The Twilight Zone: The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street


Maple Street—late on a Saturday afternoon a mysterious flash of light results in a power outage. But this is no ordinary power failure, and the neighbors on Maple Street will soon find themselves in the dark with an enemy of their own creation . . . in the Twilight Zone.

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Maple Street—late on a Saturday afternoon a mysterious flash of light results in a power outage. But this is no ordinary power failure, and the neighbors on Maple Street will soon find themselves in the dark with an enemy of their own creation . . . in the Twilight Zone.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 5-7–The power is out on peaceful Maple Street, and no one knows why. As paranoia and fear rise, the neighbors turn on one another, looking for a culprit. In the end, readers see the street from the viewpoint of invading aliens, who blithely comment on how easy it is to sit back and let the earthlings “destroy themselves.” The illustrations and layout, while not remarkable, are clear and simple enough to move the story along briskly. A gripping horror tale with a deeper meaning, this is a quick read that should appeal to reluctant readers.–Lisa Goldstein, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
As dusk falls on suburban Maple Street, children frolic while adults finish their last bits of work outdoors. After a sudden flash, the electricity goes down, then the phone lines, then the automobiles. When some homes mysteriously recover power, panic and fear start to set in-then a young boy declares the flash extraterrestrial, and that aliens have sent human decoys to lead their invasion. Propelled by this statement, Maple Street becomes an allout violent, paranoiadriven mob scene. Ellis's evenly boxy panel sizing brilliantly breaks way into a chaotic fullpage spread when the crowd reaches its fever pitch. This adaptation is a deliciously creepy reworking of the TV classic and offers a timeless slant on this tale. Equally engaging is The Odyssey of Flight 33 (9780802797186; paper: 9780802797193), illustrated by Robert Grabe, also out this month, with the same wonderful building of suspense that then dissolves into sheer weirdness. Though each story is illustrated by a different artist, they employ a similar style, which provides cohesion within the series. Eerily appealing. (Graphic fiction. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802797131
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 12/23/2008
  • Series: Twilight Zone Series
  • Pages: 72
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.75 (w) x 8.45 (h) x 0.29 (d)

Meet the Author

ROD SERLING (creator) has won the most Emmy awards for dramatic writing in the history of television. He wrote over seventy-five episodes of the Twilight Zone series. He was also the show’s host and narrator.

MARK KNEECE (adaptor) has written stories for numerous comics, including Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight. He helped found the sequential art department at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and teaches comics writing. He lives in Savannah, Georgia.

RICH ELLIS (illustrator, The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street) earned a B.F.A. from the Savannah College of Art and Design. He is a member of the Periscope Studio, and lives in Portland, Oregon.

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  • Posted March 11, 2009

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    Maple Street is quiet on a lazy, Saturday afternoon. Neighbors are chatting, mowing lawns, and watching their children play in the street. It is almost like the calm before the storm.

    A brilliant flash of light startles the unsuspecting group. Many believe it to be a meteor falling from the heavens. The residents stop what they are doing, and watch as it trails across the sky. Seconds later, every electronic device goes dark. The people find that their cars won't start and all phones have lost a dial tone. Worry and fear take hold of these people.

    Tommy, a neighborhood kid, explains that the monsters are coming for them. They cut the power to make sure that no one will leave. The residents of Maple Street begin to wonder who "they" really are. Accusations begin to fly, and, inevitably, mob mentality takes over.

    What is extremely eerie about the Maple Street script is that it is not as far-fetched as other Twilight Zone ideas. It is prejudice that invades this small community and ultimately destroys it. I think that this graphic novel may hit home with many teens because of the content. This scenario is very real, and that makes it even more frightening.

    Another great Twilight Zone adaptation by Mark Kneece!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2009

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    Give this a try!

    I love this series of graphic novels and believe they are ALL excellent (the others, so far, being "The After Hours," "The Odyssey Of Flight 33," and "Walking Distance"). I'm not a huge fan of graphic novels to begin with, but I find these very interesting and thought-provoking. If you have ever watched the Twilight Zone, or are new to the series, I would suggest "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street" as the place to start. It's a very imaginative story with a truth about human nature. It has a wonderful twist ending that will leave you in shock. The story was kept similar to the original screen-play and camera style, with only a few variations. However, these changes only add to the story and don't take anything away from it.<BR/><BR/>If you are at all interested in what The Twilight Zone was about, pick up this book. You'll see why The Twilight Zone is such a classic TV show!

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