The Mr. Nile Experiment
9: The Flashback Problem
was an example of a certain sort of time travel that's often used in comics.
By using a flashback, a series of events from the past were brought into the present.
It's a relatively easy
effect to achieve.
The simple insertion of a
caption that reads something like:
6 Days ago:
And here we are in the
But the thing is, once we're here, our options are rather limited.
A flashback can only ever change our
of a story.
So, sure, we can bring to light a series of previously unseen events.
Or retell a known series of
events from a new perspective.
But we can't actually
Nothing we do in the past can change the shape of the future we've travelled back from.
No, to do that, you'd need a much more powerful form of narrative device.
You'd need an actual time machine.
Which is kind of a lucky
Because next I'm going to
show you how to build one.