Back to the Future meets Wile E. Coyote in Fu Jitsu 4

by Drew Baumgartner

Fu Jitsu 4

This article contains SPOILERS. If you haven’t read the issue yet, proceed at your own risk!

Man, I’m such a sucker for time travel stories. Fu Jitsu 4 has plenty of other sci-fi insanity that someone might latch onto, but I can’t help but be charmed by the little time paradoxes and other time travel quirks built into the narrative. Indeed, the irreverent tone that Jai Nitz and Wesley St. Claire have struck with this series allow them to have much more fun with those tropes than any other time travel story I’ve ever encountered.

The first hint of that weirdness comes off-screen, as Fu offhandedly refers to a “temporal structure loop” he used to distract Wadlow while he rescued Rachael. That idea pays off when we next see Wadlow, haggared and shirtless after some unspeakably long adventure he’ll never mention again.

Wadlow has a beard

It speaks to the cartoonish sensibilities of this series that it would take the science seriously enough to show the effects of a time loop, but irreverently enough to use it as a one-off visual gag. This is Wile E. Coyote falling off of a cliff, albeit with some headier physics.

Things get even weirder, though, as Fu discovers the equation to unlock “quantum kung fu” in the history books written by P.T. Barnum’s fortunetellers. This in turn allows him to travel through time, presumably facilitating the Fu vs. Fu scene we saw in issue 3. It’s Back to the Future Part II coming before Part I, showing us the effects of visiting one’s self in time before it shows the cause, leaning into the weirdness, rather than walking us through what happened and why. I suspect we’ll get an even more thorough explanation in next month’s conclusion, but with this series’ attitude, I’m sure it will be an absolute blast.

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