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"Brilliant idea for a series, can’t wait to see where this one goes!" - Patton Oswalt A former criminal driver is given the chance at redemption by entering a car race but there's just one catch: each leg covers a different period in history.  If you had a chance to fix a mistake from your past, would you take it? Alyson Levy would. Guilt weighs heavy on former criminal "w "Brilliant idea for a series, can’t wait to see where this one goes!" - Patton Oswalt A former criminal driver is given the chance at redemption by entering a car race but there's just one catch: each leg covers a different period in history.  If you had a chance to fix a mistake from your past, would you take it? Alyson Levy would. Guilt weighs heavy on former criminal "wheelman," Alyson, who led an illicit life that left hers shattered. Enter Casper Quellex, an eccentric businessman who offers her the break of a lifetime: a massive cross-country car race that grants the winner an opportunity to correct a single mistake in their life. But here’s the catch -- each leg covers a different period in history. As if keeping the cars on the often-questionable (sometimes nonexistent) roads and staying ahead of competition wasn’t enough, the drivers will now have to contend with medieval warriors, dinosaurs, and natural disasters…it's all a possibility. Only the one who survives it all will be proven the winner, and like that, Alyson and the rest of the drivers find themselves in a gut-wrenching race through time and quickly learn that they must band together to form any chance for survival. But for an opportunity to turn back time, Alyson will drive from the Big Bang to the death knell of the universe.


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"Brilliant idea for a series, can’t wait to see where this one goes!" - Patton Oswalt A former criminal driver is given the chance at redemption by entering a car race but there's just one catch: each leg covers a different period in history.  If you had a chance to fix a mistake from your past, would you take it? Alyson Levy would. Guilt weighs heavy on former criminal "w "Brilliant idea for a series, can’t wait to see where this one goes!" - Patton Oswalt A former criminal driver is given the chance at redemption by entering a car race but there's just one catch: each leg covers a different period in history.  If you had a chance to fix a mistake from your past, would you take it? Alyson Levy would. Guilt weighs heavy on former criminal "wheelman," Alyson, who led an illicit life that left hers shattered. Enter Casper Quellex, an eccentric businessman who offers her the break of a lifetime: a massive cross-country car race that grants the winner an opportunity to correct a single mistake in their life. But here’s the catch -- each leg covers a different period in history. As if keeping the cars on the often-questionable (sometimes nonexistent) roads and staying ahead of competition wasn’t enough, the drivers will now have to contend with medieval warriors, dinosaurs, and natural disasters…it's all a possibility. Only the one who survives it all will be proven the winner, and like that, Alyson and the rest of the drivers find themselves in a gut-wrenching race through time and quickly learn that they must band together to form any chance for survival. But for an opportunity to turn back time, Alyson will drive from the Big Bang to the death knell of the universe.

30 review for Backtrack, Vol. 1

  1. 5 out of 5

    Shannara

    So I started this thinking that I’d read this for a few minutes before switching to something else, but I couldn’t stop once I started. This was really exciting and I was seriously into the plot of racing to erase a mistake you made in the past. These characters are desperate and crazy and so interesting. Reading this was literally like watching a car accident unfold in front of me and I couldn’t look away. The cover art is phenomenal, which is why I think I was a little disappointed with the ar So I started this thinking that I’d read this for a few minutes before switching to something else, but I couldn’t stop once I started. This was really exciting and I was seriously into the plot of racing to erase a mistake you made in the past. These characters are desperate and crazy and so interesting. Reading this was literally like watching a car accident unfold in front of me and I couldn’t look away. The cover art is phenomenal, which is why I think I was a little disappointed with the art in the comic itself. It wasn’t terrible by any means, but the cover looks sooooo great that I was expecting a little more as I was reading it. But that didn’t stop me from absolutely inhaling this one. The action is nonstop and Levy is a great main character. I couldn’t wait to see where they ended up next. And I cannot wait to continue the story! I hope it won’t be long before Volume 2 is released!!! This one is easy to recommend, but watch out, it’s serious, violent, and any humor is shrouded in darkness. Which I personally loved!! Thanks so much to NetGalley and Oni Press for allowing me to read this for my honest and unbiased opinion.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    I. Want. Volume. Two!!!!!! The graphics. The coloring and shading. The story-line. Phenomenal! Anyone out there in graphic novel land looking for an action packed science fiction./fantasy thrill ride, check this out ASAP! Thanks to NetGalley, Oni Press, and Brian Joines for an ARC in return for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Madara

