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Torchwood #1 has finally arrived!


Written by: John Barrowman & Carole Barrowman
Art: Antonio Fuso, Pasquale Qualano,
Ink: Marco Lesko
Publisher: Titan Comics

U.S. Torchwood fans have waited a long time for this. U.K. fans have the radio plays and novels (which are hard to find in the States). So, when I heard that a comic book was going to be released there was much rejoicing in this house. But, who could possibly write Torchwood as well as it should be written? (Please, not the writers of Miracle Day.) Well, who better to write Torchwood than Captain Jack himself? John Barrowman and his sister Carole are no strangers to the world of Torchwood. Carole has co-authored many novels with John, including some that are non-Torchwood.

I was given the opportunity to read the very first issue and I’ll tell you, it did not disappoint! It picks up like an episode with a “Previously on Torchwood” and a brief summary of what Gwen and Jack had been up to in the meantime. Sadly, they are the only two left from Torchwood Three in Cardiff.

The art is good and I must admit I hadn’t heard of any of the artists on the project but I’ll be keeping an eye out for more of their work. Another thing that I found entertaining was the introduction of the new “cast”, if you will. They have names and curious title like Ryhs. His title is Husband, long-suffering. Oddly, I read everything in my head in Jack’s voice until I got to Wales and Gwen, where immediately the voice changed to Gwen’s. So, I had a voice-over narration in my noggin the whole time. By the way, it didn’t take me long to read it. The pace is really fast and the dialogue is quick and clever. (The Barrowman’s manage a Doctor Who reference in there too. Made my day!) There are definitely a few plots open that will play out in other issues and it ends on a cliffhanger. Just how I like it!

If you’ve missed Torchwood as much as I have you’ll need to grab this book and you can do that by heading down to your local comic book shop or heading over to Titan Comics.

I give it a 5 out of 5 Itanos.

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