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"The Twilight Man" Graphic Novel Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Humanoids

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Written and illustrated by Koren Shadmi
Lettered by Andworld Design
2019, 168 Pages
Graphic novel released on October 8th, 2019

Review:

No one can question the contributions Rod Serling made to genre storytelling and television in general. The Twilight Zone is still a pinnacle of TV and paved the way for anthology works for decades. How did this precocious young man rise to such great heights? And what price did he pay along the way? Writer/artist Koren Shadmi explores this in The Twilight Man. So, let’s head into the space between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge.

This graphic novel is broken up into a few chapters, each one introduced as a conversation Serling is having with a woman on a plane. He's recounting his life and career in a natural albeit eerie setting. This becomes important by the end of the book, adding a nice twist to the man's biography and certainly a rather fitting way to close out the story.

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I didn't know much about Serling before reading The Twilight Man. Shadmi provides a fascinating look at his life and all the obstacles he faced. What really shines through is how hard Serling worked. The man never gave up, even when all hope seemed lost. He had stories to tell and he was going to get them out into the world one way or another.

Shadmi weaves elements of Serling's stories into his real life, blurring the lines between fantasy and reality. This adds a mysterious tone to the comic, which is perfect given the subject matter. What's most interesting is how Serline changes over the years and from sequence to sequence. We're used to seeing him as the host of The Twilight Zone and he was always a stoic, confident man on the screen. The Twilight Man shows his faults and insecurities. It shows how human he was.

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Serling's narration is shown in black caption boxes with white fonts, the direct opposite of the word balloons in the book. Andworld Design's work serves as an extension to the moody airplane scenes that introduce each chapter. You may go pages without seeing that setting, but it's never forgotten thanks to this.

The Twilight Man renewed my admiration for Rod Serling and made me want to watch The Twilight Zone all over again. There's a reason he's such a big name in genre fiction. He created a place for all of us nerds to feel welcome, even if things got a little strange at times. This middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, is where Serling lived and flourished. It's one that we can all appreciate and hope to visit.

Grades:

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Art: Threeandahalfstars
Overall: Fourstars

About The Author
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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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