In Review: Spectrum: The Worlds of Gerry Anderson #2

Time Bomb Comics in partnership with Anderson Entertainment unleashes the second issue of Spectrum: The Worlds of Gerry Anderson, which delivers more adventures for Captain Scarlett, Space Precinct, and Terrahawks. 
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Description: Time Bomb Comics in partnership with Anderson Entertainment unleashes the second issue of Spectrum: The Worlds of Gerry Anderson, which delivers more adventures for Captain Scarlett, Space Precinct, and Terrahawks.

 

The Stories

Much like the last issue we reviewed. This second edition of Spectrum includes three stories from the many worlds of Gerry Anderson.

The issue kicks off with Captain Scarlet and The Hephaestus Incident which sees Captain Scarlet on a mission to find his best mate Captain Blue who has mysteriously gone missing. Of course as Scarlet lands on the island where his friend was last seen. It turns out to be another nasty plot from Captain Black.

The second story features the team of Space Precinct and sees Lieutenant Brogan called in to investigate a murder when a wealthy alien is chucked out of the window of a high-rise building. As he and Officer Castle investigate. They come across a quite needy A.I. Robot.

In the last story, which features The Terrahawks. The team finds themselves in a little trouble when the evil Zelda and her newest recruit upload a computer virus onto the Terrahawk’s computer systems.

 

Artwork

The artwork throughout this book is all top-notch with just the right art style to fit each of the stories. The art for the Captain Scarlet strip by Peter Woods and Colorist John Charles works perfectly with the story. I particularly enjoyed the sequence where Captain Scarlet has to wrestle a snake. This put me in mind of the old Saturday morning cartoons from the 1970s and 80s.

The artwork for Space Precinct – A Room With A View from James Gray was really well done and is what I’d imagine an animated series of Space Precinct to look like. The design for the A.I. Robot definitely put me in mind of something that we might have actually seen in that series.

Ste Pickford’s pencils on Terrahawk’s story Game For Anything do a great job of channeling the big hair of the 80s. I loved the outlandish design of the computer hacker who was helping Zelda with her latest scheme. I also enjoyed the dynamism of the action beats in the story.

 

Overall

With stories by Steve Tanner, Richmond Clements, and Dan Whitehead this issue hits the spot for those wanting more Gerry Anderson worlds and stories. However, now that the creative team at Time Bomb has gotten the comic up and running. I’d like to see some of the other worlds of Gerry Anderson explored. Maybe a Space 1999 or Stingray comic strip or even Fireball XL5. Because as much as I love Captain Scarlet and Space Precinct. I think it would be cool to try and bring some of the other worlds of Gerry Anderson that haven’t enjoyed much coverage of late to the fore.

Those thoughts aside. Time Bomb is doing some great work here.

9.6
Spectrum: The Worlds of Gerry Anderson #2
  • Cover
    9.8
  • Stories
    9.4
  • Artwork
    9.7
  • Lettering
    9.4
  • Colours
    9.7

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
4 Comments on this post.
  • Steve Tanner
    18 November 2023 at 5:46 pm -

    The arrangement Time Bomb Comics has with Anderson Entertainment means only specific Anderson concepts can be used within Spectrum, but we hope we’re doing the concepts we can use justice.

    • Ian Cullen
      18 November 2023 at 5:52 pm -

      Thanks for this. I think you are all doing a solid job.

  • Peter Woods
    19 November 2023 at 11:36 am -

    Hi I’m a bit surprised to see how I’m not mentioned as the line artist on Captain Scarlet book considering I did the line work and John did the colours.

    • Ian Cullen
      19 November 2023 at 3:12 pm -

      Apologies I misread the credits. All corrected and sorted now though.

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