The Twilight Zone: The Midnight Sun

The Twilight Zone: The Midnight Sun

by Rod Serling, Mark Kneece, Anthony Spay
     
 

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In a time not unlike our own, two women are among the last people left behind in New York City, struggling to survive as the thermometer reaches an unbearable 140°. Almost overnight, modern-day conveniences have become luxuries and humans are pushed to their limits. As the climate grows more hostile, could these be the final days of life on Earth?

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In a time not unlike our own, two women are among the last people left behind in New York City, struggling to survive as the thermometer reaches an unbearable 140°. Almost overnight, modern-day conveniences have become luxuries and humans are pushed to their limits. As the climate grows more hostile, could these be the final days of life on Earth?

One of most ground-breaking shows in the history of television, The Twilight Zone has become a permanent fixture in pop culture. This new graphic novel series re-imagines the show's most enduring episodes, in all their original uncut glory, originally written by Rod Serling himself, and now adapted for a new generation—a generation that has ridden Disney's Twilight Zone Tower of TerrorTM ride, studied old episodes in school, watched the annual marathons, and paid homage to the show through the many random take-offs that show up in movies and TV shows everywhere.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Jay Wise
Journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination . . . With these eleven words, a new generation of readers are introduced to a graphic adaptation of one of television's most insightful—and often times disturbing—programs, The Twilight Zone. Each volume is made up of a story alternately introduced or summarized "in person" by creator Rod Serling. In The Midnight Sun, earth's temperatures approach 120 degrees Fahrenheit as inhabitants struggle in the face of rolling blackouts, panic and looting, and lack of drinkable water as a result of the melting of the planet's polar ice caps. Norma and Mrs. Bronson, two women living in a decaying New York City apartment complex, try to maintain their grips on reality, survive an armed robbery attempt, and make sense of a post-apocalyptic heat wave, only to have the weather change in an instant as the city is frozen in an unending snow and ice storm. These intriguing graphic novellas, adapted by Kneece using Serling's original uncut scripts, have a similar style and tone that gives each installment continuity similar to that of the original broadcast. Information about each episode's airdate, production, and cast and crew is included as well. Plots are methodical and gripping, although the black-and-white artwork (which will change to full color for the commercial release) somewhat mutes each storyline. Point readers to the companion titles The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street and The Odyssey of Flight 33 for further adventures in the Fifth Dimension. Teens who know The Twilight Zone only from its haunting theme music will be drawn to the telecast, and adults who enjoyed the drama will waxnostalgic in these graphic interpretations of Serling's provocative social commentary and suspenseful, if not horrific, storytelling. Reviewer: Jay Wise

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802797209
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
05/26/2009
Series:
Twilight Zone Series
Pages:
72
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Meet the Author

ROD SERLING (creator) has won the most Emmy awards for dramatic writing in the history of television. He wrote over seventyfive episodes of the Twilight Zone series. for which he won three of his Emmys. He was also the show's creator, host, and narrator.

MARK KNEECE (adapter) has written stories for numerous comics, including Batman: Legends of the Dark. In 1993, he came to Savannah College of Art and Design and helped found the Ssequential Art and Animation Department, where he teaches comics writing.

ANTHONY SPAY (illustrator) graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with an MFA in Sequential Art and has worked as a freelance illustrator for Devil's Due Publishing, Middlemind Games, and Knights Head Brewing. He is currently a staff illustrator for Blitz magazine. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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