Written by Ian Edginton, Phil Hester, David Hine, and Matz
Illustrated by Chris Burnham, Frazer Irving, Lee Moder, and Hugo Petrus
Cover by Dale Keown
From Roddenberry Productions, the creators of "Star Trek," comes a story about the hidden pages of human history. Since the dawn of time, a being has existed whose interaction and interference with mankind has shaped human development. His powers of time and intellect have allowed him to secretly remove certain critical days from the historical record. Their stories have never been told. Their details have never been documented. Their existence is not remembered. But the occurrences of these days have forever changed the course of humanity’s evolution. These are the Days Missing from our existence, and they are about to be revealed…
Collects all five issues of the hit mini-series and includes a cover gallery, design sketches, interviews with the creators, and a Foreword by Warren Ellis.
Posted by Optimous Douche on Jan 19 2011
It’s masterfully crafted tomes like DAYS MISSING that make me seriously question the only religion I have ever prescribed to: the church of Wednesday floppies. Seriously, I didn’t read one other book yet this week; I just couldn’t. Once exposed to the high-gloss presentation and exceptional sci-fi, religious and historical trappings of DAYS MISSING, the bar was set so high that my standard pulls simply couldn’t measure up.
God…Yaweh…Shakari….for eternity man (and women once they were allowed to read) have developed constructs of a guiding force that shepherds us to our ultimate state of being. Few religions can come to consensus on what that state might be, but it still hasn’t stopped us from finding solace and comfort in the intangible. DAYS MISSING takes a different approach to this guiding force, an approach that if it transcended from fiction to faith I believe would finally quell the endless debate between evolutionists and creationists alike.
“The Steward”, DAYS MISSING’S protagonist, is essentially God. However, this is not a portrayal of God by our traditional standards. Instead of being responsible for all forms of creation, both big and small, The Steward actually created nothing. The Steward simply is and always has been. He awoke with the universe, and has walked the earth through all epochs of time. Imagine if you will, God is merely guiding our societal development while our physical form can still be attributed to a lemur accidentally fucking a fish several billion years ago. But what truly intrigued me most about DAYS MISSING is the fact that all of our flights of imagination and fiction have actually occurred. They were merely erased and left as wisps of memory in our collective imaginations, based on the judicious weighing of pros and cons by the omnipresent Steward. The Steward is able to collapse time, essentially hitting the reset button on pivotal days in our maturation to “enlightened beings” until he feels we are ready.
Remember the pandemic scares of the past five years, where the world seemed to be on the cusp of a breakout that would kill millions? Well, each one did. SARS…Ebola…Avian Flu…you name it, they killed all of us except a select few, until The Steward intervened. Chapter one opens with The Steward at ground zero of a new outbreak in Africa that makes victims bleed out of their eyes, ass, pores and every other porthole on the human form. While The Steward is looking to thwart the outbreak, he laments his station in life and gives readers some much needed exposition. See, none of this is really about the concept of folding time; as with Star Trek, the science stuff is merely the driver to explore the larger questions of humanity. What differentiates the Steward from other omnipotent characters like Marvel’s The Watcher, is that The Steward is connected to humanity. Even though he is immortal and blessed with this fantastic ability to hit reset on existence, he still asks the same questions we do about the universe and seeks to find kindred spirits. Top of my of my list is how at one point he was banking on the dinosaurs to become the planet’s top life-form. On the day the big asteroid hits earth he tries to fold time to no avail. And we learn that some things are even beyond the control of Gods. Then he finds the footprints of a new three toed mammal…I never saw a millennia of inevitable solitude so beautifully displayed. Yes, that was all just chapter one.
I’ve shuddered at Victorian settings ever since I acted in Tom Stoppard’s “Arcadia.” Once my flashback convulsions subsided I was thoroughly engrossed in the chapter two’s tale of a young Mary Shelley on a weekend retreat at the home of a recluse scientist who believes he can reanimate the dead. And yes, reanimate the dead he does. That is until The Steward decides we are not yet ready to pull back the black curtain of death and sees what lies behind it. The memory of this day that never happened lingers though and we are left with the novel “Frankenstein.”
The remaining chapters continue similar explorations. Remember that billion dollar atom smasher that was built in Europe a few years ago? Well, it looks like it might actually have a purpose other than draining billions from the EU coffers. Have you ever wondered how Cortez actually took over the new world? Well, he didn’t have help, but let’s just say he didn’t get it right on the first try. The final chapter explores what would happen if machines could really think. It also sets the stage for a real protagonist in the story. The Steward is being watched by someone…more…omnipotenter????
I’m not going to pick favorites here. Generally when different creative teams switch off between chapters the result is a ride more herky-jerky than a Sunday drive in Chitty-chitty-bang-bang. This is simply not the case with DAYS MISSING. While each chapter differed in tonality and art presentation, it all seemed to fit. The story about CERN is clean and Spartan, the Cortez chapter is gritty, shrouded with dark muddy lines in the art…so on and so on. I generally don’t extend congratulations to editors, but Rob Levin deserves a patented Optimous Douche Reach Around™ for the cohesion he brought to this title.
I love a universe with endless possibilities and DAYS MISSING fits that bill. What other wonders has the Steward cock-blocked from existence with his fantastic powers? I see tales of Gene Roddenberry actually discovering the secrets to warp drive, or perhaps a story focused on exploring what events from the Bible actually happened. Could Moses have been the first mutant? All questions for tomorrow; for today I will simply be content with what is, over what could be.