARC through Edelweiss)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kadi P

    *Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review.* *More like 3.5 stars than 3.* An interesting take on a criminal time travelling agency. Not bad, but not amazing. Mostly it had potential and was a quick read. This managed to still be enjoyable despite the fact that all the time jumping in the plot was basically impossible to keep straight in your head and much about how the criminal time travel agency called “The Syndicate” wasn’t explained. Al *Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review.* *More like 3.5 stars than 3.* An interesting take on a criminal time travelling agency. Not bad, but not amazing. Mostly it had potential and was a quick read. This managed to still be enjoyable despite the fact that all the time jumping in the plot was basically impossible to keep straight in your head and much about how the criminal time travel agency called “The Syndicate” wasn’t explained. All the year’s were helpfully listed each time the year changed, but there were just so many different seemingly random years. Despite this, the general gist of the plot wasn’t hard to grasp. And this comic pretty much did what it said on the tin: it’s about time travel and it delivered on that. The characters were interesting, and the few scenes of backstory helped to give the protagonist’s more personality, yet it didn’t feel like enough. The action of the plot often got in the way of those much-needed scenes required for further character depth. Still, there was a good foundation laid down for the next volume to build on. The art was certainly an interesting style. It was all long faces and odd pockmarked skin. The colours were a little boring mostly but adequate enough, I suppose. The covers and variant covers were really amazing and seeing them made me wish the art in the interior pages could’ve been a little more exciting too.

  4. 4 out of 5

    James

    3.5 stars. This was pretty cool. There’s this outfit called the syndicate. They smuggle people and items from and to the future and past, for a fee. An employee of this syndicate is tired of the crappy time he’s in and tired of making these jumps as they wear down your organs. He has made up his mind that he is going to steal a time travel pod and leave for good. This is interrupted by an FBI agent and now him and her are trapped in some future. Pretty solid story. I thought this was going to be 3.5 stars. This was pretty cool. There’s this outfit called the syndicate. They smuggle people and items from and to the future and past, for a fee. An employee of this syndicate is tired of the crappy time he’s in and tired of making these jumps as they wear down your organs. He has made up his mind that he is going to steal a time travel pod and leave for good. This is interrupted by an FBI agent and now him and her are trapped in some future. Pretty solid story. I thought this was going to be a self contained story but after reading, I see that this is going to keep going. I’ll definitely check out the next volume when it drops.

  5. 5 out of 5

    SuperSillySerra

    "If you're lost, you can look and you will find me..." A man in debt to an evil "travel" agency is tired of being fooled by the system. After his best friend goes missing, Tatsuo decides its time to get out.... This one made me feel a lot of things. All good things, but I wasn't expecting this to be an emotional rollercoaster. Good action, interesting drama, and time sequences that are easy to follow. It feels like a detective series while being a story about rebels, family and saving yourself. I "If you're lost, you can look and you will find me..." A man in debt to an evil "travel" agency is tired of being fooled by the system. After his best friend goes missing, Tatsuo decides its time to get out.... This one made me feel a lot of things. All good things, but I wasn't expecting this to be an emotional rollercoaster. Good action, interesting drama, and time sequences that are easy to follow. It feels like a detective series while being a story about rebels, family and saving yourself. I think this series will take off now that it is a graphic novel. Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if this gets picked up for another form of media later on.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jake

    Now this was something more original and took creative risks. It's essentially about feeling stuck and trying to find a new life... or more specifically, the business surrounding it. Since that means human trafficking it goes into the moral gray areas and the emotional toll on people who made the mistakes to get there in the first place. From debt, regrets, trauma, and the need to fix things, every choice and mistake looks at how tragedy brings every character together. The time travel element j Now this was something more original and took creative risks. It's essentially about feeling stuck and trying to find a new life... or more specifically, the business surrounding it. Since that means human trafficking it goes into the moral gray areas and the emotional toll on people who made the mistakes to get there in the first place. From debt, regrets, trauma, and the need to fix things, every choice and mistake looks at how tragedy brings every character together. The time travel element just adds to how choices can become an even bigger tragedy. That is if they ever had a choice at all; if debt is anything to go by in media, it usually revolves around some systemic problems. One of the villains meanwhile was born into this business and is under the pressure to perform well for his father. Everybody wants to survive and it looks like a bigger conflict is coming.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Alex Sarll

