Doctor Who is the longest running tv show in the world, premiering the day John F Kennedy was shot (little known trivia fact) through the present, with a several year hiatus in the middle of that time. Doctor Who has also had several spin-off shows. One of those was Torchwood, a very adult-themed and darker show than Doctor Who. This comic follows the events of the Torchwood series, Children of Earth, Miracle Day, and the novel Exodus Code.
It’s written by John and Carole Barrowman. In addition to being a good brother/sister writing team, they have a great source of inside information. John Barrowman plays Captain Jack Harkness, the leader of Torchwood, a team protecting the Earth from alien contact and incursion. So they know a little about the world.
The new story reunites Jack, Gwen Cooper, and the crew of the Ice Maiden, a hugely upgraded ship that was a pat of Exodus Code. Jack’s enemy/ex-lover, Captain John Hart, is lurking around in the background, too. There’s a mysterious new threat which drags Gwen away from poor Rhys yet again, just in time for the Ice Madien to be attacked by a very unexpected force. It’s an interesting set up for a brand new Torchwood adventure.
Plot: First issues are always hard. There’s more set up than anything else, so it’s hard to judge the story. It’s a decent start, though, and I love Torchwood. So, with that bias admitted, I’ll give the first issue a 3.5 for plot.
Art: The art is good. As often happens, the cover is better than the interior, but none of it is bad. The characters we’ve seen before look, and the new ones are fine. The effects are decent. I’ll give the art a straight 3 out of 5.
Positives: Torchwood is back! And no one knows Jack Harkness like John Barrowman. It’s nice to see Jack and Gwen back in action. And there’s enough mystery going on that I’m very curious to see what happens next.
Negatives: Jack is only in his trademark look for a few pages. It’s just the start, but I don’t really have a grasp on what’s happening here yet.
This isn’t the best story going, but it’s far from the worst. And with the BBC refusing to do anymore Torchwood work, it’s all us fans have. So I’m glad to see it.
Writer: John Barrowman & Carole Barrowman
Artist: Antonio Fuso & Pasquale Qualano
Colorist: Marco Lusko
Letterer: Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt