Synopsis: When last seen. Captain Jack Harkness, Gwen Cooper, and the new Torchwood team 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 fight his worst nightmare… or greatest daydream! Written by Captain Jack himself – John Barrowman – and Carole Barrowman, with art by Neil Edwards.
Review: Torchwood: The Culling #3.3 was set up for the conclusion of the arc. There’s a helicopter crash, lots of banter, and a couple of revelations. Other than that, the characters just milled around amid Sladen’s devastation until they were all in the same location. Frankly, the issue was a bit boring at the strictly narrative level. There wasn’t enough action or emotional content. They were simply treading water.
Neil Edwards’ art made up for this issue’s shortcomings. There were renderings that I particularly liked. The first was the full-page panel of the helicopter explosion. The second was the love scene. The sepia tones that colorist Dijjo Lima was quite lovely. The third was the entire sequence involving Jack and Sladen.
I’m concerned about this arc only having one more installment in it. I hope I’m having misgivings about nothing and that Carole Barrowman and John Barrowman have enough room left to wrap up the immediate storylines properly. I realize that Torchwood is an ongoing comic, but a rushed final issue for this arc could hamper storytelling in the next.
That said, the overall story has been engaging, and I appreciate having the man who portrays Captain Jack Harkness involved in the creative process.
Writers: Carole E. Barrowman and John Barrowman
Artist: Neil Edwards
Colors: Dijjo Lima
Letterers: Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
Cover: Brian Williamson
- Just moving pieces around for the finale