Can you ever go wrong reading a Garth Ennis story? I’ll answer that for you: No. There are three things that are almost guaranteed with any Ennis storyline: violence, humor, and uniquely crafted characters. Marjorie Finnegan: Temporal Criminal #1 by Garth Ennis, Goran Sudzuka, and Miroslav Mrva has all of these things, but it doesn’t stop there. The series follows the titular Majorie Finnegan, a time jumper with a fixation for stealing shiny gems and jewels. Marjorie Finnegan #1 is a fun, action-filled look at what happens when you use time travel for personal gain.
Marjorie Finnegan is a criminal — a temporal criminal if you want to be more specific. She travels to different periods of time, such as ancient Egypt, stealing valuable items and rewriting the timeline by killing anyone who gets in her way. She accomplishes these dirty deeds by using a talking head named Tim who does the technical work for her. Her misadventures catch the attention of the Temporal PD and a particular Deputy Marshall who is closing in on Marjorie. What ensues is a hysterical, unapologetic journey through time and space that’s sure to be a blast.
As for the art, Sudzuka provides some pretty simple line work with a nice cartoony edge to it. The characters and their designs look authentic and well produced. The level of violence illustrated is spot on and never feels like it’s too much. If anything, I’d say we haven’t seen anything yet. The array of color choices that Mrva brings to the book complements it impressively well. I love how the bright and luminous colors balance the savagery in the action sequence panels.
Marjorie Finnegan #1 is the perfect start to Garth Ennis’s take on time travel. If you like films like Hot Tub Time Machine, Bill & Ted, and Timecop but wish they had a helluva lot more violence, then this story is for you.
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