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So far, we’ve seen our protagonist, Frank, do some pretty horrible things to quite a number of people. We know his ultimate goal is an honorable one—to find his daughter—but still, he’s doing quite a good job of “playing the bad guy.”

The tables have turned for rogue superspy Velvet Templeton. Up to this point, she’s always been one step ahead of everyone else. True, she’s flying by the seat of her pants for much of the time. Sometimes, she’s caught off guard or thrown for a loop, but she always knows exactly how to handle it, because she’s the best at what she does. Until now.

Time is a flat circle. Everything that has happened, will happen, forever. That philosophy, previously expressed in True Detective, is also a good description of the philosophy in The Infinite Loop. At least, it’s the philosophy of the society in the comic. Whether the creators actually agree with it remains yet to be seen.

Now I understand why Citizen of the Galaxy was split into only three issues. Each one takes place in a different setting and set of circumstances to the point where it’s practically three different stories. There’s a common thread between Issues #1 and #2, but here in #3, if it wasn’t released under the same title, you’d have to squint to tell that it was connected to the others.

The Struggle is Real takes the everyday perils and pitfalls of modern life and juxtaposes them with silent-era comedy. You might not think it at first, but the two actually pair together quite well, as social awkwardness is best portrayed with a broad, visual comedic style.

In many ways, this comic is similar to creator Andrez Bergen’s previous comic endeavor, Bullet Gal. It’s done in the same black-and-white, digital photomanipulation art style. It’s got a strong female protagonist, and it’s got a definite noirish feel to it; however, even with these similarities, Trista & Holt manages to be a very different and distinct comic from Bullet Gal.

Amazon.com says that the paperback version of Robert Heinlein’s original novel, Citizen of the Galaxy, is 288 pages—not super long and, in fact, shorter than many of Heinlein’s other works, but still a fairly substantial story. That said, at the end of this, the second issue of the comic adaptation, were the words, “To be concluded . . . ” indicating that there’s only one issue left. I’m not sure exactly how they can fit an entire novel into three issues or how much they must be cutting out. Regardless, though, what they’ve presented here is a pretty enjoyable and engaging experience.

The main focus of the trailer, posters, and most other publicity for Kill Me Three Times is star Simon Pegg. So, the first thing you’ll probably notice upon watching the actual movie is that his name appears dead last in the opening credits, as “and Simon Pegg,” the way they do with major celebrities in minor character roles. In truth, this is an ensemble piece, and though Mr. Pegg’s role is significant, it’s not the focal point of the film.

What would you do if you had a time machine and could change history? Would you kill Hitler? Save Kennedy? Maybe stop World War I? Everyone has some historical tragedy or crisis they’d like to avert. But, keep in mind, actions have consequences, and time travel has consequences that ripple through history.

As far as British sci-fi/horror comedies go, the minds behind Papercuts and Inkstains are no Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright, but they certainly have their moments. The first issue of this anthology comic isn’t perfect, but it’s just quirky enough to be interesting.

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