    3.7/5 Quality of writing: 3 Plot development: 3 Pace: 4 Characters: 4 Enjoyability: 4 Ease of reading: 4 Really, really enjoyed this. A fun premise, would love to see this as a TV show. The "bad apples", car racing and time travel - yes please! Review copy provided by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 3.7/5 Quality of writing: 3 Plot development: 3 Pace: 4 Characters: 4 Enjoyability: 4 Ease of reading: 4 Really, really enjoyed this. A fun premise, would love to see this as a TV show. The "bad apples", car racing and time travel - yes please! Review copy provided by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mimi

    Very entertaining read; It starts out with loads of question marks, urging you to read on, and then the story explodes and you. just. can't. stop. reading. Rough artwork, but it fits with the story. I appreciated the non-english conversations, but for the German part, a new editor is needed. Several misspellings, and odd sentence construction. I received a copy through Netgalley for review, opinions are my own. Very entertaining read; It starts out with loads of question marks, urging you to read on, and then the story explodes and you. just. can't. stop. reading. Rough artwork, but it fits with the story. I appreciated the non-english conversations, but for the German part, a new editor is needed. Several misspellings, and odd sentence construction. I received a copy through Netgalley for review, opinions are my own.

  5. 5 out of 5

    CapesandCovers

    Backtrack has some of the best comic covers I've seen in awhile, between the layout and design, to the art, inking and coloring. Marco D'Alfonso did an amazing job on them and I keep getting distracted by all of the details in them. I started off like that because it's the main reason I decided to read this trade, along with liking the premise of a time travelling race. Backtrack Vol. 1 follows Levy, a ex-getaway driver whose life has fallen apart after her last job. When she's offered the chance Backtrack has some of the best comic covers I've seen in awhile, between the layout and design, to the art, inking and coloring. Marco D'Alfonso did an amazing job on them and I keep getting distracted by all of the details in them. I started off like that because it's the main reason I decided to read this trade, along with liking the premise of a time travelling race. Backtrack Vol. 1 follows Levy, a ex-getaway driver whose life has fallen apart after her last job. When she's offered the chance to go back in time and fix her mistake she doesn't believe it's real - but decides to try to do it anyway. That's how she ends up in a race through literal time, along with 14 other drivers, all willing to do whatever it takes to win. The premise of Backtrack is such a good one, it's got time travel, dinosaurs (!) and is lowkey reminiscent of Mad Max and Fast and the Furious series. It's a fun balance of cheesy and dark, with some emotional elements to help balance out the action. It's also got those supervillain run fight arena vibes that show up in Marvel and DC, which is a niche trope, but one that I adore. My only complaint is that I wish we had gotten to know the characters a bit more before the story really kicked off. I barely knew who Levy was before I was supposed to root for her in the race, and some of the characters barely got any screen time before being unceremoniously offed ala Slipknot in the Suicide Squad movie.  Joines isn't the only one who worked on this though. Backtrack has gorgeous interior art by Jake Elphick, the characters all have a pretty distinct design from one another (with the exception of all of the moustaches lol), and I appreciated how much effort went into consistently giving each character a unique face and body type. The art was topped off by beautiful, vibrant colors by Doug Garbark, that keep things interesting without being too overwhelming. A lot of times I feel like the balance between using bright and dark colors tends to lean very heavily to one side or the other, and I loved having an in-between, especially when it was used to show dark moments in the characters' lives. Overall I enjoyed my introduction Backtrack, and am looking forward to seeing where things go next for Levy, Moirai and everyone else. Honestly, I enjoyed it enough that I'd love to see it as a TV series, I think it would transfer over pretty well, and there's definitely enough room to work with adding more details in to make full seasons.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Peter Baran

    Like lots of comic ideas, take a bit from column a and a bit of column b and smush it all together to get yourself a premise. Here - what if Death Race 2000 but travelling in time. So here we are with our lead character, Alyson, a getaway driver with serious regrets offer a chance to wipe out that moment. The hint that time travel is involved comes there, but certainly when the race starts and suddenly they are careening across the jurassic period being chased by dinosaurs. This is not a book wh Like lots of comic ideas, take a bit from column a and a bit of column b and smush it all together to get yourself a premise. Here - what if Death Race 2000 but travelling in time. So here we are with our lead character, Alyson, a getaway driver with serious regrets offer a chance to wipe out that moment. The hint that time travel is involved comes there, but certainly when the race starts and suddenly they are careening across the jurassic period being chased by dinosaurs. This is not a book where innovation comes in the plotting. As they speed through the Roman empire, or East Berlin in the seventies, writer Brian Joines is happy to tick a lot of genre boxes (each deadly leg kills off at least one racer, the personalities of which are one dimensional to a fault). But using genre saviness to speed the story on is not necessarily a bad thing. Each of the episodes has a flashback to try and explain Alyson's motivation, even though the minute we are aware of a brother and a job gone wrong its pretty obvious. On the other hand the choices of epoch to race through are a little less obvious. Dinosaurs fine, but China before and earthquake and the East Berlin capper is inspired. Elphick's art is extremely kinetic which is what you want if you are trying to draw this much racing, though the difficulty of showing the key moves often boxes him into a corner (there are only so many times he can plausibly show a car soaring through the air to emphasise speed). The character work is good too broadly, there is a very impressionistic line style for facial expressions and he is lucky that drawing Alyson being grumpy and moody comes to him so easily, If it were a movie though it would be a midnight schlocky guilty pleasure - there aren't many depths here and the last minute reveal (this is halfway through the book) whilst not foreshadowed, comes straight from the textbook of what to do when everyone starts trusting each other. I am assuming it will be wrapped up in one more volume, and I am looking forward to seeing how we get to the finish line without at any second believing the identity of the winner of the race will surprise me at all... [NetGalley ARC]

