Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Reader's Diary #1336 - Bob Gale (Writer): Back to the Future / Untold Tales and Alternate Timelines

In the introduction to Back to the Future: Untold Tales and Alternate Timelines, original screenplay writer for the movies, Bob Gale explains that this collection will fill in gaps of previously unanswered questions as well as a few other possibilities.

As a collection of such, illustrated by many different artists, there's bound to be those you enjoy more than others. I preferred the ones that worked as stand alone short stories to those that felt like mere vignettes of things not shown in the movies; questions that maybe weren't answered because no one really cared.

Still, overall, the book, like the movies, is fun, funny sci-fi lite. One major difference is that Doc Brown is much more the focus than Marty and often the stories are framed as if Doc is telling the stories to his kids.

Like the stories, the artwork, too is inconsistent. Most is pretty unremarkable, looking like standard superhero-ish pseudo-realism, but one panel in particular, drawn by Brent Shoonover, is a cut above. Check out this Rube Goldberg trap that Doc Brown has set. In the top right panel, you see Marty climbing in through a window and knocking over a domino. Then, in the large bottom panel, you follow the movement of the machine all in a single panel. Brilliant!

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