Synopsis: When we last saw Captain Jack, Gwen, and the rest of the new Torchwood team, they had just defeated an alien invasion in the Arctic… but missed a mysterious pod, buried under the ice, that held a seemingly familiar face. Now Captain Jack must battle his worst nightmare… or greatest daydream! Written by Captain Jack himself – John Barrowman – and Carole Barrowman, with art by Neil Edwards (Doctor Who, Justice League).
Review: Torchwood: The Culling #3.1 was a solid way for John Barrowman and Carole Barrowman to begin their latest arc. It picks up several days after the events of Torchwood: Station Zero, introducing readers to an absolutely stunning vervoid named Sladen. The homage is very much appreciated by this Doctor Who fan.
I also appreciated how the introduction of Sladen was handled at the narrative level. Readers got her direct POV, which was enhanced by Neil Edwards’ art. I really liked Sladen’s emergence from the ice on page 5, the full panel on page 8, her realization of vervoid history on page 17, and her confrontation with the unfortunate polar bear on pages 23 and 24.
In terms of the larger Torchwood story, I’m glad this issue helped clarify events in Big Finish’s Aliens Among Us, as Big Finish and Titan are working in concert. I’d misinterpreted a few things. Gwen’s storyline wasn’t what I thought it was, and I’m curious as to what her dynamic with Sladen will be. From what little I’ve seen of Sladen, I hope she continues in the Big Finish audios as well.
Where the issue fell a little flat for me was Captain John Hart. He was a tad too one dimensional here, and I hope readers get a few more layers as the story progresses.
Writers: Carole E. Barrowman and John Barrowman
Artist: Neil Edwards
Colors: Dijjo Lima
Letterers: Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
Cover: Claudia Caranfa
- Story, Art
- Captain John Hart was one note.