  7. 4 out of 5

    Theediscerning

    A lively comic that takes an excessively childish premise and tries its best to do something mature with it. A down-on-her-luck criminal driver is met with in her boozer one night by Mephistopheles, who says if she enters and wins just one car race he can reboot her life, wiping a major mistake and getting her back to the track she wished to find herself on. Of course she qualifies, and enters a race – only for every leg almost to have a Quantum Leap-styled jump through existence. So the first l A lively comic that takes an excessively childish premise and tries its best to do something mature with it. A down-on-her-luck criminal driver is met with in her boozer one night by Mephistopheles, who says if she enters and wins just one car race he can reboot her life, wiping a major mistake and getting her back to the track she wished to find herself on. Of course she qualifies, and enters a race – only for every leg almost to have a Quantum Leap-styled jump through existence. So the first leg is in the Jurassic, the second up to and around a charioteer's course a la Ben Hur. Each and every bit of downtime the annoyingly unattractive contestants all shout at each other a lot, or possibly think of collaborating, or perhaps let slip why they're there, or suddenly become history experts, and it's all just about good enough but certainly no better. The introduction to the characters is awful, and I really couldn't give a monkeys who was who, and the racing action is depicted very badly indeed. So you're left with needing a greater amount of trust than is normally demanded of us, to believe the creators actually know what they're doing and can create an adult comic out of their schoolboy fantasies. That hope wasn't fully met with for me, so this is three stars. It's worth a look, but it fails to shine.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    *I received an e-ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.* We follow Levy an ex-getaway drivers whose life seems to have fallen apart. She is offered the chance to enter a literal race through time against 14 others drivers that if she can not only win but survive, she can go back and fix the biggest mistake she made in her live. It is full of unlikable characters and we are very much pushed towards rooting for Levi, but with 14 other characters with sad and tortured backstories I it *I received an e-ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.* We follow Levy an ex-getaway drivers whose life seems to have fallen apart. She is offered the chance to enter a literal race through time against 14 others drivers that if she can not only win but survive, she can go back and fix the biggest mistake she made in her live. It is full of unlikable characters and we are very much pushed towards rooting for Levi, but with 14 other characters with sad and tortured backstories I it found hard to care about any of them. The background plot of shadowy "villains" messing with the character throughout the race could lead this down an interesting path if done correctly especially with the different historic ages as a backdrop. Overall an ok first volume to set up the story but not one that i will linger on.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Wayne McCoy

    'Backtrack, Vol. 1' by Brian Jones and Doug Garbark with art by Jake Elphick is about a group of racers racing through time. A group of racers with regrets are approached with an opportunity: Win the race and have a chance to fix a mistake of the past. A woman receives the invite with a poignant reminder of her error and takes the challenge. The first race finds racers in prehistoric times outrunning dinosaurs on the way to a waypoint. It's an interesting premise as long as you don't look too deep 'Backtrack, Vol. 1' by Brian Jones and Doug Garbark with art by Jake Elphick is about a group of racers racing through time. A group of racers with regrets are approached with an opportunity: Win the race and have a chance to fix a mistake of the past. A woman receives the invite with a poignant reminder of her error and takes the challenge. The first race finds racers in prehistoric times outrunning dinosaurs on the way to a waypoint. It's an interesting premise as long as you don't look too deep. Somehow muscle cars are able to run on any terrain. Somehow people who desperately want to win are cooperating. It's still quite a bit of fun and the art is not bad, either. I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Oni Press and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Individual issue reviews: #1 | #2 | #3 | #4 | #5 Total review score: 2 Individual issue reviews: #1 | #2 | #3 | #4 | #5 Total review score: 2

