Writer: J. Michael Straczynski
Artist: Guiu Vilanova
Cover Artist: Francesco Francavilla
Review: William R. Davis Jr.
Francesco Francavilla is one of the modern day masters of noir art, so he also seemed to be a perfect fit for The Twilight Zone. His work on The Black Beetle cemented his reputation as a great artist, every panel dark, stunning, and unique. I was excited to see what concepts he would bring to the cover art. Unfortunately issue one's cover was serviceable at best, uninspired at its worst. The interior art by Guiu Vilanova is a completely different matter however, being inconsistent at best, and god awful at its worst. The Twilight Zone #1 manages to fail in almost every conceivable way artistically. Although issue one has some inherent and obvious flaws, the problem is not in the writing. Straczynski does a great job channeling Rod Serling in the first few pages. See below:
The introduction was masterfully written and a delightful precursor to what I would find in the later pages. Straczynski's twelve issue run will definitely find its way into my collection. A part of me wishes that each one was a self contained tale, more like the original series, but that is my only criticism thus far and I'm picking nits to find one. A couple extra panels would have wrapped up this story quite nicely too, but this first arc will run through issue four. This new take on The Twilight Zone is a very modern tale of financial corruption with an occult
twist that will not leave the reader wanting. Despite the artistic
shortcomings, I found The Twilight Zone #1 to be the most entertaining and enjoyable title I
have read yet this week.
Please keep in mind that if you slap the words
Star Trek or Twilight Zone on something I will more than likely be
giving you my money. IDW's current ongoing Star Trek series is another
book that I find highly satisfying while being completely visually
broken at the same time. Both are titles I would highly recommend. I gave you my caveat, so the decision to purchase them is now your own. The Twilight Zone #1 is well worth your money, but that's just like, my opinion, man.