Comic Book Review

Review: Dudley Datson and the Forever Machine #1

Dudley Datson and the Forever Machine #1

Illustrated by: Juan Castro, and Jamal Igle

Written by: Scott Snyder

Dark Horse Comics


*Minor spoilers ahead

From New York Times-bestselling creators Scott Snyder and Jamal Igle comes this rollicking sci-fi adventure story about a boy, his dog, and a machine that controls time and space! What could go wrong? Have you ever wondered why all the great figures in history had a pet companion, and if they were all running from the same mysterious threat? Such questions have never crossed the mind of Dudley Datson, a fifteen year-old with a penchant for invention. But when dastardly foes turn his world upside down, Dudley is going to have to start facing things beyond his wildest imagination in this modern day fable.

Dark Horse Comics has once again pushed the boundaries of the graphic novel genre with their latest release, “Dudley Datson and the Forever Machine #1.” This inaugural issue, penned by the acclaimed Scott Snyder and vividly brought to life by the artistic talents of Juan Castro and Jamal Igle, is a testament to the power of creative storytelling and visual artistry.

The narrative follows the young and inventive Dudley Datson, a fifteen-year-old whose life is turned on its head by unforeseen adversaries. Accompanied by his loyal corgi, Dudley embarks on a journey through time and space, courtesy of a machine that defies the very fabric of reality. The story poses intriguing questions about historical figures and their animal companions, weaving a tapestry of mystery and adventure that captivates the reader’s imagination.

What sets this graphic novel apart is its ability to blend science and history into a thrilling escapade that appeals to a wide audience (a-la the Adventures of Bill & Ted). The value is undeniable—a double-sized issue priced at an accessible $4.99, offering a narrative richness that exceeds expectations. The book’s allure is further magnified by Snyder’s reputation, which serves as a beacon for readers seeking quality and depth in their comic book experiences.

The artwork is pretty excellent, with Castro and Igle’s illustrations perfectly capturing the essence of Snyder’s vision. Each panel is meticulously crafted, with attention to detail that immerses readers in Dudley’s world. The color palette is vibrant, the character designs are expressive, and the action sequences are dynamic, making every page a visual feast.

“Dudley Datson and the Forever Machine #1” is more than just a graphic novel; it’s a modern-day fable that resonates with anyone who has ever dared to dream. It’s a celebration of curiosity, bravery, and the enduring bond between a boy and his dog (similar to the Don Johnson movie classic, A Boy and His Dog, or ironically enough maybe even Fallout, but now including a time machine). For those who appreciate the intersection of science and history, and for anyone looking for an engaging read, this book should be added to your pull list at your local comic shop and  added to your collection.

As the series unfolds, readers can expect to delve deeper into the enigmas introduced in this first issue. With such a strong start, “Dudley Datson and the Forever Machine” is poised to become a beloved staple in the realm of sci-fi adventures. Grab your copy, and join Dudley and his canine companion on an odyssey that transcends time and ignites the imagination.



A Timeless Adventure for Teens to Adults

"Dudley Datson and the Forever Machine #1" is a sci-fi adventure comic that follows the story of Dudley Datson, a young inventor, and his dog. They encounter a machine with the power to manipulate time and space, leading to a whirlwind of events that challenge Dudley's understanding of history and his own reality.


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