In Review: The Twilight Zone #7

The cover: Diana has got a big decision to make. While she ponders what to do one possible outcome explodes behind her before it becomes a mushroom cloud. Good...

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The cover: Diana has got a big decision to make. While she ponders what to do one possible outcome explodes behind her before it becomes a mushroom cloud. Good cover from Francesco Francavilla. I’m liking the coloring on this as well as the slightly askew title. Overall grade: A

The story: Having unintentionally gained the ability to read minds, Diana has followed a car of terrorists to a motel where they discuss one member’s impending martyrdom in a few days. The leader of the group hears a noise outside, but Diana is able to slip away. What to do? What to do? This is the constant problem for characters stuck in the Twilight Zone. Any choice could lead to salvation or damnation. Writer J. Michael Straczynski milks this “tiger or the girl” question to full effect. Diana makes a decision but is interrupted by a stranger running into her workplace with a gun. This page and the next two will be a nice return to the story told in previous issues, as well Pages 16 – 19. I was surprised at the depth given to one character on 10 – 13. This adds another layer to the story that makes Diana’s choice all the more difficult. The clock is ticking. Will Diana make the right choice in time? Hint: The last three words of the issue are “To Be Continued…” Overall grade: A+

The art: This continues to be one of the best drawn books available, by Guiu Vilanova, and also the toughest to illustrate: no super heroics, no fantasy, no science fiction–only reality and the people that inhabit the world. The first page has two nice point of view shots: panel three, with what Diana sees, and panel five, with how the “object” sees Tafiq. Page 2 has a perfect reaction shot from Diana at the top of the page. There’s a terrific sequence on 5, fantastic faces on 6 and 7, a highly detailed origin on 10 – 13, a nice interrogation scene on 20 that takes a turn, and a downright chilling splash on 22. This is great! Overall grade: A+

The colors: Several different environments have Vinicius Andrade demonstrate his abilities. The first two pages are the interiors and exteriors of a motel. The choice of purple for the leader’s shirt is a nice way to have him stand out from his minions wearing yellow and mustard. Pages 10 -13 are beautifully colored in yellow and orange with red being used strongly to have the narrator easy to pick out. Lighting throughout this book glows in cool orange at the motel and the setting on 19. The blue and white used in the third and fourth panels on 21 are perfectly creepy. Overall grade: A+

The letters: Rob Steen provides dialogue and thoughts (same font), narration, and sounds perfectly. Pages 10 – 13 contain the heaviest prose, and some of the panels are pretty small, but Steen inserts the narration expertly without taking anything away from the art. That’s a skill that other letterers should acquire. Overall grade: A+

The final line: Read if you dare, avoid at your loss. Highest possible recommendation. Overall grade: A+

 

Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer’s Guide with “It’s Bound to Happen!”, he reviewed comics for TrekWeb, and he currently reviews Trek comics for TrekCore.com. He’s taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for two, and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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