Review: ‘Back to the Future’: Citizen Brown #1: Game On

Time-travelling into comics directly out of Telltale’s 2010 smash-hit episodic video game BACK TO THE FUTURE: THE GAME, adapted to comics at last! When an empty time-traveling DeLorean suddenly shows up in 1986, Marty McFly quickly learns that his friend Doctor Emmett “Doc” Brown is stranded in 1931 and possibly in mortal danger. Now it’s up to Marty to return to the past to once again save Doc and the time-space continuum! But this time, will he be too late?

Like the description says, this comic is based on the game from Telltale studios and brought to life by original writer Bob Gale with Erik Burnham helping with the script. The pairs commitment to being faithful to the game based on the film really seems to shine through. Marty having to undertake a journey to the past to save Doc really captures the spirit of the film.

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This time around, Marty meets more ancestors of the McFly and Tannen families. He again has no choice but to get the help of Doc Brown`s younger self. And once again Marty`s actions cause problems with the timeline. Kinda sounds like a lot of things are happening “again” aren’t they? This is the one main problem with this series, it’s a bit too formulaic to previous stories in the Back to the Future series.

The art by Alan Robinson updated the characters from the CG designs of the game and make them look more like other versions of the comic series. This is good because the game’s original CG models were a bit too cartoonish and probably wouldn’t have held up in a comic book miniseries. Robinson’s experience with doing issues of the currently ongoing Back to the Future series made it so he knew exactly how to present the characters to make the recognizable to the readers.

The issue feels a bit predictable but will probably pick up later. Hardcore fans of the franchise will want to make sure to check this one out and even those who are only casual to the series will find something to enjoy. It’s an adventure with Marty and Doc Brown, when is this ever a bad thing?

Anthony Wendel
Anthony Wendel
Anthony is a geek through and through who still looks forward to new releases, sneak peeks, Giant Monsters, and robots of all shapes and sizes. He loves animation of all shapes and sizes. He has a distinct apprehension for trolling and clips shows. His books, The Handbook for Surviving A Giant Monster Attack and Santa Claus Conquers Manos: The Hands of Fate are available on Amazon.