Twilight Zone Vol. 1 (Dynamite)

TZone v1
CREDIT: Dynamite Comics

Rating: 3.5/5 – An engaging read with a twist in…The Twilight Zone.
by ComicSpectrum reviewer Shawn Hoklas.

It was an exciting day when Dynamite announced that they had acquired the rights to The Twilight Zone. The Twilight Zone has been a classic science fiction and alternate world universe since it first appeared on television in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Great storytelling, with surprising an unexpected endings made the TV show something that to this day still holds up. Since that time, The Twilight Zone has had multiple revival television series, a movie, books and of course comics. In 2013 Dynamite announced that they would launch a new series, this time with writer J. Michael Straczynski at the helm, who surprisingly worked on The Twilight Zone series from the 1980s.

In this first volume, which is also the first of three planned four-part stories by Straczynski, a Wall Street Investor decides to exchange his life for another after being  investigated by the FBI for some unsavory dealings.  He swaps his life with the help of an organization called Expedited Services.  A company that practices from…The Twilight Zone.  If you’ve ever seen a Twilight Zone episode, you know that things will not work out exactly as he planned.  The story has all the makings of that classic Twilight Zone twist as Stracynski is able to clearly tell a story about desperation, from all different angles. The characters are believable, and the ideas are compelling. Unfortunately the ending doesn’t deliver as well as some of the surprises and twists earlier in the story, and the story could have read better if the pacing was just a bit tighter with a punchier ending.

In regards to the art, at times artist Guiu Vilanova does a great job portraying the character’s emotions, while at others his heavy use of detail lines can make the faces look ugly and take you out of the story. His storytelling is solid though and there was never any confusion as to what was going on. His backgrounds are usually full, but the detail in those backgrounds sometimes look too simple in comparison to the focal point or character, therefore giving the panels some inconsistency.

Overall though, this first volume entertained and delivered a solid read. Straczynski also hinted at upcoming storylines in this first volume so you’re given a peek into the two upcoming “episodes” which look as though they may all tie in together somehow. It’s good to have this property back, and with Straczynski leading the way it looks to be in good hands.

Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
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