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Advanced Review: Twilight Zone #1

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Posted by: Byron Brewer, Contributing Editor
12/30/2013 - 3:26pm | Updated: 34 weeks 6 days Ago
Writer: 
J. Michael Straczynski,
Art: 
Guiu Vilanova,
Colors: 
Vinicius Andrade,
Letterer: 
Rob Steen,
Cover: 
Francesco Francavilla,
Publisher: 
Dynamite Entertainment
Price: 
$3.99
Release Date: 
December 31, 2013

Feel those little hairs standing up on the back of your neck. That is fear.

Not like the yellow light in your Green Lantern books. This is REAL fear, and it is coming from a new incarnation of Twilight Zone by J. Michael Straczynski, Hugo-winning creator of Babylon 5, Thor, Changeling and World War Z.

The legendary Straczynski takes a Serling approach to a book he once authored in 1988, and brings to Dynamite a little more noir and … well, creepiness.

Submitted for your approval:

Trevor Richmond is a Wall Street investor who embezzled millions and is about to tank the economy. Again! Desperate to avoid the consequences for his actions, he goes to Expedited Services Inc., which offers to help him disappear and enjoy a life of leisure … a “new” life.

But what exactly is this new life, how much is freedom worth, and what happens to the “old” life when someone else shows up to claim it?

This is the first installment of three interlocking stories that will push the boundaries of Twilight Zone into new and uncharted territory, a journey that will travel into the past and the future, into murder and revenge and the sunrise of nuclear Armageddon.

Straczynski’s script in #1 is what you would expect, and yet it is not. The flow is great, but beware of what you are reading because the unexpected will come back and hit the reader in the face.

Guiu Vilanova’s art is engaging, capturing the essence of Straczynski’s script and expanding it into a world that you will love if you are a reader of mystery, crime novels or even the supernatural/sci-fi.

They all go on here, beyond the broken window pane, in … the Twilight Zone.