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INDIE COMIC REVIEW: The Accelerators Momentum #4 – Force

By Jeff Ayers

INDIE COMIC REVIEW: The Accelerators Momentum #4 - Force

Creator/Writer: R.F.I. Porto

Pencils/Inks: Gavin P. Smith

Colors: Tim Yates


Blue Juice Comics

Well, here we are at the end of this story arc, but “The Accelerators: Momentum #4” brings out all the tricks to make this issue one of the best of the series! For those of you who haven’t been keeping up to date on this incredible series, check out my review of the first three issues starting with number one, all the way through to number three. Don’t worry I will wait right here.

Ready? Well, this issue starts right where three left off, with Spatz and the Dust robot talking over the fate of the rest of the group. It seems that, well, things are not what they seem to the rest, and therein lies some of the great twists this series has to offer. Without giving everything away, I can say that the sleepy town in the future that looks to be from the 1800’s is modeled that way as a haven for people just like Spatz and his companions. Whether this a good or bad thing is a choice they must all make, or possibly have made for them.

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As I have said about previous issues, this book reads much like a movie script, and in a very interesting and exciting way. The revelation in this whole series is not just that the jumps forward in time are getting farther and farther towards the goal, the 88th century, but that Spatz has much more to do with all of this than anybody previously realized. We have seen proof that Spatz, the poor kid out of time picked up in the first arc of this series, has counterparts in the distant future, but now he has come face to face with a much older, future version of himself, that has willingly went into stasis with the Dust robot from this time. As confusing as that might sound, it gets more crazy when you factor in that he has been time traveling seemingly since we saw him first come in contact with the Time donut, so to be at such an advanced age could mean he has lived for a very long time. A very exciting revelation indeed.

INDIE COMIC REVIEW: The Accelerators Momentum #4 - Force

The artistic duties held down by Yates and Smith are still top notch, and this issue in particular flex some of that talent in ways we haven’t seen before in The Accelerators. The character of the futuristic Dust robot is, you guessed it, made up of dust, and is absolutely beautifully drawn. The way the character flows throughout each panel is completely believable, which is a hard thing to do with a character that absolutely does not exist. It is this amazing attention toe detail that keeps me coming back for more on this book. Unfortunately, this is the final chapter in the “Momentum” story arc, so hopefully the next story line is not far behind.

INDIE COMIC REVIEW: The Accelerators Momentum #4 - Force


The “Best There Is”:  From start to finish, the storyline of The Accelerators: Momentum has pulled me into the page, and never let me go. In a whirlwind of time travel antics and some incredible revelations, I keep coming back for more. That can only be attributed to the more than stellar writing of Porto, who knows how to craft a character with a lot of depth. Also, the art flows seamlessly from issue to issue, and especially with the crazy revelations in this final issue it truly shines on the page.

The “Isn’t Very Nice”: I’m just going to come out and say it: this book is the technical tenth issue in the whole series, and I demand to know more about the Time Donut! I feel like this crazy future tech, that even beings such as the Dust robot from this time, can’t really understand. There HAS to be an explanation, or even a little more hints about it. Even “Bob” had a small one made into a necklace, and that makes a pretty big deal in this issue as well. Trust me, I know the strength of a great story is to tease the juiciest bits to keep you turning the pages, but it is getting maddening I feel. Hopefully, with the revelation of where the group ends up at the end of this issue moving forward, we will start to get those answers we all desperately need.

FBI Score: 9.5 out of 10. A perfect score isn’t just thrown around, and for good reason. This issue, building upon all nine that have come before it, has truly shown what a comic book can be. The term “independent” or “indie comic” can come as a stigma to some, but this book proves that it should remain on the shelf next to the offerings of the big three because of its incredible storytelling and eye-popping accompanying art.

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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