Restin Dane is a man who travels in time via his machine, The Rook (which is indeed shaped like the Chess piece). His main companion is a sentient robot, Man-RS. When we first meet him he's being pursued by other Time-Travelers from different times, one of them very monstrous looking because he comes from the far far future. Then, Dane wakes up in his office, at a time in his life before he knew anything about traveling through time. But the others are still after him. Basically, his younger self is thrust into the action-and he finds out that his great-great grandfather, a friend of H.G. Wells, had also built a time machine. In order to survive he must re-learn everything.
This graphic novel is basically a continuation of H.G. Well's THE TIME MACHINE novel, complete with Morlocks. And these Morlocks, including a "smart one", are more like those depicted in the most recent THE TIME MACHINE movie (with Guy Pierce) However, I still like the original Warren Magazine version that presented him as a Gunslinger out of time. Cool, though, that artist Gulacy had worked on the original stories.