Synopsis: When we last saw Captain Jack, Gwen, and the rest of the new Torchwood team, they had just defeated an alien invasion in the Arctic… but missed a mysterious pod, buried under the ice, that held a seemingly familiar face. Now Captain Jack must battle his worst nightmare… or greatest daydream! Written by Captain Jack himself – John Barrowman – and Carole Barrowman, with art by Neil Edwards (Doctor Who, Justice League).
Review: Torchwood: The Culling #3.2 was a transition issue with a lot of exposition and place setting for subsequent chapters. I’m glad Jack and Gwen know that Sladen is a vervoid hybrid grown from their DNA. I’m also glad Sladen is learning the extent of her abilities. It’s all important context for the emotional upheaval that will be central to this story. However, I can’t decide whether writers Carole E. Barrowman and John Barrowman should include Rhys in the bizarre extended family dynamic or not. Of course, that’s assuming Sladen survives beyond the current arc.
As for the art, Neil Edwards did his usual superb job. I especially appreciated the scenes depicting the destruction Sladen caused, the scenes depicting her interactions with Docilis, and the scenes depicting the helicopter crash. However, there are a couple of negative issues. the color that Dijjo Lima used for Captain John Hart’s dialogue bubbles was too similar to the blue used for his holographic projection. As a result, the words faded into the background, and I had difficulty reading them. Also, while I liked the general art of Brian Williamson’s cover quite a bit, I felt it should have been used for another issue in which Captain John Hart played a more prominent role.
All in all, Torchwood: The Culling #3.2 was a solid issue, but I’m more interested in the psychological fall out that readers will get as the story unfolds.
Writers: Carole E. Barrowman and John Barrowman
Artist: Neil Edwards
Colors: Dijjo Lima
Letterers: Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
Cover: Brian Williamson
- Story, Art
- The lettering faded into the background making it hard to read.