July 16, 2017

REVIEW| Torchwood: World Without End

Torchwood: World Without End v.1 (Torchwood Comics)
Writers: John Barrowman, Carol Barrowman
Artist: Antonio Fuso

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The members of the Torchwood Institute, a secret organization founded by the British Crown, fight to protect the Earth from extraterrestrial and supernatural threats. 


The Cover

I really love the cover choice for the bind up. The hues of orange and blues are just simply glorious. Although, ir speaks more military than aliens. No?

To be fair, that is what RTD did turn Torchwood into by the end of the fourth series.

The Content

Where do I ever begin?

I feel like I say that everytime I've made passing at this one, but this might just be the biggest disappointment of 2017 and I fear a rant is going to follow. So, I'll keep it brief.

I'm not quite sure who's idea it was to make this a bind-up issue at only four volumes, but already we are lacking story content. Comic book bind-ups, that I usually read, are five? Six? volumes long. And you could tell this fell too short. Both the pacing between each panel and the dialogue were off. I thought it was just me, but since I finished reading, I've gone on to read countless peoples commenting on having to flip back through pages thinking that they had missed a few panels, because they didn't have a clue at what was going on. My brain couldn't even fill in the gaps? 

Did it include aliens? Yes. Which says a lot considering the last series of Torchwood. Which didn't use anything alien in origin, like seriously? But, I have no clue as to how they were central to the plot... if there was even any plot. 

It just felt like Jack and Gwen were reunited, BAM!, ending. It just needed more. Either more issues and the plot really thorough out or perhaps, if they were to collaborate to produce a graphic novel. 

I am complaining about this a lot, but the characterisation of Gwen, Rhys and Jack was spot on when they did say something. And I did really like some of the art. There were a few full page illustrations with a very loose pen style that I thought were lovely. I say lovely, they were at all the big explosion parts. 

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