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Review – The Twilight Zone #1 (Dynamite Comics)

TNTZ01CovFrancavillaPublisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Writer: J. Michael Straczynski
Artist: Guiu Vilanova
Release Date: 31st December 2013

The Twilight Zone has been around since 1959 and has been brought back to television twice – once in 1985 and again in 2002. Dynamite Entertainment brings us back to the fifth dimension with an all new comic book series.

The official synopsis for The Twilight Zone, Issue One: Trevor Richmond is a Wall Street investor who embezzled millions and is about to tank the economy. Again. Desperate to avoid the consequences for his actions, he goes to Expedited Services, Inc., which offers to help him disappear and enjoy a life of leisure in a new life. But what exactly is this new life, how much is freedom worth, and what happens to the old life when someone else shows up to claim it?

Straczynski’s “The Way Out” feels like an episode of The Twilight Zone from its opening narration, to the morally questionable character(s), and odd plot devices like the one Expedited Services, Inc. is able to provide. It even has a twist ending; although, unlike an episode of The Twilight Zone it is not a standalone story.

Guiu Vilanova’s artwork is spot on from the backgrounds and settings to the characters themselves. The cleaner lines and brighter colors provide a more mainstream and polished look, but the attention to detail reminds me of a quasi-Adi Granov without the painting aesthetic.

Honestly, I was hoping for an anthology series, and they totally could have ended the story with a cliffhanger ending. The decision to serialize the story is interesting since it does has its advantages like deeper character development and exploring other narrative threads. That said, there are problems to dragging out a story such as convoluted and dangling plot points which make it a chore to get through.

I am definitely curious to see how many issues each story gets and where this goes especially since Dynamite said, “This is the first installment of three interlocking stories…”

Rating: 4/5.


The writer of this piece is:
Lawr_av
Laurence Almalvez
Laurence has previously written over at Whatculture.com.
Laurence tweets from @IL1511

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