Review: The Time Machine Graphic Novel

What would you do if you could travel in time?

An intrepid adventurer, known simply as the Time Traveller, meets his friends for dinner one night. During the conversation, he baffles them with his wild ideas about moving forwards or backwards in time. His claims are met with disbelief. Even when he proves his theory with a real-life experiment, his associates simply claim that he is a trickster – a magician. Yet, a week later, he enthralls his acquaintances yet again. He tells a story so unbelievable that it can’t be true… or can it?

The Time Traveller’s tale tells of our courageous explorer’s discoveries in another time. Does he find intelligence and technology beyond his wildest dreams? Or is the world filled with dreaded monsters? There’s only one way to find out…

It is possible I could be bias with this one as I am a Time Machine and H.G. Wells fan, but then again I think it is safe to say this is one of my new favourite ones regardless of that. The story is a great one and you can’t go wrong with a story like that, but you can go wrong in re-telling and I did not experience that at all with this adaptation.

I found myself going from page to page, and ultimately from cover to cover, in a very quick space of time because it was a hard one to put down. The story had all the elements that were the most important and were delivered really well. Plus the art not only matched the different tones, but I felt it also enhanced the story.

Like I mentioned, this is my new favourite, so don’t be surprised that I’m singing praises. I do like singing praises with favourites and who doesn’t? Back to the art though, I’m really impressed with the use of colour, the capture of emotion from the men’s disbelief at the time machine itself to the time traveller’s loss, and the layout. It really is well done and suitable to the story.

I would recommend it as a story to read regardless of it being an adaptation and also because it is an adaptation, especially if you can appreciate them and good ones more so.

NB: Some of the images posted look as if they have cross-hatching (the criss-cross pattern over the top of them). That’s not actually the case with the originals which these are scanned from. I discovered it’s from the imaging program on my laptop when I was adjusting their size for uploading.

  • Created By: Lewis Helfand and Rajesh Nagulakonda
  • Genre: Science Fiction, Classic Literature
  • Comic or Graphic: Graphic Novel
  • Published: 2008 by Campfire
  • Adapted/Based: The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  • Rating Out of Five: 5
  • Challenges: The Two Month Comic Challenge

3 thoughts on “Review: The Time Machine Graphic Novel

    • Ha! I’m sure the comic shop would be grateful. It gets a little like that sometimes doesn’t it?

      If you get a chance to read it I’d love to see what you think about it, especially as you’re a Time Machine fan.


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