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‘Terminal Point:’ Graphic Novel Review

There’s a lot going on in Terminal Point. We’re thrust headfirst into the story right from the start and sometimes have to work to keep up. It’s worth the effort, though. It may be a little overwhelming at first, but as things unfold, we become ever more deeply immersed in the story and the world.

Pilot is a super soldier of sorts, created by a secret organization for missions that span across time and space. He’s one of a whole army of such soldier creations, but is himself a brand new prototype, made unique, for some mysterious unnamed purpose.

When a mission involving an ancient, primitive, tribal people goes wrong, Pilot rebels against the mission he’s been given and the people who gave it to him. He takes his sentient time ship, Equus, and runs away to the City of the Future: Manhattan, 1946. While attempting to hide out and evade capture and retaliation for his actions, Pilot meets a beautiful lounge singer named Byrnn Stone and her mad scientist boyfriend.

The plot is full of twists and turns and can get pretty complicated at times. The story is seen through the eyes of Pilot, which presents some challenges in the beginning. Created for action rather than intelligence, his vocabulary and grammar are severely limited, and his narration only gives us the barest bones of what’s going on. After a while, though, he’s able to evolve beyond his original programming, gaining intelligence and allowing the story to flow more smoothly.

The art is done in a black-and-white film noir style, which fits well with the 1940s location. The story arc is three issues, and after each one is an excerpt from a short essay by Equus, Pilot’s ship. It tells the story of their first mission together: the dangers they encountered; Pilot’s natural aptitude for time travel; and the bond they ultimately forged.

There’s a lot of fun to be had in this comic. It’s packed with cool, sci-fi action, including chase scenes, future tech, and more. Beneath that, though, there’s also a deeper layer to the story. It raises a lot of interesting questions and doesn’t necessarily answer them all, but instead makes you think about things in a way you might not have before. It’s a unique and fascinating story and one that’s definitely worth reading. If you’re into twisted, sci-fi/noir stories that make you work a little, rather than laying everything out for you, then you’ll really enjoy Terminal Point.

Steven W. Alloway, Fanbase Press Contributor



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