Time Before Time #1

Writer: Declan Shalvey, Rory McConville Artist: Joe Palmer, Chris O'Halloran Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: May 12, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 20
8.5Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

    The year is 2140, and to escape a world with no future, many turn to the Syndicate, a criminal organization who, for the right price, will smuggle you back in time to a better life. After working for the Syndicate for years, Tatsuo and Oscar decide to steal one of their boss's time machines-but soon find that the one thing you can't run from is your past.

TIME BEFORE TIME is a brand-new ongoing series where writer/artist DECLAN SHALVEY (BOG BODIES) joins forces with the WRITE IT IN BLOOD team of RORY McCONVILLE and JOE PALMER. Looper meets SAGA in this extra-sized debut issue

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Carl Bryan May 13, 2021

    Get in on the ground floor of Time Before Time. You won't be able to travel back in time to get the first issue if you miss it…. Read Full Review

  • 10
    BGCP - Andy MacGregor May 10, 2021

    Comparisons to Looper aside, this is a really enjoyable story and I am looking forward to the rest of the series. Shalvey & McConville bring their own take on Time Travel and the storyline leaves you in suspense wanting more. Well written and matched perfectly with glorious artwork, this is a book I am happy to recommend. Fans of Time Travel and mystery, be sure to pick this up! Read Full Review

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    COMICON - Olly MacNamee May 3, 2021

    Time travel, for a price. And if you can afford it then the likes of Tatsuo, a down-and-out loser in life forced to work for the Syndicate in order to pay off his debt in new sci-fi thriller, Time Before Them #1 by Declan Shalvey and Joe Palmer. Until the day he Strats thinking of stealing a time-travelling pod and hiding from it all. But, with so much bad luck, will be ever get a break? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles May 12, 2021

    This could be one of the big hits of 2021…or any other era. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett May 12, 2021

    Time Before Time #1 is a hell of a debut with a lot of detail helping to really make the story. There's a solid concept here and the ending has me guessing as to where this is all going. Since it involves time travel, I have no idea where that might be. This is one to absolutely get so you can sit back and enjoy. Read Full Review

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    Comics: The Gathering - James Caudill May 12, 2021

    I’m highly intrigued by where Time Before Time goes. This story ends off with a fascinating cliffhanger that is going to drive this story and what time that it ends up in. I think it is about time that you go to your local comic book shop and pick this up today, while there is still time. Okay, enough with the horrible time puns. But, seriously, you should check this book out. Read Full Review

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    ComicBook.com - Logan Moore May 12, 2021

    It's one of the more refreshing comic books I have read in quite a while and I can't wait to see how it evolves in the future. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally May 12, 2021

    Joe Palmer gives the visuals a great film noir style. The characters look great and the world is layered with details that visually catch the eye. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Apr 21, 2021

    All in all though, Time Before Time is a fun read and the slightly longer than average issue manages to set up an interesting premise that will be familiar to many sci-fi aficionados. It's not quite a must-read, but if you have a gap in your reading lists, this will fill that time travel itch nicely. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison May 10, 2021

    Time Before Time is a truly timeless work, sure to appeal to fans of dystopian science-fiction. I don't think it will win over any who aren't already fans of the genre, but this is a solid opening chapter for what promises to be a great graphic novel. Read Full Review

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    But Why Tho? - Collier May 7, 2021

    Time Before Time #1 mixes a hardboiled crime story with time travel tropes for a solid debut issue. The ending of the first issue is a whopper of a cliffhanger and promises to build upon an already unique premise. If you enjoy films like GoodFellas or Looper, this is the comic for you. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Ronnie Gorham May 12, 2021

    Time Before Time #1 is packed without a lot of memorable moments. The writing and art are solid all around. The book's climax will definitely have you on the edge of your seat. Do yourself a favor and grab yourself a copy today. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Sequential Planet - Danilo To May 18, 2021

    Time Before Time is off to a good start. Read Full Review

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    Nerdly - Dean Fuller May 17, 2021

    I once thought about writing a time travel book, but wasn't sure if there was any future in it. Ahem. I'll stick to writing reviews. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Justin Munday May 11, 2021

    An intriguing start to this time travel focused ruined future series, with its influences on its sleeve and some unique visual work. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Sherman May 13, 2021

    This first issue brings a fun story and a new twist to time-travel that can appeal to a wide variety of comic fans. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Lotusland Comics - Hank Rea May 17, 2021

    'Time Before Time' #1 is off to a strong start. The neo-noir time travel crime thriller ends with a bang taking a familiar plot line and upending all expectations. This story could go anywhere moving forward and that's exciting. It also looks properly grimy and sordid thanks to the art team. Issue one does enough to recommend getting on board now.  Read Full Review

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