Yes, they have comic versions of The Twilight Zone! I really enjoyed this and I know that some of you are like….hmmm is this horror? Yes… Yes, it is. No further questions! Besides, we have a Twilight Episode to discuss. The Twilight Zone always leaned more into horror IMO. The Outer Limits was all about teaching you a moral lesson, but TTZ was all about the scare factor.
I enjoyed this format too. Face it, a lot of the TTZ episodes don’t hold up amazingly well. It’s the truth….Deal With It! The book has all the components of a good TTZ episode: the setup of perceived normality that takes a terrible left turn. There aren’t many things more normal or boring than air travel. The flight is just a typical run to La Guardia and the passengers appear very normal as well: the chatty passenger, the braggy passenger, and the emotionally unstable passenger.
These archetypal passengers pull us into the story much like the Stephen King stories do. Stephen’s characters are your neighbors and these passengers are too. But, something isn’t right is the friendly skies! They feel hit a pocket of air and their speed goes into the thousands of miles per hour and whammo – they start time traveling! They arrive in 1939 and don’t stop because they want to get back to their own time- So no killing Hitler for these time travelers. Then, they arrive in the Cretaceous and decide not to land because Jurassic Park is so five minutes ago, but then they arrive in the future.
This one troubled me a bit. They are low on fuel and the future has cable and they can’t screw up time. Really, they could just try to make a go of it in their new time. No one seemed like things were that amazing for them in the present. I mean, why not just land? You’d at least make a living on the talk show circuit. The comic ends with ambiguity. They are low on fuel and lost in time.
I would recommend checking these issues out. They’re a lot of fun and have a good creep factor.