Titan Comics deliver again with Torchwood#1, which brings with it a strong return for the hit series.
In recent news, John Barrowman has come forward and claimed that he has recently been at work in getting Torchwood back on television. However, the wait for more of the Doctor Who spin-off ends much sooner than you think! Today marks the release of Torchwood#1!
There is a lot to be remembered here from Barrowman’s own Torchwood novel: The Exodus Code. He wrote the piece with his sister Carole in 2011. Now, both Barrowman’s return to write the script for the new comic book, following the continuity of the Big Finish series and The Exodus Code.
Torchwood #1’s opening moments, of course, feature Captain Jack in a sticky situation. The comic wastes no time in getting straight into the action, reacquainting fans with characters in the midst of their element. From The Exodus Code returns the Ice Maiden and its crew and from the television series survivors Jack, Gwen and Rhys. They have all settled into their own lives until a great threat inevitably pulls them all back together.
Monsters come from both the sea and sky and reunions between beloved characters are great to see. Paced beautifully, Torchwood #1’s enormous spectacle still manages to savour the sweeter character moments. Further insight into Gwen and Rhys’ relationship is warming, as if the only natural thing to survive the series since its debut in 2006. Furthermore, Cardiff used to be the hub for all things Torchwood. Whilst this is still true, Titan Comics’ latest endeavour tracks the action from alien planets to the Scottish Highlands. Torchwood may not be on television, but that isn’t stopping it from growing in scope.
Much like its television counterpart, Torchwood #1’s narrative is filled with teases, ambition and questions for what is to come. Monsters are somewhat unoriginal in concept, but they are drawn spectacularly by artists Antonio Fuso and Pasquale Qualano. Calamities in the story are overwhelming, and the artwork successfully details the horrifying depth of danger. Whilst Torchwood #1 delivers more questions than it does answers, it is a strong base for a new comic series.
Torchwood is in the hands of creators who care and know the series inside out – and it shows. Torchwood is back.
- Writers: John Barrowman and Carole Barrowman
- Artists: Antonio Fuso and Pasquale Qualano
- Cover A: Tommy Lee Edwards
- Cover B: Photo variant (Will Brooks)
- Cover C: Elena Casagrande
- Cover D: Blair Shedd
- Cover E: Rod Reis
- Cover F: Blank Sketch
- Books-a-Million / Fried Pie Variant: Claudia Caranfa
FC – $3.99 – 32pp – On sale: Aug 3