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Indie Comic Review: The Accelerators: Momentum #3 – Resistance

By Jeff Ayers

Creator/Writer: R.F.I. Porto

Pencils/Inks: Gavin P. Smith

Colors: Tim Yates

$3.99

Blue Juice Comics

The time traveling adventure continues in The Accelerators: Momentum #3, but this time, with less time traveling! That isn’t a bad thing for the story though, as the rag tag bunch of characters have found themselves hurdled through time to arrive at this strange place, right out of the past. Or is it?

If you missed the first few issues, check out what I had to say about issue one, and issue two. Basically, Spatz and the rest of the gang have been jumping forward to escape the growing number of threats they keep encountering in the distant future timelines of humanity. It seems that humans are becoming less and less of the population of Earth, as the robot population, along with some other unexplained beings, are taking over. The last issue found the group appearing in, what seems to be, a rural and old timey town, indicative of the 1600’s or so.  That isn’t the case, as the actual year is 2944, but we were left with the feeling that it might be a time for the group to finally rest.

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This issue opens up with something definitely amiss though. The main character, Spatz, who was originally picked up in 1991, is writing in a journal, saying just how odd he feels, like everything is brand new. Well, it is definitely brand new for the readers, because he believes Louis and Alexa are his parents. That is not the case at all, as they are from 1965, and they are the ones that inadvertently started this whole adventure with the discovery of the “time donut”.  We also get to see the cyborg Spartan, who isn’t a cyborg anymore, and in fact, all the future tech seems to have vanished, or at least been disabled. The clone that once worked for Bob is now Spatz’s grandfather, and Bob is a minister of the church.

The church itself seems weird and off putting, as the whole town goes there, yet the few interactions Spatz has along the way are big red flags as to things not being what they seem. Once Spatz sees something strange in the middle of the night, and no one believes him, he goes to look deeper into the strange feeling that he isn’t being told everything about this quaint little town, that apparently he just arrived at.

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The “Best There Is”: The creative team of Porto, Smith and Yates continue to bring an amazing story to the page, even with a shift in their storytelling motif. Up until this issue, the heart of the action has relied on the time donut and time traveling in general, and that is completely absent from this issue. But, the artwork is still engaging and eye catching on every page, drawing you further into the mystery that Spatz is so desperately trying to uncover. Also, the writing has never faltered from the break neck speed of a blockbuster movie, and it continues to carry the action and drama through each panel.

The “Isn’t Very Nice”: It was a big gamble to change up the formula in the third issue, and get rid of the time travel element altogether. Fans of this series from the beginning, have watched this story unfold through six issues before these three, and therefore are deserving of a break in that action as much as the characters themselves. But, for the casual reader that has only picked up these three issues, it might be a little jarring to have the characters in such a stagnant state. Also, the inclusion of the “being” that seems to be behind the strange happenings is tied back to a previous issue, and I wondered out loud the logistics of the reveal as I read it. But, it still makes for an enjoyable and interesting read, and is bound to set up some crazy action in the fourth and final issue of the “Momentum” arc, as it prepares to go forward from there.

FBI Score: 8.5 out of 10. I really liked this issue, but I felt that the entire issue being devoted to the mystery of “why” the group was stuck in this time stalled the story a little bit. Especially because the reveal, even though was twist heavy and a little shocking, was inferred by the keen reader early in the issue. All in all, I can’t wait for the fourth and final issue of The Accelerators: Momentum to hit the shelves.

Jeff Ayers

Both my parents instilled in me at an early age the awesome power and incredible wonder of the written word. My father sat with me when I was four years old and taught me to enjoy reading with classic comic strips like SPIDERMAN, PEANUTS, B.C. and, later, CALVIN AND HOBBES. My mother exposed me to such classics of literature as Poe, Tolkien, Stoker and Doyle, and I started my own comic collection with allowance money from mowing lawns. I liked Wolverine before it was cool, I watched as Superman died and returned, and huddled under the covers as I turned the pages of SANDMAN. Reading is like oxygen to me, and all genres and formats are welcome and devoured equally. I am the co-host of The DW and Incredible Jeff Show, CEO of Permian Productions, and a reviewer at Graphic Novel Reporter. I am 34 and live in scenic Saratoga Springs New York, where I haunt coffee shops and dive bars and the best comic shop anywhere, The Comic Depot.

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