Genre: middle grade science fiction graphic novel
Length: 265 pages
Setting: a generic rural location, and at least one alternate planet
Summary: Luke investigates a strange sound in the woods and finds a skeleton in a space suit, a vampire, and a mummy looking for a device. He picks up the device and it accidentally locks on his arm. Another crew, made up of an old scientist, a robot, a dinosaur, and a ghost, show up and use the device to travel to another dimension full of bug cowboys. It takes Luke a bit of time to adjust to the situation and learn what’s going on. The master of the first group wants the device in order to take over the universe, and the second group is trying to keep it away from him. Luke gets involved in keeping the device away after they jump back to his world at an earlier time and change the time stream.
Final thoughts: This story had a surprising amount of humor, considering it starts with Luke’s brother dying in an accident. There were several times I laughed out loud reading the story, especially when they were in the bug world. The bad guys were obviously bad guys. Not only were they dead creatures, but there mean to each other. They kept blaming other party members for their mistakes to their boss to try to shift blame. Otherwise, it’s a pretty standard time/dimension-travel story. At the end, Luke revisits the first scenes and changes them for the better. His brother survives, but now he can no longer be part of that time stream. He heads off with his new friends without even thinking about the fact that he’s leaving his family behind. But there are adventures to be had!
Title comes from: The device Luke finds allows him and those around him to shift through space and time.
Reading challenges fulfilled: none since this was too short
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