Everybody’s Somebody’s Baby--Day Thirteen
At its basic level, it’s about the time-traveling adventures of Cusick of the Tuscarora, an aged Native American “Time Spirit”, sporting a fedora, backpack, hiking boots and Sgt. Pepper jacket who functions like an extradimensional Monty Hall–-he trades strange and powerful items for souls, which he collects in a turtle shell until he can release them into the afterlife. It is in the course of one of these transactions, in issue #1, that he meets teenage Doot of the Wawenoc tribe in the early days of the pre-Revolutionary War American colonies.
This was the era when Native-themed comics such as COYOTE, ARAK, and SCOUT began to present Indian characters as individuals rather than types. But TIMESPIRITS created a whole universe that was as unique as an individual. Even today, only a few comics have presented such a rich "Indian" vision.
It's been a while since I read TIMESPIRITS. I don't recall if the series was "warm and winning." Maybe so. But it was definitely quirky.
TIMESPIRITS was charming enough to coax me to buy three issues. At that point, my frustration at the "anything goes" fantasy outweighed my curiosity to see what happened next. I gave it up as an interesting but unsuccessful attempt at Native storytelling.
For more on the subject, see Comic Books Featuring Indians.
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