Synopsis: When we last saw Captain Jack Harkness, Gwen Cooper, 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.
Review: Torchwood: The Culling #3.4 provided a solid, if somewhat rushed, close to this arc. The rush resulted from writers Carole E Barrowman and John Barrowman giving readers more exposition than characterization in this issue. As a result, Sladen’s choice appeared plot driven to an extent.
That said, I’m willing to overlook the pacing problems in this chapter, because the backstory readers got was engaging. The Barrowmans gave us Captain Dana Macleish’s origin, which also introduced us to her former partner, whose name Sladen took. More importantly, however, the backstory included an absolutely brilliant nod to Doctor Who that I hope readers see again down the road. Indeed, artist Neil Edwards’ depictions of the Whovian element were my favorite panels.
What I’m curious about in the longer term, though, is how all of this is going to connect with the Torchwood audios from Big Finish. Listeners and readers were lead to believe from PR that there would be some form of overlap. However, apart from a passing reference to the Ice Maiden during the Torchwood: Aliens Among Us audio series, there’s been nothing. I hope we get more integration of the two narratives later.
In the meantime, I’ll continue to enjoy and review Torchwood stories in both media. As far as I’m concerned, the television phase of the franchise was uneven, whereas the audio and comic formats have allowed for stronger, more consistent storytelling.
Writers: Carole E. Barrowman and John Barrowman
Artist: Neil Edwards
Colors: Dijjo Lima
Letterers: Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
Cover: Salvador Navarro
- Story, art
- Pacing was a bit off