THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS
Torchwood returns this month in the world of Titan Comics for a new action-packed story. The cover features a handsome, dark-haired Captain Jack, which is a fun contrast to the real head of hair John Barrowman just revealed for his 50th birthday.
In Torchwood: Station Zero part 1, Captain Jack and his crew attempted to investigate the would-be murder of Sir James Sterling, master of Torchwood House. Sir James and his faithful butler Gilly are very much alive, and Lady Karina was been revealed as a heartless alien – as well as the owner of a TARDIS, which she wants repaired, at any cost to her human hosts.
The new story begins under the sea, “so far down even Jules Verne would freak.” The prisoner Rona demands to be released, and she has certainly caught someone’s attention. The ship’s Captain, Dana, and Vlad journey to Torchwood to try and get Gwen, Hollis, and Captain Jack away from the evil Karina. Hollis’s body is still hosting an alien, and the world is still facing an attack by Triffids, and only Gwen can use their technology. Dana and Vlad encounter and capture Captain John Hart, and find everyone else back in the kitchen, arguing over the fate of the world.
Back on the Ice Maiden, the mysterious Rona is still under lock and key and insisting that she’s not a threat. She receives an unexpected visitor, and Rona seems elated and then shocked when she gets a sense of what is happening in the world above.
The crew, safely back on board the Ice Maiden, gets word that long-dormant volcanoes are beginning to erupt back on Earth’s surface. “How can you be so bloody calm?” Gwen asks a preternaturally unruffled Dana. “Not my first apocalypse,” Dana replies as the two women continue to monitor the sleeping giants.
World Without End had been an incredibly fun read, and this new story joins it as an absolute delight. The writing from John and Carole Barrowman is sharp, witty, and clever. No detail from any of the characters is left wanting. The artwork from Neil Edwards looks beautiful with its intense highs and lows you would expect from a Torchwood story.
What a pleasure this issue has been to read. Any reader would fail to be left anxious to find out how all of the detailed narrative threads will come together.