And now the end is near …. Paul Rainey’s sci-fi kitchen sink OAP series nears the end.

Published On May 14, 2010 | By Richard Bruton | Comics, Reviews

There’s No Time Like The Present issue 12 (of 13)

by Paul Rainey

Self Published

It’s getting very close to the end of Paul Rainey’s excellent sci-fi/ time travel/ kitchen sink drama of OAPs and collector culture.

And since it’s a very complex story that demands the reader consumes all 11 previous issues before tackling this one (not a chore, believe me) there’s very little I can actually tell you of this issue that wouldn’t possible spoil your considerable fun when you tackle the whole series.

But I did review the previous issues (1-8, 9, 10, 11) and there’s enough reading there to hopefully persuade you how worthwhile There’s No Time Like The Present really is. I will point out that this episode does finally reveal the importance of the milkfloat from issue 4 and exactly what connection it has with Kelly’s disappearance – come on, you’re definitely intrigued now aren’t you?

There’s No Time Like The Present started off with such promise, as Rainey was obviously attempting to do something far more interesting and offbeat than a simple slice of life tale. As it developed and turned into something a lot more sci-fi, it also became quite clear that his sci-fi, just like his slice of life, was far from the norm. And now we’re nearing the end, it’s genuinely a pleasure to be able to say that (unless issue 13 is unbelievably awful – which is highly unlikely) this sci fi soap opera with it’s varied and unusual, non-stereotypical cast of characters lives up to every bit of early promise it showed.

(Milkfloats and horn-headed ambassadors from the future. That’s Paul Rainey’s There’s No Time Like The Present.)

There’s No Time is available from good comic shops, from the Rainey section on the FPI webstore or direct from Rainey’s website. Luckily for you people, every other issue of the series is also available as well, since rainey realised early on that this was going to be something that really demanded reading the whole story.

And whilst we’re talking of Rainey and endings I’ll point you in the direction of Joe’s post yesterday on the conclusion to the monumental 2000AD Prog Slog Blog.

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About The Author

Richard Bruton

– Started in comics retail aged 16 at Nostalgia & Comics, Birmingham. Now located in Yorkshire, he’s written for the Forbidden Planet International Blog since 2007. Specialising in UK Comics and All-Ages comics, Richard’s day job in a primary school allowed him to build the best children’s graphic novel library in the country.

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