Valiant Comic Book Alphabet of Cool – I
Today, we look at the third musketeer.
Ivar the Timewalker
As I mentioned during the feature on Archer and Armstrong, while first there were only two immortal brothers (Gilad and Aram, the Eternal Warrior and Armstrong, respectively), in Archer and Armstrong/Eternal Warrior #8, Barry Windsor Smith introduced a third brother, Ivar.
Ivar was just like his brother in the sense that he, too, was immortal, but he was different from his brothers in two great respects:
1. He was pretty normal, as compared to the loutish Aram and the over-bearing Gilad
2. He could travel through time.
In one of the best hooks for a series you’ll hear, Ivar had the ability to sense when “time arcs” would open up. He would then travel through these time arcs and end up in the past or future – he had no control over where he went.
The real hook is that he fell in love with a woman in ancient Egypt, so each journey through the time arc he hopes takes him back to that time period. Or, in other words, each leap might be his leap home.
It was originally done by Bob Hall (writer) and Don Perlin (artist). They did a fine job, but left the series way too early.
It was not as good after they left, and it was nice that they got one last issue on the book in 1996, with Timewalker #0.