Synopsis: The Navigators need Jack’s help to battle an alien threat from his past – but he’s an ocean away and several bullet holes from being able to help them out! Gwen finds herself torn between two worlds, as Jack’s quest threatens everything she holds dear – including the very core of Torchwood itself! And the Committee want the Ice Maiden and its crew – and its advanced, alien technology – for their own purposes, and they’ll kill anyone who gets in their way! The first arc of the ongoing Torchwood saga ends – but what a cliffhanger! We’re back with more shocks and surprises – and the full creative team – for #5!
Review: With Torchwood: World Without End #4, John Barrowman and Carole Barrowman do an excellent job of wrapping up the first arc. Looking back, these first four issues have all been a giant exposition dump. I’m okay with that given what the Barrowmans have actually set up. I’m glad readers finally get a glimpse of the bigger picture in regards to Sir James, Lady Karina, and the Navigators.
As ever, Antonio Fuso and Pasquale Qualano do an outstanding job with the art. I particularly enjoyed their depictions of Time Lord and Navigator technologies. The view from the Yisotega telescope on page 21 was majestic.
However, I’m less pleased with Titan’s synopsis of this issue, which I’ve left intact above for reference. The synopsis clearly references the Committee. While I’m glad the Barrowmans are incorporating it, they didn’t feature the Committee to the extent the synopsis seems to imply. Background elements should not be treated as main plot points within P.R. material until they are actually main plot points. Otherwise, they are spoilers. Also, the synopsis references issue #5 when the script text notes the the next issue will be Torchwood: Station Zero #1. Someone at Titan apparently missed a memo.
That aside, the Barrowman’s have crafted an engaging start to this ongoing narrative. I’m looking forward to the start of the next arc very much.
Writers: Carole E. Barrowman and John Barrowman
Artists: Antonio Fuso and Pasquale Qualano
Colors: Marco Lesko
Letterers: Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
- The Good: Story, Art
- The Bad: The PR department missed a memo.