Unlettered Preview Of TWILIGHT ZONE #1
At Comic Con this year Dynamite announced that J. Michael Straczynski would be penning a new comic based on The Twilight Zone. The classic TV series is a tough property to adapt into a comic, but Straczynski thinks he has a unique approach to make it work. He did work on the new Twilight Zone series in the late 90s so he definitely has a feel for the series. The comic will feature three four-issue arc that are all connected in different ways. You can read Straczynski‘s comments on how he’s approaching the series from the original press release:
The immediate creative question to be resolved was: how do you transplant or adapt the TV anthology format into comic form? Individual stand-alone issues don’t give the issue-to-issue continuity you need to consistently bring in modern readers, and if it’s a year long arc, it’s not an anthology. The solution: three four-issue arcs that are connected by theme, character, and location… so that in reading one arc you get one side of the story, with its own supernatural or science-fiction elements, then you turn the character around to another character in that sequence who has his or her own story for the next four issues… and then at the end, you connect all of these individual stories into one overlapping tapestry, so you could literally view the book as individual stories as initially published, or layer the pages to create one big story. It’s a cool structure that I’m not sure has been attempted before, so this will be an awful lot of fun. I’m very excited to be working with Nick and his team on this book, and hope folks will check out the books when they come out.
Today Dynamite has released the first look at Guiu Vilanova‘s art for the first issue. The solicit info reveals we’ll be seeing a story about a wealthy businessman who enlists the help of Expedited Services, Inc. to help him disappear. But this being the Twilight Zone, strange things happen. You can journey to the Twilight Zone January 1st. What do you think about the preview pages? Do you like Francesco Francavilla‘s cover?
TWILIGHT ZONE #1
WRITTEN BY: J. Michael Straczynski
ART BY: Guiu Vilanova
COVER: Francesco Francavilla
RELEASE: January 1st, 2014
The Twilight Zone, Issue One: Trevor Richmond is a Wall Street investor who embezzled millions and is about to tank the economy.
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 in 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 The 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.