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    3.5! Really cool concept, amazing art that was very well suited to the narrative. I do wish there was a bit more to this to pull me into volume 2, but a very solid start.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Anne Chafer

    3.5 stars Really enjoyed this! The concept is brilliant and super fun – the stakes, even higher! I love how there's no info-dumps and yet you can picture the worldbuilding through the execution of each little element in the plot. The pace is very fast and each chapter has its own plot twist or cliffhanger which is very typical of single-issue comics. In Backtrack, it works really well, particularly because of the self-contained nature of each stage of the car race. Having a chapter in which our c 3.5 stars Really enjoyed this! The concept is brilliant and super fun – the stakes, even higher! I love how there's no info-dumps and yet you can picture the worldbuilding through the execution of each little element in the plot. The pace is very fast and each chapter has its own plot twist or cliffhanger which is very typical of single-issue comics. In Backtrack, it works really well, particularly because of the self-contained nature of each stage of the car race. Having a chapter in which our characters go through a sixteenth-century earthquake is easy to integrate if the setup of the story means you can leave that scenario behind as soon as you've exploited its narrative potential, and Brian Joines's writing excels at that. The one thing I didn't enjoy that much about the writing was the fact that although we have an "official" main character, Alyson, Backtrack feels like a very choral story from the beginning. As such, one would expect some character development early on, but it is not until we are halfway through this first volume that we feel like we start to know the group. Chapters 4, 5 and 6 had the most character backstory, which meant that I didn't necessarily care for anyone until I was finishing my read. Going into the next volumes, I will feel more attached to them for sure. Alyson's flashbacks could have been shorter and more sparse, as it felt like there was quite a bit of filler just to explain a simple aspect of her backstory. However, I would absolutely recommend this comic, particularly if you don't mind waiting three or four chapters to get invested in the story. The writing is fun and the periods of time the characters have to face are not as Eurocentric as one would expect from a "historical fiction" story of sorts. I hope this is something that continues in upcoming volumes. And something else that enhances the narrative of Backtrack is the art style. Jake Elphick's illustrations are gritty and dynamic, and perfect for a racing/sports comic series. The only issue I had was that often, the characters looked way too similar (particularly the men), and sometimes the female characters were made to look very masculine. It gave off the impression that Elphick is way more used to drawing men than women, which left a bad taste in my mouth. However, on the other hand, the character design itself (conceptually, I mean) was more developed for the women. Additionally, Doug Garbark's colouring was vibrant and gorgeous to look at. I enjoyed how playful Garbark was, particulary in the last chapter of this volume, number 6. All in all, I am interested in reading this series, and do think it deserves a spot on your shelves. If nothing else, do it for the GORGEOUS cover art and the badass playlist at the end of the volume! [I was provided with an e-ARC copy by NetGalley, but my opinions are my own]

  13. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Hogmire

    Big thanks to Oni Press for an advance copy of this graphic novel, which was published this Tuesday Nov 17, 2020-- I was immediately taken with the rad cover art for Brian Joines' BACKTRACK, and it definitely did not disappoint--the comic is a wild, dangerous adventure ride through history, like a combination of Looper with Death Race. I've been reading some super heavy books lately, and getting sucked into this action-packed world was exactly what I needed. Okay, plot: our main character is Alyso Big thanks to Oni Press for an advance copy of this graphic novel, which was published this Tuesday Nov 17, 2020-- I was immediately taken with the rad cover art for Brian Joines' BACKTRACK, and it definitely did not disappoint--the comic is a wild, dangerous adventure ride through history, like a combination of Looper with Death Race. I've been reading some super heavy books lately, and getting sucked into this action-packed world was exactly what I needed. Okay, plot: our main character is Alyson Levy, a disgraced former criminal getaway driver who's approached by a strange rich guy about joining a car race. The prize? The winner will get to correct one mistake from their past. The catch? The contest is going to involve some wacky time travel. Turns out the rich guy (named Casper Quellex) is from the future, where time travel has been invented, and subsequently outlawed. He runs these illegal races for billionaire bidders, traveling through time to find the saddest characters willing to put everything on the line to entertain the rich. Alyson and the other competitors, all ruthlessly determined to change their circumstances by winning the prize, quickly realize that this is no ordinary car race: every single leg will take place in a different time period. The racers (including a bratty wealthy teen and her competent bodyguard, a washed-up former NASCAR driver, a man whose son died of leukemia, and many more) will have to decide whether to work together or not, all while trying to survive dinosaur attacks, historical natural disasters, the plague in Constantinople, and Stasi interrogations in 1970s East Germany. What a ride--volume 2, please!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    A Thank you to Netgalley for allowing me to read this. This is my honest and unbiased review The Concept for this really caught my eye. I'm a big fan of action movies and graphic novels and I really wanted a little fast paced action in between everything I've been reading. In this we meet Alyson Levy, a past driver who now spends her days drinking til she can't stand. It's obvious from the start that there's something weighing down Levy, of course, in comes a mysterious man who offers Levy a chan A Thank you to Netgalley for allowing me to read this. This is my honest and unbiased review The Concept for this really caught my eye. I'm a big fan of action movies and graphic novels and I really wanted a little fast paced action in between everything I've been reading. In this we meet Alyson Levy, a past driver who now spends her days drinking til she can't stand. It's obvious from the start that there's something weighing down Levy, of course, in comes a mysterious man who offers Levy a chance to right her wrong. There is just one condition, she needs to win a race, which sounds too good to be true. At first suspicious, she relents and qualifies, however, it's not just any race and she finds herself not only struggling to win but also survive. Since this is the first volume I gave it some leeway when it came to set up, but there's a lot of dialogue in this. The action is okay, but it doesn't pick up much until the end. WE also only get to see snippets of what happened with Levy that made her accept this deal. I was hopping I would get to see more than what was given but I understand the need to spread it out. There also a large cast of characters, most of whom didn't matter or are very annoying, but there are a handful I do like . The artwork is good and does carry the action scenes well. Overall, an interesting premise that has a lot of promise.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ruth J

