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Review: Twilight Zone Annual 2014

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Posted by: Byron Brewer, Managing Editor
created 06/11/2014 - 8:23pm, updated 06/11/2014 - 9:00pm
Writer: 
Mark Rahner,
Art: 
Randy Valiente, Jose Malaga and Edu Menna,
Colors: 
Lisa Moore, Marco Lesko and Sandra Molina,
Letterer: 
Rob Steen,
Cover: 
Roberto Castro and Andriano Lucas,
Publisher: 
Dynamite Entertainment
Price: 
$4.99
Release Date: 
June 11, 2014

The twist ending is a hallmark of the old Twilight Zone TV series, and while it did not represent all of writer Rod Serling’s brilliant invention it certainly did make those episodes having twist endings the most memorable among a very fine and intelligent product.

Writer Mark Rahner takes the pen from usual book scribe J. Michael Straczynski and brings us in this entertaining annual three tales of twisted reality and tries to capture the spirit of Serling’s genius, which he does in spades. It is well this was three individual tales rather than one episode in this extended format because the taught tales, thick with urgency and plotting, hold our attention as did its parent, bending the mind with the in-and-out misdirection until the reader reaches an often unexpected climax.

Twilight Zone is not the easiest of beasts to either emulate or pay homage to, but Rahner and his bevy of artists do a good job of presenting 1950s excellence in a modern format. Well done, and unexpectedly eerie.