    2140: time travel exists, but mostly it's used for smuggling, not least smuggling people back in time to live in eras which are less shitty than 2140, even if that means learning to live without wi-fi. Two members of the Syndicate which handles this, increasingly realising they'll never work out their debts, decide they might as well smuggle themselves back too and start a new life. And because this is the sort of crime story about no-hopers where one thing after another goes wrong, that plan tu 2140: time travel exists, but mostly it's used for smuggling, not least smuggling people back in time to live in eras which are less shitty than 2140, even if that means learning to live without wi-fi. Two members of the Syndicate which handles this, increasingly realising they'll never work out their debts, decide they might as well smuggle themselves back too and start a new life. And because this is the sort of crime story about no-hopers where one thing after another goes wrong, that plan turns to crap, and then everything just keeps getting more desperately out of hand. Joe Palmer's art is a bit Paul Grist, with occasional moments of John McCrea, and the spareness works well for a story which could easily have become cluttered if the various timezones were overly rendered. In terms of the writing...yeah, I suspect it's fudging the temporal mechanics, but unless you're doing Primer that tends to come with the territory, and I did love the line "If the past could be changed, do you really think the world would be like this?" Which said, contrary to the doomed world I'd expected from the pitch, 2140 looks only slightly shittier than now, which feels madly optimistic – never mind the fact they know that even beyond that, humanity has a future! As a technological civilisation! Luxury, I call it. (Edelweiss ARC)

  8. 5 out of 5

    Adam Stone

    Time travel, gang warfare, undercover operatives, smuggling. There are ways to take all these elements and reinvigorate them with incredibly original ideas and complicated storytelling techniques. Or you can do what Declan Shalvey has done and just tell a straight-forward, intriguing story using characters with simple but believable motivations. Also, the use of time travel in this book isn't to change any history, it's smuggling drugs and technology on a very lowkey scale. If you wish Doctor Who Time travel, gang warfare, undercover operatives, smuggling. There are ways to take all these elements and reinvigorate them with incredibly original ideas and complicated storytelling techniques. Or you can do what Declan Shalvey has done and just tell a straight-forward, intriguing story using characters with simple but believable motivations. Also, the use of time travel in this book isn't to change any history, it's smuggling drugs and technology on a very lowkey scale. If you wish Doctor Who was one very contained storyline that didn't involve aliens and space travel, this might be the book for you. Be warned, in this story the companion kidnaps "The Doctor".

  9. 4 out of 5

    Estibaliz79

    3.5, as it was fun and interesting enough. Action packed and with time travel as the main plot point here, "Time Before Time" is an engaging story, that holds good promise for future issues... we'll see what happens. Some good characters, and an interesting set up for the Union vs Syndicate clash. 3.5, as it was fun and interesting enough. Action packed and with time travel as the main plot point here, "Time Before Time" is an engaging story, that holds good promise for future issues... we'll see what happens. Some good characters, and an interesting set up for the Union vs Syndicate clash.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Theediscerning