    Fast cars! Female protagonist! Time travel! One of the above would have probably been enough to grab my attention but all three guaranteed I was going to pick this up. Alyson Levy is invited to take part in a race, point A to point B, for which the winner gets the chance to go back in time and correct a mistake they’ve made. The problem is that there are checkpoints between point A and point B, and the segment of the race between each is in a different point in time. The action kicks off from the Fast cars! Female protagonist! Time travel! One of the above would have probably been enough to grab my attention but all three guaranteed I was going to pick this up. Alyson Levy is invited to take part in a race, point A to point B, for which the winner gets the chance to go back in time and correct a mistake they’ve made. The problem is that there are checkpoints between point A and point B, and the segment of the race between each is in a different point in time. The action kicks off from the get go, there’s no filler or waiting around for something to happen. Levy’s backstory and her motivation for taking part are told in snippets through flashback so the current storyline is never far from the page. The art is great and the covers are amazing! I love the fact that the artist and creator included a playlist for volume 1, a great little extra. The only minor complaint is that I sometimes found it difficult to differentiate between some of the characters and it could be confusing in the race scenes to follow who was in which car and therefore who was where. This is an entertaining collection of a comic with striking art and a fun premise. I’ll be looking out for the next volume.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Linnea

    a rip-roarin' beginning of a series that had me racing to the finish line! a unique twist on both the high-stakes-car-race and time-travel genres, “backtrack vol. 1” is a fun ride. while i had trouble distinguishing some of the characters, i didn't care; i just wanted to know what was going to happen next! as a bonus, it provides a crash course on historical disasters and hardships, plus a smoothly integrated diverse set of racers. what’s more, characters who speak languages other than english ar a rip-roarin' beginning of a series that had me racing to the finish line! a unique twist on both the high-stakes-car-race and time-travel genres, “backtrack vol. 1” is a fun ride. while i had trouble distinguishing some of the characters, i didn't care; i just wanted to know what was going to happen next! as a bonus, it provides a crash course on historical disasters and hardships, plus a smoothly integrated diverse set of racers. what’s more, characters who speak languages other than english are granted the dignity of speaking in their own language on the page, instead of being forced into an english translation for the comfort of the reader. it is obvious that this book was created by men. the characters all have a certain machismo to them that, from my experience, is not often found in works created by non-men. while characters with such hard-edges can easily be found lacking in tenderness, "backtrack vol. 1" surprised me with its emotional depth. ultimately, “backtrack vol. 1” had me hooked and left me thirsting for more. the first installment hasn't officially been published yet and i’m already eagerly awaiting the second. thank you to netgalley and oni press for an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Paddy Pikala

