Twilight Zone #1 and #2

Kirin sat in her room, reading her new issues of the Twilight Zone. A scream came from the basement, causing her to jump out of her skin. “Are you alright?” she yelled. No answer. She rushed down the stairs, and found the basement empty. “Lilly? Eli?” she called. Still no answer.

“Okay Kirin, I have the episode memorized. It starts out with Jen and Kincaid. Jen asks “Kincaid, why did you cheat on me with Emily? It’s my amnesia, isn’t it?” and Kincaid replies–“

“Not now Textbox. Lilly and Eli are missing,” Kirin interrupted.

“Maybe they were sucked into the portal?” Textbox suggested.

“Textbox that’s–actually a pretty good idea. Wow. Didn’t think I’d say that today,” Kirin said.

“Always happy to help, but what do we do now?” Textbox asked. Kirin shrugged.

“I don’t know.” She began to make her way upstairs. “I guess I’ll have to think of something.”

“Well, maybe those will give you an idea,” Textbox offered. Kirin glanced at the Twilight Zone comics.

Hello, I’m a unicorn.You are traveling through another dimension. A dimension not only of sight and of sound, but of mind; a journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That’s the signpost up ahead- you’re next stop, the Twilight Zone. Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo danada! Do I really need to introduce the Twilight Zone? It’s a classic. In fact, the state of Virginia has the episode, The Monsters are Due on Maple Street, in the seventh grade textbooks.  This show is so important, it’s even discussed classrooms. I, of course am a huge fan, but mostly of the classic episodes. I never got into the revivals, but when I saw the ongoing comic on the stands, I thought I’d try it out. So does it hold up to the original show? Let’s find out.

It is said that inspiration can come from many different places. For example, one could get the inspiration to write a novel from an Abraham Lincoln shaped splatter of BBQ sauce, or a scar that looks like Don Knotts– 

Um, Textbox? What are you talking about?

Well Kirin, we can’t have a Twilight Zone review without a Rod Serling narration parody.

True. Carry on.

Well, the subject of today’s study is already in the Twilight Zone, so let’s see if things get even freakier.

Trevor Richmond is your typical greedy fat cat on Wall Street. He embezzles, cheats on his devoted girlfriend, and is too cowardly to own up to these actions. Instead of going to prison, he decides to go to a mysterious man known as Mr. Wylde, who can make him disappear by changing every aspect of his life with a single pill. But, when he gives up his old life, another man takes his place and becomes Trevor Richmond. Perhaps this Trevor Richmond will be a better than the original. Meanwhile, a man goes to Trevor’s boss, claiming to have seen his dead son, and a waitress at the coffee shop that Trevor visits has something to hide. How are they intertwined? I don’t know yet, and this is one of the problems I have with the story. The Twilight Zone is traditionally an anthology, meaning that the stories should be short, sweet, and to the point. This has way too many subplots. It’s almost like the writer, J. Michael Straczynski, wanted to cram three episodes of the Twilight Zone into one. The main plot is interesting, but the other two are confusing and, at this point, unnecessary. The story would be much more powerful if it was just about a greedy businessman who discovers that he actually can be replaced with a better version of himself.

Overall, even though I was critical of the volume of plot in here, I enjoyed it. It’s very compelling and I want to know what happens next. The artwork is mostly decent, except for the faces, which look strange to me. The characters either squint and pucker their lips, their eyes bug out, or they have a look of perpetual dull surprise. Otherwise, this is a fun story, and I can’t wait to see what happens next. So what are you waiting for? Read it now.

Submitted for your approval, Kirin Licorne, a little girl lost in the world of comic books, movies, Ninja Turtles, and the Twilight Zone.

Little girl lost? Why does that sound so familiar?

It should. It’s the episode where a child gets trapped in a portal between dimensions.

Right. I remember now. And they rescued her her by– Textbox, you’re a genius! You just gave me an idea.

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