Those lucky enough to meet the siblings that are actor/writer John Barrowman and writer Carole Barrowman at Planet Comicon in Kansas City last weekend and fans of the Who-verse will want to get their hands on a new graphic novel available at comic book stores today. Going back to John Barrowman’s days as his most well-known and beloved character, the flamboyant and cheeky Captain Jack Harkness, the Barrowman duo has penned the next adventure of the Torchwood British (and short-lived U.S.) television series in Torchwood: World Without End.
World Without End is a bit of a story from The X-Files done in the unique style from the Torchwood show, that British variant of a secret government agency going after aliens and whatnot featuring Harkness and Torchwood leader Gwen Cooper. It brings in an H.G. Wells flair, concepts pulled from classic fiction, and all sorts of familiar sci-fi and fantasy stories and tropes. It’s a fun read fans of the TV series will love, written in a style one could imagine Nathan Fillion or Alan Tudyk might do if they were given the job of writing new Firefly stories. Something about being immersed in a world–such as John Barrowman was for his stint as Harkness on Doctor Who and Torchwood–adds another level of authenticity to this continuation story.
Full of all the good innuendo and sass of the original television series, World Without End is also a great looking book, with interior artwork by Antonio Fuso, Pasquale Qualano, and Marco Lesko. One key to quality adaptations is getting the characters to look right and you’ll find that successfully done here. The Barrowmans’ dialogue is also spot on. Look for clever roadsigns, asides, winks, and Easter eggs along the way on your journey back into the world of Torchwood.
Reprinting the first four issues of the Barrowmans’ comic book series, the new trade edition paperback also includes plenty of great cover variants included in an appendix.
Pick up Torchwood: World Without End today at Elite Comics, your local comic book store, or here at Amazon.