    Creative, fun, action-packed. It's a coming book about a race happening throughout time. A group of misfits and degenerates is thrown into different important events in history in order to win the prize: the opportunity to change something in their past. It was honestly unlike any other comic book I have read recently. It was crazy but not too crazy, it was easy to follow and the characters were a group of diverse personalities and all had their own motivations. Their backstories and the secrets Creative, fun, action-packed. It's a coming book about a race happening throughout time. A group of misfits and degenerates is thrown into different important events in history in order to win the prize: the opportunity to change something in their past. It was honestly unlike any other comic book I have read recently. It was crazy but not too crazy, it was easy to follow and the characters were a group of diverse personalities and all had their own motivations. Their backstories and the secrets they hide slowly unfold throughout the story to present a more complete picture. Even though the graphic novel included some deeper moments, like the characters considering helping people they knew were bound to die in a catastrophe, it was generally very light and reminded me of an action film. Of course it was much more creative and interesting than an actual movie. The comic book followed the same logic an action film normally would. Unfortunately it also included some not-so-smart tropes also often present in popular movies (like portraying a Stasi officer very much like an SS officer). I'm looking forward to reading the next volumes.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Vivienne

    My thanks to Oni Press for a digital edition via NetGalley of ‘Backtrack Vol 1’ by Brian Joines in exchange for an honest review. This fast paced graphic novel is illustrated by Jake Elphick. “If you had a chance to fix a mistake from your past, would you take it? Alyson Levy would.” Alyson is a former criminal wheelman weighed down with guilt. Then Casper Quellex, an eccentric businessman, approaches her with the opportunity to take part in a massive cross-country car race. The winner will be gr My thanks to Oni Press for a digital edition via NetGalley of ‘Backtrack Vol 1’ by Brian Joines in exchange for an honest review. This fast paced graphic novel is illustrated by Jake Elphick. “If you had a chance to fix a mistake from your past, would you take it? Alyson Levy would.” Alyson is a former criminal wheelman weighed down with guilt. Then Casper Quellex, an eccentric businessman, approaches her with the opportunity to take part in a massive cross-country car race. The winner will be granted an opportunity to correct a single mistake in their life. Sounds simple but there’s a catch - each leg of the race covers a different period in history. It’s deadly and only one can survive. Not great odds. I adored the cover art and thought the premise of a time travelling car race sounded brilliant. However, I just didn’t mesh with the story. I enjoyed some of it but often felt adrift and uncertain what was happening. I expect that this will be of more interest to readers that enjoy the Fast and Furious franchise, are into cars and racing, and seek full on action sequences in their graphic novels. As a result of it not being my thing, I won’t be seeking out Vol 2.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    Thanks to Netgalley and the wonderful folx at Oni Press for the digital galley. “Like Death Race, but with time travel. ” -Me. That’s it. That’s the review. JK. I didn’t get up to much after work yesterday. Was in bed a little after 8, but I did read this awesome trade collection of the first six issues of Backtrack, annnnnd imma need more. Like yesterday. It really is like Death Race but with dinosaurs, some cebturion like soldiers annnnnnd Soviet operatives. Imagine if you had the opportunity to Thanks to Netgalley and the wonderful folx at Oni Press for the digital galley. “Like Death Race, but with time travel. ” -Me. That’s it. That’s the review. JK. I didn’t get up to much after work yesterday. Was in bed a little after 8, but I did read this awesome trade collection of the first six issues of Backtrack, annnnnd imma need more. Like yesterday. It really is like Death Race but with dinosaurs, some cebturion like soldiers annnnnnd Soviet operatives. Imagine if you had the opportunity to fix your biggest mistake. That’s the offer to all of these racers who have come to compete for the win. It’s just a 30 mile drive, how hard could it be? Turns out VERY hard. These characters will race through time, but only one will survive to fix their mistakes. People with nothing left to lose will do anything, and the game master knows that. I love the concept. The art is dope, and I can’t wait to see where this series goes. This collection is out now if it sounds up your alley.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Meredith

    **I received and voluntarily read an e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.** Great concept, one that would actually translate really well to a TV series. Execution was a little lacking, mostly due to the fact that there were times that foreign languages were used with no subtitles/translations. Although I could guess what the characters were saying due to context, it took me out of the story. Nice art, nothing really new or original in the illu **I received and voluntarily read an e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.** Great concept, one that would actually translate really well to a TV series. Execution was a little lacking, mostly due to the fact that there were times that foreign languages were used with no subtitles/translations. Although I could guess what the characters were saying due to context, it took me out of the story. Nice art, nothing really new or original in the illustrations. Felt that the checkpoint drawings could have been a little more distinguished somehow, maybe by ramping up the contrast between the checkpoint colors versus the current location colors. Overall, it's a nice story, one I would like to read more of, but it's not something that will stay on my mind bugging me if I don't read a conclusion.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Flamingo Legs Reads 🌸

