What happens when the Great Emancipator is suddenly freed from the bonds of time to right wrongs throughout history? Taken out of time on the night of his assassination, Abraham Lincoln learns all of history is threatened by the Tyrant of Time, Void Stalin—and that he is (or will be) Stalin's arch enemy! Faced with fiends like Mephitler and Apocalypse Mao, Lincoln joins with such historic heroes as Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, Ben Franklin and George Washington Carver to thwart the forces of evil in the past, present and future. In his final hour, he lived a lifetime!Now that we have your attention...
Time Lincoln is a one-shot graphic novel written and illustrated by Fred Perry, with cover art by Brian Denham. And...well, the back cover blurb you just read tells you pretty much all you need to know. It's Abraham Lincoln
, Isaac Newton
, Albert Einstein
, Benjamin Franklin
, and George Washington Carver
(along with a few other surprise historical cameos) travelling through time to fight off a demonic Adolf Hitler
, Mao Tse Tung
, and Big Bad Josef Stalin
(again, with a few surprise characters) and keep them from taking over all of time.You may pick your jaw up off the floor now.
This comic shows examples of:
- Action Bomb: Hoover Damned.
- Badass Crew: One for the heroes and one for the villains.
- Bad Boss: Stalin. No wonder two of his followers eventually betray him.
- Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: Naturally.
- Book Ends: The comic starts and ends with the time of Lincoln's historical assassination. He escapes death both times.
- Character Title: Again, obviously.
- Covers Always Lie: Kind of. The cover and the actual comic were drawn by two different artists, with the cover being in a more realistic style while Fred Perry's art is more cartoony.
- Fate Worse Than Death: Lincoln sends Mephitler into the deepest reaches of the Void, where he'll never be found. Until Void Stalin brings him back.
- Feed the Mole: Lincoln does this to Castro, who ends up turning against Stalin.
- Freeze Ray: George Washington Carver's weapon of choice, courtesy of Void-sustained Helium-4.
- Faster-Than-Light Travel: There's a reason he's called J-FTL-K
- Fun with Acronyms: Newton's cloaking device that prevents other travellers from seeing him is called a "B.O.O.M.-Box"—and it looks like one.
- Ghostapo: Hitler becomes Mephitler after dabbling in the dark arts, complete with demonic minions.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Josef Stalin got a pair after learning to manipulate the Void, which allows him to travel through time. Lincoln got the same power by gazing into them.
- Here We Go Again: Just when you think Time Lincoln's journey is at an end, his future self comes back and heals him, telling him there's more work to be done.
- Historical In-Joke: You know how everyone makes jokes about the connections between Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy? Guess who ends up saving Lincoln's life later in the story.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Void Stalin goes back in time to assassinate Lincoln before their rivalry begins. This ends up giving Lincoln the same power he has to freely travel through time. Oops.
- Jumped at the Call: Lincoln. Within seconds of seeing the Void for the first time, he's fighting back against Stalin.
- Lightning Can Do Anything: In Benjamin Franklin's case, it sends him to meet the others in the future.
- Me's a Crowd: Hoover Damned again.
- Nice Hat: Lincoln retains his signature stovepipe.
- Nuclear Weapons Taboo: Subverted. A scene is dedicated to Einstein pondering the ramifications of the atomic bomb's creation, because he knows it led to the creation of the villains' superweapon.
- Power Armor: All the heroes have a Steam Punk version of it—strangely, though, the villains don't.
- Powered by a Forsaken Child: The "Shiva Furnaces" that allow Apocalypse Mao's ancient jet fighters to travel through time? They're powered by the boiling of an innocent soul in a Soul Jar.
- Punny Name/Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Seriously—Mephitler? Apocalypse Mao? Hoover Damned?
- Red Baron: TIME LINCOLN.
- Shout-Out: The weakness of Mao's Shiva Furnace factory? Its exhaust ports. Subtle. Also, the heroes' Power Armor is strikingly similar to the Ghostbusters' proton packs.
- Space Sailing: One of the final battles.
- Steam Punk: In SPADES.
- Temporal Paradox: The first happens when Time Lincoln comes to the day of his assassination to save himself. The two Lincolns touching one another causes the Void to pull Past Lincoln into the future. A much older future Lincoln also saves Time Lincoln during the ending.
- Time Travel: The main crux of the story.
- You're Insane!: John Adams' response to Ben Franklin telling him of Lincoln falling through time. Naturally, he's wrong.