Saturday, October 1, 2016

The Twilght Zone: The Shadow

The Twilight Zone: The Shadow by David Avallone

4 stars

Anyone who knows me pretty well knows that I have a secret obsession with the Twilight Zone. I love to watch the marathons that play on TV on the Fourth of July and if I get up early enough in the morning I watch a few of the timeless episodes. Hell, I even went on the Tower of Terror at Disney just because I love Rod Serling as a narrator and wanted to experience the ride for myself (I'm never getting on it again). Naturally when I saw this was available on Netgalley I hit that green button and I don't regret it. Not only did this feed my love for the Twilight Zone, but it also introduced me to a pretty fascinating storyline. A story that I think Rod Serling would have loved to have on his show because it captured the essence of what lurks within the Twilight Zone.

The story is seemingly simple enough a superhero/vigilante under the alias of the Shadow has just shot multiple people in a Nazis American rally. His friend (and possible lover?), Margo, implies that he has lost his humanity and the man that he is under the mask. After an accident, the Shadow wakes up in alternate universes that question the authenticity of the shadow. It's a complex outline that fits the Twlight Zone format quite brilliantly and for that alone, I would give this novel 5 stars.

Whimsical Writing Scale: 4

But just because it's Twilight Zone inspired doesn't mean that it can completely save the story. I highly enjoyed the story, but it's not a favorite or anything remarkable. I did love the Nazis American concept, the Justice theme, but the characters felt a little distant. I like the Shadow, but I don't care about the Shadow and don't see myself ever wanting to return to his world.

Character Scale: 3

The art is the best. I do like the noir, crime style because it's very different. It felt very retro and I think that matched up excellently with the Twilight Zone because it's a black and white show, so it makes to have art reflective of the era. I'm just not totally in love with, but the idea is brilliant.

Art Scale: 3.75

Overall, I highly recommend checking this one out if you are a fan of The Twilight Zone because it's a great edition to this world and something i think fans, like me, will enjoy!

Plotastic Scale: 4.5

Cover Thoughts: I love the Twilight Zone so I'm digging this cover.

Thanks you, Netgalley and Dynamite Entertainment for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Are you obsessed with the Twilight Zone? Let me know down below in the comments!

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