Given the cover to this issue how can you not want to know what’s up with Marty and his clones? Or are they alternate timeline versions of himself? Whatever they are — it’s heavy. We take a look to answer the question, is it good?
Back to the Future #15 (IDW Publishing)
So what’s it about? Check out our exclusive preview to read up on that.
Why does this book matter?
The first issue of the new story arc set the narrative up well and honed in on Marty’s insecurity. It’s easy to forget he’s a teenager and the issue did well to remind us of that. With all these Martys I can’t help but think his psyche is in for a lick of trouble.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
The basic premise of this issue is sound as Marty and the reader attempt to figure out what the heck is going on; Marty and Doc are split up and in their respective actions they attempt to understand what is happening and what the stakes may be. Doc flies off in his DeLorean – and makes some funny references as to why nobody will notice or care given it’s the 80’s – and works out what is really happening. Meanwhile, Marty basically has a talk with himself… amongst his selves and realizes the ramifications of time travel. Bob Gale and John Barber make this a psychological sort of tale and it generally works.
The art by Emma Vieceli continues to be excellent. Given all the dialogue in this issue she keeps the cartoony style looking interesting with some creepy Marty glares and dead faces here and there. Doc has all the appropriate facial expressions to pull off the comedy of the comic and Marty keeps it serious. Avoiding spoilers here, but the technology looks quite cool in this one too.
It can’t be perfect can it?
This is the epitome of decompressed storytelling. About 10 pages into this issue I thought, “Okay, get on with it.” It doesn’t. Back to the Future #15 waits and builds up to a twist that didn’t need so much build up by filling the pages with Marty’s doubts and ruminations and Doc’s slow understanding of what is going on. Once you finally discover the twist the issue reveals nothing new, but instead instills a threatening scene that’s about the same as one that came before it. At the pace its going this story arc is turning out to be telling a two issue story arc across way more issues than it needs.
Once again, Marty whines and worries like in the last issue which is incredibly annoying and boring. He goes on and on, way too long, to fill the pages to the point where you’ll be screaming, “Yes we know get on with it!”
Is It Good?
I’m digging the story, but it’s way too slowly paced to entertain you enough all the way through. The art is nice, the concept strong, and there’s some laughs too, but the story is so decompressed you’ll be bored to tears.