- Title: Time Masters featuring Rip Hunter
- Author: Lewis Shiner
- Artists: Bob Wayne, Art Thibert, José Marzán Jr.
- Line: Immediately after Crisis on Infinite Earths (early Modern Age)
- Characters: Rip Hunter, Vandal Savage
- Publication Date: 2008 (this edition), first published 1991
- Publisher: DC Comics
- Date Reviewed on GoodReads: 7/27/2016
Time Masters featuring Rip Hunter is a graphic novel collection from 1989 and 1990 – thus it’s printed on low-quality newsprint in a four-color process. It looks and feels like an “old-fashioned” comic book because it is. But after reading several New 52 collections it was fun to read something a bit more old-fashioned and fun. Rip Hunter has solved the riddle of time travel, but has also discovered an inconvenient rule: each method of time travel can only be used once. If someone uses his Time Sphere to go back in time – they need to use a different method to return to the present (such as a time platform) – if no other method exists it’s a one-way trip. Also, each person can only use each method once. Rip gathers a group of scientists and they set out to save the world by unraveling a mystery – who are the Illuminati and who is their leader, Vandal Savage?
Vandal Savage and his Illuminati, whose origins go back to Atlantis, are definitely up to something – they, for example, kill George Washington and replace him with a duplicate German baron. Savage and his group sit in the shadows and pull strings and manipulate the fortunes and future history of the world.
However, this is one of the weaknesses of the book. I’ve never been a fan of conspiracy theories – most not only stretch credibility but can be easily disproven with easily obtainable facts. Rip, rather than being a dashing hero, sounds increasingly paranoid and becomes a “not nice guy” by the end of the book. Rip’s friends and associates are a good group though.
Although Time Masters was a fun trip to DC Comics past, full of nostalgia, the actual story was only so-so. I vastly preferred Time Masters Vanishing Point which was filled with awesome character interaction and a great story. Overall all, I can only give Time Masters featuring Rip Hunter a half-hearted recommendation. It’s OK but flawed.