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Time Jumper

By Will Wade, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

College kid jumps through time in fun comic/Web combo.

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TIME JUMPER is an interesting experiment. Created by comic-book legend Stan Lee (who also lends his voice to Lee Excelsior, the Dixons' boss), the online adventure blends elements of graphic novels and animation, with a dash of cliffhanger serials. The episodes are presented mainly as static images, much like the panels of a comic book. Actors read the dialog (no, there aren't any speech bubbles), and there's some limited motion as the perspective zooms in to focus on a specific element or pans back to show the larger scene. Some sequences feature basic animation, showing key items moving across the frame. The overall effect is like a crude stop-motion film, created by kids --- but it's cool.

Each episode is short, just 5-10 minutes, but they all manage to pack in plenty of story. In fact, the plot-driven adventure is more than enough reason to tune in. Will Sam find his brother? Will he find a way to defeat CULT? It only takes a few episodes to get hooked. It's not totally clear that this format is the perfect blend of the Internet and the page -- online stories are still evolving, after all -- but it's a worthy effort.

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