    Backtrack was a rollercoaster! I enjoyed it, ALMOST completely! This graphic novel has a lot of promise, at first doing something so rare and that’s bringing an original concept to a genre and medium it really belongs in. This volume will appeal to fans of cars, Fast & Furious and anything time travel-y; it’s an interesting take to draw in readers and nerds alike and I finished with delight, well delight in the sense of action! However, I don’t think it fully latched on to me, I had fun and had the Backtrack was a rollercoaster! I enjoyed it, ALMOST completely! This graphic novel has a lot of promise, at first doing something so rare and that’s bringing an original concept to a genre and medium it really belongs in. This volume will appeal to fans of cars, Fast & Furious and anything time travel-y; it’s an interesting take to draw in readers and nerds alike and I finished with delight, well delight in the sense of action! However, I don’t think it fully latched on to me, I had fun and had these moments with it but I didn’t get quite the rush a story like this needs from you. It’s worth a shot to see which way it drives you because it has the roots to be some people’s favourites - unfortunately for me it didn’t entirely get there! Thank you to Netgalley & One Press for an arc of this volume in return for an honest review!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Heather Freeman

    [This review is based on an ARC.] The cover art for this volume (and its issues) is phenomenal, so major props to Marco D'Alfonso for that. The actual comic art is...not to my taste at all. As for the story, the premise is hella fun, but the execution leaves something to be desired. The central character's arc and motivation lean way too heavily on cliche (which, I get, in this kind of action-oriented plot, you're going to get cliche, but it's 2020...). The characterization of the rest of the co [This review is based on an ARC.] The cover art for this volume (and its issues) is phenomenal, so major props to Marco D'Alfonso for that. The actual comic art is...not to my taste at all. As for the story, the premise is hella fun, but the execution leaves something to be desired. The central character's arc and motivation lean way too heavily on cliche (which, I get, in this kind of action-oriented plot, you're going to get cliche, but it's 2020...). The characterization of the rest of the competing misfits was under-baked, at least so far, and it relied on stereotype a lot of the time in a fairly disappointing way. I don't think I'll be reading further volumes, but I wouldn't say no to a poster of the cover...

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Story- This work felt like it had a lot of potential but fell short in a few areas. Overall, I enjoyed my read of this. Getting to see all of the different time periods and people was fascinating, but there were too many characters and I quickly got lost with how was who and what they were doing and why. I think that as the story gets more works in it, that problem will get better, but for this one it was an issue for me. Artwork- I really enjoyed this artstyle. It was dirty and gritty but had e Story- This work felt like it had a lot of potential but fell short in a few areas. Overall, I enjoyed my read of this. Getting to see all of the different time periods and people was fascinating, but there were too many characters and I quickly got lost with how was who and what they were doing and why. I think that as the story gets more works in it, that problem will get better, but for this one it was an issue for me. Artwork- I really enjoyed this artstyle. It was dirty and gritty but had enough character in it to help aid in the storytelling. There were moments where things were confusing, but overall I felt like the artist not only understood how to make graphic novels, but was doing it with style.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Craig

    Interesting premise about a car race that goes through multiple timelines. Reminds me a bit of the Great Race cartoons that used to run on Saturdays when I was a kid, or something out of a Cannonball Run movie. There's a variety of characters, each with their own secret. The winner has been promised the chance to go back in time and fix their greatest mistake, so at first, it's dog-eat-dog. But fairly soon, the survivors realize they're going to have to work together to get through some of the b Interesting premise about a car race that goes through multiple timelines. Reminds me a bit of the Great Race cartoons that used to run on Saturdays when I was a kid, or something out of a Cannonball Run movie. There's a variety of characters, each with their own secret. The winner has been promised the chance to go back in time and fix their greatest mistake, so at first, it's dog-eat-dog. But fairly soon, the survivors realize they're going to have to work together to get through some of the bigger challenges. Nice, fast-paced story with art that really suits the tone of things well. This might make for a good television series. I could use a bit more depth and maybe there's more coming, as peoples' backstories get filled-in, etc. But I've certainly read worse comics.

  25. 5 out of 5

    D

    Thank you Netgalley for letting me read this book in return for an honest review. The art is really good and the colours are beautiful and vibrant which compliments the story a lot. This is an action packed graphic novel about a bunch of people who are brought together to take part in a huge, bizarre race. The race is very life or death and people have seemed to only be in the race so they can get a personal grand prize. The story does focus more on Alyson and her backstory which is interesting a Thank you Netgalley for letting me read this book in return for an honest review. The art is really good and the colours are beautiful and vibrant which compliments the story a lot. This is an action packed graphic novel about a bunch of people who are brought together to take part in a huge, bizarre race. The race is very life or death and people have seemed to only be in the race so they can get a personal grand prize. The story does focus more on Alyson and her backstory which is interesting and slightly vague, which is probably in order to give the readers more in future volumes. It was pretty good and a nice, short read. Rating: 3⭐ Would I Read It Again? No, but I would read future volumes Would I Recommend it? Yes, especially to those who like action-packed graphic novels

