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.
That’s why, in the first issue of Future Proof, our heroes had to cause, rather than avert, JFK’s assassination, and why in the fourth issue, we see them save the life of a young Adolf Hitler, among other seemingly despicable acts. Their benevolent computer-god, the Sing, has calculated that these events must take place, in order to ensure the future that we all know. To stop them would be to usher in something much, much worse.
While our dauntless heroes continue to work their way further back in time, causing all manner of necessary mayhem, a mysterious man works to develop his own form of time travel in the 1940s. We previously saw him overseeing the Philadelphia Experiment. Now, he’s in Roswell, NM, working with a Nazi scientist to glean technology from an alien crash landing.
If you hadn’t already guessed, this is not your typical time travel story. Like many of the comic offerings from Bliss On Tap Publishing, it’s a bit strange and somewhat off the beaten path. It’s very compelling, though. The story is growing increasingly complicated, particularly as many of the time travel threads resolved in previous issues still continue to pop up in the plotline. If you’re the type who’s confused by time travel, this might not be the story for you.
I, on the other hand, am liking it quite a bit. I don’t always know what’s going on, but we’re not always supposed to know. There are still a lot of knots left to unravel, so the best thing is just to sit back and let them unravel at their own pace. In the meantime, enjoy the ride, because it really is quite a ride.