I was asked to review a comic by Faro Kane called The Chronicles of FARO, Vol. 1. The story revolves around the titular character, a scientist who invents time travel and makes it his mission to prevent the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
This comic, each chapter drawn by different contributing artists, was very well drawn overall and excellently written with minimal typos. What especially grabbed me was how the comic handled the concept of time travel and encountering the same events and characters such as John Wilkes Booth and Lincoln himself in different ways both through the story itself and through the art. I was especially impressed at one point when one chapter, drawn in black and white, broke the fourth wall as Faro asked “What happened to the color?” as another character matter-of-factly explained it was for clarity.
The writing was verbose in some places, and the title character’s situation compelled a few too many, too-lengthy stretches of Q & A throughout the story, but with such a complex plot this was to be expected. The comic contained some mature themes as it talked about the Civil War and humanity at its basest level, both among the haves and the have-nots. I found it hard to keep track of every character at all times but I allowed my mind to stress about it less, attributing it to the natural peculiarities of time travel stories.
A little jarring were the chapter breaks, featuring pinup art that had little to do with the comic chapters preceding or following them, drawn by various artists in diverse art styles. While the images themselves were enjoyable (I’m a tremendous fan of pinup art), I felt they broke the immersion of the book a bit and some more story-appropriate covers or chapter images would have been better.
There is mature content throughout the comic including nudity, violence and the depiction of rape, but none of it is ever played merely for shock and it serves the story and the setting therein.
Overall, I enjoyed the comic very much and liked the characters, especially the lead. Despite his plight and constantly being in a state of being surrounded by people who knew what was going on while he didn’t, I found him to be an interesting lead who acted with passion and conviction.
I found the story of the first volume compelling enough to drive me through its over 90-page length and am eager to dive into the second volume. I’ll be reviewing the second volume soon.
Many thanks to Faro Kane for giving me the opportunity to review this fine work. View more of his work at https://farokane.com/.