Not sure why, but there just isn't enough speculative science fiction in comics, despite the medium's seemingly perfect design for telling visual stories without chartable boundaries. So, I've always had a sweet spot for comics that attempt to fill this void, and OVERTIME was a pleasant discovery.
Produced by a pair of talented newcomers, OVERTIME comes awfully close to nailing it on the proverbial head. It kicks off with a very relevant premise -- militia madmen release a plague virus but instead of killing everyone it contacts, it has exactly the inverse effect. It grants eternal life. Flash forward four hundred years, and you've a world of immortals with very strict population controls. Those that can bear children do so only under government jurisdiction. And those that break the law, face the Nativity Police. Our story follows a rookie Nativity cop and her world-weary partner as they investigate the appearance of an unsanctioned, abandoned child -- the by-product of possibly the greatest sin of all...
OVERTIME reminds of me of early Asimov. Overflowing with imaginative ideas and quirky enthusiasm, short on exposition, some rough edges, but very rich in world building. I was impressed with Marc Bryant's script -- he doesn't overdo it as new writers are prone to do and allows the art to breathe and tell it's proper half of the story. Mal Jones has a fresh style that's deceptively intricate -- very fluid, almost living; a contrast to the excellent Brian Wood cover that completes an impressive package from a young publisher. My only complaint is that the end comes at you too quickly, when you're really not quite ready to put the book down. But, then again, the good ones never make you want to.
Peter Aaron Rose is a writer, producer and technologist who lives and works in San Francisco, CA. Under the pseudonym "Peter Siegel", he recently authored Killing Demons, a graphic novel available from Engine Press and Platinum Studios.