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lauren OSullivan

    I saw this comic compared to Mad Max and the Fast and the Furious and I totally agree I love the fast-paced action and not knowing what was coming next in the stories. The characters were unique and fun to learn more about I am looking forward to future comics to see them develop and learn more about their backstories. I loved the concept of time travel in it but I wished the mechanics of it were discussed more, this may be elaborated on in further volumes though. The art style took a little whi I saw this comic compared to Mad Max and the Fast and the Furious and I totally agree I love the fast-paced action and not knowing what was coming next in the stories. The characters were unique and fun to learn more about I am looking forward to future comics to see them develop and learn more about their backstories. I loved the concept of time travel in it but I wished the mechanics of it were discussed more, this may be elaborated on in further volumes though. The art style took a little while to grow on me but by the end of the volume, I was loving all the detail and the colours. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this comic and am so excited for further volumes to see the story progress! Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to enjoy this comic early! #Netgalley

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Thank you NetGalley for allowing me to e-read this in advance. This book presents a very unique storyline. It feels like an early 2000s action movie in all the right ways. It definitely has some Fast and Furious vibes. I read this in the span of 2 days. It is a nice short read, although I do wish we were able to experience and see a little more on the backstory of the characters. I also found it difficult to keep up with the characters since there are so many. I read this as an e-book but I imag Thank you NetGalley for allowing me to e-read this in advance. This book presents a very unique storyline. It feels like an early 2000s action movie in all the right ways. It definitely has some Fast and Furious vibes. I read this in the span of 2 days. It is a nice short read, although I do wish we were able to experience and see a little more on the backstory of the characters. I also found it difficult to keep up with the characters since there are so many. I read this as an e-book but I imagine reading the physical book would be a much better experience. The illustrations are very well thought out and drawn. I enjoyed that the cover art, character art and unofficial soundtrack included at the end of the book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    I received an ARC copy of #BacktrackVol1 from #NetGalley. This was a very cool comic with a very original premis. Win a car race and you get the chance to change one even in your past. Sounds pretty simple, right? Well, it's not. All the drivers are criminals of some sort and the course takes them to differnt time periods in the past. They start out trying to outrun dinosaurs and even up mowing down Romans. They even end up being taken prisoner in 1970s Germany. I wasn't sure what to expect from o I received an ARC copy of #BacktrackVol1 from #NetGalley. This was a very cool comic with a very original premis. Win a car race and you get the chance to change one even in your past. Sounds pretty simple, right? Well, it's not. All the drivers are criminals of some sort and the course takes them to differnt time periods in the past. They start out trying to outrun dinosaurs and even up mowing down Romans. They even end up being taken prisoner in 1970s Germany. I wasn't sure what to expect from one panel to the next. The artword is simply gorgeous and the storytelling is top notch. I'm eager to see what happens in the next chapters.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cash

    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me this Arc in exchange for a honest review.. Fast and Furious meets time travel, I really enjoyed this! I loved how we got to meet a female protagonist that seems like a badass. The idea of winning a race through time travel to take back things you've done in life and to have everything you want was fantastic! The art and style of this was amazing, the vivid colours and shading made it really stand out. I didn't like the fact that there was n Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me this Arc in exchange for a honest review.. Fast and Furious meets time travel, I really enjoyed this! I loved how we got to meet a female protagonist that seems like a badass. The idea of winning a race through time travel to take back things you've done in life and to have everything you want was fantastic! The art and style of this was amazing, the vivid colours and shading made it really stand out. I didn't like the fact that there was no English translation for the foreign languages, I felt like I was missing a part of the story. I loved the cliffhanger, it was a ride! Can't wait for Vol.2!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    BACKTRACK, Vol. 1 by Brian Joines, Jake Elphick and Doug Garbark is a fun comic book about a car race traveling through time. The main character, Alyson, is a hard edge woman bent to win. The artwork is very moody and evocative to the storyline and all the action is great. There’s a lot going on with all the different characters and their backstories and the many different settings. I especially love the cover of this book! It immediately drew me in. This one is definitely a wild ride! . Thank you BACKTRACK, Vol. 1 by Brian Joines, Jake Elphick and Doug Garbark is a fun comic book about a car race traveling through time. The main character, Alyson, is a hard edge woman bent to win. The artwork is very moody and evocative to the storyline and all the action is great. There’s a lot going on with all the different characters and their backstories and the many different settings. I especially love the cover of this book! It immediately drew me in. This one is definitely a wild ride! . Thank you to Oni Press via NetGalley for my review copy!

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