    There's a very succinct telling involved in this graphic novel, which uses only a few panels per page and not much in the way of dialogue, to capture the speed of the sci-fi caper at the core of it. In this world two crime syndicates seem to have the monopoly on time machines – Brundle-sized capsules allowing just a handful of people to go back in time (popular for people escaping the coming dystopia) or to fetch the medicines of the future (most lucrative, too). One smuggler, who seems to need There's a very succinct telling involved in this graphic novel, which uses only a few panels per page and not much in the way of dialogue, to capture the speed of the sci-fi caper at the core of it. In this world two crime syndicates seem to have the monopoly on time machines – Brundle-sized capsules allowing just a handful of people to go back in time (popular for people escaping the coming dystopia) or to fetch the medicines of the future (most lucrative, too). One smuggler, who seems to need to keep working til he's dead just to pay back the hire of the pods, wants out – but when his time comes to get himself to a safe time where he can change track, he finds he's suddenly not travelling alone. Cue chaos, but it's not the usual chaos where the impossible happens, and paradoxical events are lumped on to the page for the sake of it. There are a lot of timelines here to keep track of, but that's actually made possible by the linear, cause-and-effect, unshowy plot we get. The characters are a bit one-note, especially the smuggler's initial boss, but the lack of fat on the story is definitely to its credit. There's a sense the world-building could have made things a little clearer, such as the source of the machines and the rules behind them, but I left this book confident the creators know what to tell us and when. It didn't startle me into loving it, but it was pretty good drama, all told – four stars feels about right.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Trike

    This is super great. I love a good time travel tale where all the various pieces fit together like a good… well, timepiece. And this one does. Now I just need a time machine to see how it all turns out.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Fraser Sherman

    Good, but too much a Volume One to satisfy by itself. In coming centuries, time travel is a thing. People bounce back and forth stealing drugs and tech from the future, with various organizations feuding for control of temporal turf. Tatsuo works for the Syndicate helping people escape their dystopian future for a better time — for a price. Now he's tangled up in a turf war, and he's stuck with an FBI agent alongside him to boot. It's all engaging but at the end felt more like it was laying the gr Good, but too much a Volume One to satisfy by itself. In coming centuries, time travel is a thing. People bounce back and forth stealing drugs and tech from the future, with various organizations feuding for control of temporal turf. Tatsuo works for the Syndicate helping people escape their dystopian future for a better time — for a price. Now he's tangled up in a turf war, and he's stuck with an FBI agent alongside him to boot. It's all engaging but at the end felt more like it was laying the groundwork for the future series than worth reading in and of itself.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Paul Allard

    A time travel comic series which is quite good … If you like time travel stories! With a reasonable plot, this series deals with Tatsuo, a time traveller for the Syndicate, being sent on missions and not always making a success out of them or his life. There are a few characters which are quite interesting and the artwork is reasonably clear but not particularly my cup of tea. Ending on a cliffhanger, there’s more to come but, as you will have gathered, I’m not a big fan of time travel stories. I A time travel comic series which is quite good … If you like time travel stories! With a reasonable plot, this series deals with Tatsuo, a time traveller for the Syndicate, being sent on missions and not always making a success out of them or his life. There are a few characters which are quite interesting and the artwork is reasonably clear but not particularly my cup of tea. Ending on a cliffhanger, there’s more to come but, as you will have gathered, I’m not a big fan of time travel stories. I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mik Cope

    This is a fun, action-packed multiple heist timey-wimey yarn which was a joy to read. The artwork is "chunky cartoony" and fit the tone of the story perfectly. I'm curious to see how this one develops. This is a fun, action-packed multiple heist timey-wimey yarn which was a joy to read. The artwork is "chunky cartoony" and fit the tone of the story perfectly. I'm curious to see how this one develops.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Will Cooper

    Yeah, this has potential! Organized crime controlling time machines is a fun idea. Not a fan of the art, personally, but this has some fun ideas within the time travel genre. Would read the second volume!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ronald Esporlas

    Criminals who control time travel and use it with a right price to smuggle people to any point of time. I love the concept of the story and the art.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Andres Pasten

    algo irregular, pero la historia base es buena. El dibujo podria ser mejor, demasiados fondos lisos.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    Time travel, crime syndicates, double-crossing, and more. What more could you ask for? Maybe a touch more clarity with character development.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Andy

    Brief and diverting.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Charles Benson

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

  22. 5 out of 5

    Matti

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nick Zambrano

  24. 5 out of 5

    Zachary Whittaker

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jamil

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nowenen

  27. 4 out of 5

    Adam

  28. 4 out of 5

    Scott Pukos

  29. 5 out of 5

    Elrod

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

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