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Webcomic / Adler's Watch

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Adler under a bridge with a "guest."
Sam: So...he looks a lot like you. Think he's a relative?
23: Yes. Also, look in his wallet.
Sam: Okaaay? His ID...1867? It's all old. What's him being a steampunk got to do with—
23: Not a steampunk, Sammy...A TIME TRAVELER!
Sam: The Doctor?
Issue #1, A Century In Seconds

Adler's Watch is a Web Comic by Anna-Maria Bryant.

In Gay Nineties New York, Anthony Adler is a remorseful murderer on the run from the law. While collecting mementos from his mother, who was one of his victims, he is cornered by police officers and is about to be shot on sight when he opens a fob watch from the collection that suddenly teleports him to the future.

Meanwhile in 2011, Sammy Brandy and Marie "23", two struggling paranormal investigators based in Austin, Texas, are looking through an antique shop for a fob watch with "Adler" engraved on it. Upon finding such a watch, 23 opens it, and Adler suddenly teleports into the room. They conclude from 23's and Adler's physical similarities that the two are somehow related, despite Adler's protests that he has no family.

Soon after this abrupt meeting, Sam and 23 get a call from a man claiming to be under attack from a manticore. Adler decides to come help the girls, and in the ensuing brawl, it is discovered that Adler has become effectively unkillable as a side effect of the time travel.


Now stuck over a century from his own time, Adler must adjust to 21st-century life as he and the two girls puzzle out the mystery of his appearance and fight other paranormal creatures lurking about Austin.

The first page is here, and the most recent page is here. The comic updates every Tuesday and Friday, although due to author's rather poor health, the Schedule Slip is a regular feature.


  • Action Girl: Sammy and 23 qualify, even though Adler's hard to keep up to.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Adler has his moments.
    Adler (holding the shining time-travel watch): You can't arrest the man for shining against his own wall!
  • Death Seeker: Adler is one for a moment in light of his previous crimes. His new found unkillability makes this unfeasable.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: Adler has a distinctly 19th-century attitude towards women.
    Adler: Wait here ladies! I'll take care of this. Afterall...wouldn't want you girls fainting and getting yourselves killed in there!
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  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Adler.
  • Hipster: 23 thinks Adler looks like one because of the way he wears his collar.
  • Monster of the Week
  • Night-Vision Goggles: More specifically, Night Vision Cool Shades.
  • Paranormal Investigation: The job of 23 and Sam. As with most paranormal investigators, they're down on their luck thanks to skepticism from the public and a general glut of cases for them to take. This is further exacerbated by one of their neighbors repeatedly taking down their bulletin ad under the assumption that it is a hoax.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: 23 is red and Sam is blue.
  • Schedule Slip: Due to author's poor health sometimes months can pass between updates.
  • Sympathetic Murderer: Adler is one. He killed several people (exact number unknown), including his own mother, but at the same time he's fun to be around and, well - main character.