The Boys and Preacher creator Garth Ennis has taken readers on some very wild rides. Now he’s taking them through time and space.
From Preacher to The Boys, Garth Ennis has given the comics world some of its most memorable – and twisted – adventures. Next up, Ennis will be tackling the subject of time travel by way of professional criminals with his upcoming comic Marjorie Finnegan: Temporal Criminal from publisher AWA Comics. A recent interview just gave fans an idea as to what they can expect from the latest adventure.
Ennis spoke with AIPT to discuss his new foray into comic book adventures. Temporal Criminal will be written by Ennis with art by Goran Sudžuka. The comic will feature the eponymous Majorie, a time-traveling thief on the run from both the Temporal Police and her own ex, who just can’t let go. The time-traveling premise opens up tons of possibilities. As Ennis told AIPT, “Want two characters who could never meet to do so? Go for it. Like to see what happens when someone employs 50th century technology in the 5th? Same again. All reality is your oyster.”
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Unlike many of his other protagonists, however, Ennis describes Majorie as an “innocent-ish” character, despite her criminal profession, Ennis explained in the AIPT interview. Despite being “100% hedonistic,” however, there are limits to what she will and will not turn a blind eye to. It seems some of the series’ conflicts will find Majorie fighting against “the kind of wrongdoing even she can’t ignore.” According to Ennis, the series will also explore the entangling paradoxes the time-travel genre has become famous (or infamous) for: “…what happens to the present if you go back and change the past? How would you avoid that, if you were a temporal criminal? How would you fix it, if you were a temporal cop?“
Quantum entanglements aside, Marjorie Finnegan: Temporal Criminal is seemingly posed to be a considerably more lighthearted affair than Ennis’ more darker works like Crossed and The Boys. The previewed images, showcasing Goran Sudžuka’s art, feature a brighter, more adventurous tone for the series, as one features Majorie battling ancient Egyptians atop a sarcophagus. The tone also seems considerably more pulpy, which should work perfectly for Ennis’ fast-paced and over-the-top adventures.
Overall, Marjorie Finnegan: Temporal Criminal looks poised to thrill fans of both books like The Boys and Preacher as much as it will please fans of time-traveling franchises like Doctor Who and Bill & Ted. The premise alone gives Ennis thousands of potential settings, especially since Majorie hails from the 50th Century and can literally pick from any time period to run a heist or flee from the authorities. It also gives Ennis a considerable amount of options to include both his trademark social commentary and in-depth character study. As the tag line for the book reads, “Time is on her side.” Garth Ennis’ Marjorie Finnegan: Temporal Criminal goes on sale May 5th.
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