Past Aways #1

Writer: Matt Kindt Artist: Scott Kolins Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: March 25, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 3
7.3Critic Rating
7.2User Rating

From the brain of MIND MGMT’s Matt Kindt!

2015: the distant past. A crash landing strands five deep-time explorers in a primitive world of internal-combustion engines and Internet 1.0 and tears a rift in space-time that spouts dinosaurs, giant robots, and other strange phenomena! Only the marooned “Past Aways” can defend the twenty-first century, unless the tensions of their unexpectedly prolonged mission tear them apart!

  • 9.0 - Stuart Conover Mar 28, 2015

    What we get here is a sign of humanity's future. Only, our future has evolved the five humans stuck in our time period into having super hero level abilities. There is a lot of potential for an extremely fun series that can be both serious and campy at the same time. I'm eager to see where Kindt and Kolins take things going forward. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Rhymes With Geek - J. Reifler Mar 24, 2015

    Feels like the start of something original and full of limitless story-telling potential.Past Aways is a book I definitely plan on following for future issues. The premise is exciting, the characters are interesting and well-developed, and the conflict between them and the missions they are clearly about to be thrown up against has a lot of promise. It's nice to finish a new comic and think 'wow that was fun!' I would love to see this team cosplayed as the designs really are quite memorable. Who knows what the future holds for the Past Aways? I can't wait to find out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Charles Joy Mar 24, 2015

    So, while I do highly recommend checking out DHP #6 for the prologue, this is definitely a perfect jumping on point for new readers. And from what I can tell, we should hold onto chonohelmets – it is gonna be a wild ride through our future's history! Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Mar 25, 2015

    Being the sucker for time travel stories as I am, it's no surprise that I found myself intrigued by this. There are naturally issues that crop up in my mind in how it should work, but that just leaves me wanting to get answers about the future side of the story and what their world is like, and how it's shaped them. Starting off with the team fractured and apart is not unusual at all and it works well enough for obvious reasons of introducing everyone and their various issues, so there's no complaints there. There's just enough intrigue here to entice and I'm definitely curious to see where they're going to go with this, though I hope we get more concrete things sooner rather than later as a tease in time travel material can last only so long. And new creator owned series definitely need strong hooks from the start. This one comes close to a strong hook, but needs just a bit more to really cement it. I'm definitely in for it though. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Dodge Mar 26, 2015

    "Past Aways" #1 is a very successful first issue, as Matt Kindt and Scott Kolins collaborate to create an entertainingly irreverent story of bored time-travelers trapped here with us cavepeople. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Alexander Lu Feb 27, 2015

    So much of this book was done so absolutely right that it becomes hard to dwell on either of these things. There's plenty left to be explained about how time travel works in this story and how they found themselves in their current individual states, but the characters and motivations are far more important to hooking an audience's attention"and they certainly have mine. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Steven E. Paugh Mar 25, 2015

    Together, Kindt, Kolins and Crabtree (which sounds like the best legal firm in the multiverse) may not be reinventing the wheel with their time-traveling band of scientific malcontents, but there's more than enough to chew on in Past Aways #1 to make me salivate for more. Don't get left behind on this one. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Tyler Goulet Mar 26, 2015

    Past Awayswas surprising, to say the least. Kindt's books are like one giant box of chocolate, but more often than not you're going to get something that is not only “out there” but something that is also meticulously thought out, designed and executed. Kindt is undoubtedly at the top of his game right now and there might not be another writer out there firing on all cylinders like he is (maybe Joshua Williamson). On top of his wizardly, bearded genius you have a fantastic art team that all combine for an excellent debut issue. If you're tired of the same old, same old, pick upPast Aways. What's the worst that could happen? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Mar 25, 2015

    While this series may not appeal to all audiences, genre enthusiasts will find much to admire in this first issue of Past Aways. The artwork is great and it has a brilliant concept. Hopefully future issues will bring about more interaction between the core cast to better establish their personalities past a series of stock traits. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Mar 25, 2015

    Generally, this first issue is fun to read and has a snappy look. Where it falters is in introducing the core cast of heroes. The cover has little blurbs describing each character, and often these blurbs are more informative than anything in the actual script. Their personality traits and relationships definitely need more fleshing out in issue #2. A comic can only get so far without strong, memorable characters serving as the backbone. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Feb 27, 2015

    Kindt and company introduce a "Challengers of the Unknown" vibe by way of Rip Hunter, but the heart in this first issue is missing, with only bickering where that heart should be. "Past Aways" #1 is packed with promise but lacking on energy, starting the series out rather slowly. Hopefully now that Kindt, Kolins, Crabtree and Leigh have introduced the crew, they can give us a reason to want to see more of these characters and their adventures. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Mar 29, 2015

    Kindt's script does a solid job of establishing an emerging threat to the present in this inaugural issue, but what he doesn't do is give the audience a reason to keep tabs on his cast or care about what they're doing. Almost the entire lineup of the team is gruff, hostile or off-putting in some way. Even Ursula seems unlikable, given her suicidal tendencies, which come off as weakness, as though she's given up on the adventure just as we're joining her on it. I get what the writer is trying to do here. I see why he's brought an edge to these characters, why he's embraced dysfunction as his starting point. It just didn't really hook me, and with my mild scorn for the cutesy title, he and Kolins really needed to draw me in to get me to read more - in the future. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - alexkrefetz Mar 26, 2015

    While the book looks fun, it's hard for me to piece together what was actually going on from page to page. The characters seem interesting enough, but so much information is conveyed in such a small space. I think this is the first time I've ever seen the biographies of characters included on the cover, and it doesn't do much to help me remember their names much less their personalities and quirks. Kolins and Kindt have created a dynamic and interesting world, but it's more than a little confusing to understand what is happening here. Given a few issues, the team might have a more lighthearted take on sci-fi than some of its contempories. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Mar 24, 2015

    Past Aways #1 is, unfortunately, not as great as you may hope. It does a decent job job as a first issue, introducing the audience to the characters and premise, but it has nothing else going for it. No one is likeable or interesting, the writing is average at most, and the artwork is just okay. There are much better science fiction comics going on right now and while this book could turn around, it just doesn't warrant your money currently. Maybe get this if you are a big fan of the writer or artist. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Forrest Hollingsworth Mar 25, 2015

    Past Aways is stronger in idea than it is in presence. As the story unfolds, it might become something worth picking up but right now? You might be better holding off unless you’re a devoted fan of these creators. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Mar 30, 2015

    Since the days of the Fantastic Four, the idea of a team of quirky science-themed adventurers has been something that's resonated in comic books, whether you're talking about Iron Man or Think Tank or Imaginauts or Challengers of the Unknown or Nowhere Men. The list goes on and on, but what sets each of these books apart is that they each have taken a different angle or tone and ran with it, resulting in rich reads that can go as far as their heroes' imagination can take them. Past Aways, however, reads like recycled superhero stories, and what's worse, it doesn't have to be that way. Beyond Kolins' artwork, this book has a good hook to work with - it's got a great time travel high concept - which is why it's so disappointing that it refuses to use it. Read Full Review

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