Reviewer: Terry Bunch
Review Rating: 9/10
Date: Mar 23rd, 2010
Publisher: Archaia & Roddenberry Productions
Writer: Phil Hester, David Hine, Ian Edginton, Matz
Art: Frazer Irving, Chris Burnham, Lee Moder, Hugo Petrus
Genre: Science Fiction / Adventure
Audience: T +13
Every once in a while, an original science fiction idea comes along and on an even rarer occurrence, that idea makes it to a comic. "Days Missing" is a story about "The Steward", a time folding being that alters the reality of human existence by removing specific days from mankind's history. On each adventure, The Steward folds time and enters the time period of a catastrophe, disaster or even the day that Frankenstein needed to be dealt with. As The Steward alters the outcome of the day in question, he believes that he has altered humanity's history, but has he?
This is science fiction the way it is meant to be: exciting stories that blend the boundaries of science and fiction. Even the concept of the Missing Days is taken from actual events in history when Earth's humans adjusted their calendars to compensate for their initial miscalculations.
The art in the series is crisp and fresh. Full color images utilizing shadowing and lighting effects allow the reader to see the emotions of the characters. In this hardcover edition, all 5 comics are together and in the back of the book is a cover gallery showing the 2 versions of each cover along with some online and convention art exclusives.
The stories are familiar so that they feel comfortable, yet different enough so they are exciting. Too often a science fiction concept gets too hung up on being "strange and alien" and they lose the connection with the reader. These stories touch the reader and allow them to experience the journeys instead of try to analyze them.
Additional bonus material in this hardcover edition include a forward by Warren Ellis, interviews with the creators, creator profiles, cheat sheet on the hidden code in the logo, stats on The Steward, a tour of The Library and look at the evolution of comic page from idea to pencil to ink.