Twilight Zone: Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up

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On a cold, snowy evening state troopers track footprints from a mysterious crash site to a nearby diner. There, a group of bus passengers waits out the storm, but oddly, there is one more person in the eatery. Who is he, and what are his intentions for planet 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 ...

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On a cold, snowy evening state troopers track footprints from a mysterious crash site to a nearby diner. There, a group of bus passengers waits out the storm, but oddly, there is one more person in the eatery. Who is he, and what are his intentions for planet 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 Terror 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.

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Gr 5 Up–Designed to bring the classic television series to a new generation, these graphic novels are adaptations of scripts from original episodes. In Wish, a washed-up prizefighter, is trying to make a comeback. When a young neighbor watches him going down in defeat, he wishes for a different outcome. Bolie finds himself the victor, but with memories of being down for the count. Henry tells Bolie about his wish, and the magic of belief that made it a reality. Bolie, unfortunately, cannot accept Henry’s faith in him, or, ultimately, in himself, and he finds himself back in the ring, down and defeated. Lie’s art fits the darkness of the subject matter, with muted, rather muddy colors. The illustrations are fairly original, only vaguely resembling the actors who played the original roles. In Martian, two state troopers investigate a call about a downed UFO. They locate the vehicle and follow the tracks in the snow to Haley’s Diner, where they find the passengers of a bus and the diner’s owner. The troopers question the people and finally have to confess that they are looking for an alien. Tension builds and suspicion flares among the people, the electricity goes out, and the jukebox intermittently plays. The troopers and bus leave, none the wiser about the alien. However, the ending has a typical Twilight Zone twist that will surprise readers. Ellis’s illustrations are a bit closer to the original look of the episode as broadcast. The dialogue balloons follow the scripts well, condensing the stories without diluting them. Introductions, afterwords, and production notes from the original televised episodes are included.–Suanne Roush, Osceola HighSchool, Seminole, FL
Children's Literature - Lauri Berkenkamp
Part of the "Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone" series of graphic adaptations of classic Twilight Zone episodes, this novel relates the story of a mysterious UFO sighting in rural town during a snowstorm. State troopers investigate a crash site and find strange tracks leading from a frozen pond to a local diner. A bus driver and his passengers are in the diner after being stranded on the road when the local bridge was declared impassible due to the storm. When troopers question the bus driver and passengers, they learn that the bus driver had six people in his bus, but there are seven in the diner. The troopers explain that they think a UFO landed nearby, and that one of the inhabitants of the diner could be an alien. Paranoia ensues, with various people accusing each other of being an alien. Tempers flare, and the potential for violence escalates. The tension is broken, however, when the troopers receive a phone call from engineers who say the bridge is fine to travel on. The passengers leave the diner. All but one, that is. One of the passengers comes back into the restaurant and informs the man behind the counter that the bridge had not been cleared to drive on. He had created the phone call as an illusion, and both the state troopers and the bus and all its riders plunged into the river. The mysterious passenger then explains to the counterman that he is from Mars, and he is an advance scout sent to make Earth ready for a Martian colonization. The counterman receives this information awfully calmly and then reveals to the Martian that he is not really a diner counterman: he is really from Venus, and the Venusians have already colonized Earth. He then informs the Martian that the Martian colonization force has been intercepted by Venusians, and no Martians will be landing on earth. Then he puts the Martian scout into a jukebox-turned-spaceship, and sends him on his way back into outer space. This graphic adaptation is a great fit for reviving Serling's surprise-ending episodes, and the pacing of the action evokes the tension and paranoia of the television episode. Readers will really enjoy the unexpected ending. Also included is an essay about the challenges of adapting stories from the Twilight Zone series into graphic novels by Savannah College of Art and Design by author Kneece. It is recommended for ages 10 and up. Reviewer: Lauri Berkenkamp
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802797261
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 9/15/2009
  • Series: Twilight Zone Series
  • Pages: 72
  • Age range: 12 - 15 Years
  • Lexile: GN330L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.60 (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, for which he won three of his Emmys. 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 as a professor of sequential art. He lives in Savannah, Georgia.

RICH ELLIS (illustrator) received a B.F.A. in Sequential Art from the Savannah College of Art and Design. He also illustrated The Monsters are Due on Maple Street. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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  • Posted February 3, 2010

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    Reviewed by JenJen for TeensReadToo.com

    A mysterious crash. A bus full of passengers, waiting out a winter storm. A strange person in a diner.

    Who is it, and what does he want with Earth?

    WILL THE REAL MARTIAN PLEASE STAND UP? was as kooky and weird as the TV show it represents. A very quick, fun, graphical read, indeed!

    This was actually my first experience reading a graphic novel and I highly enjoyed it. There are seven more in this series that I hope to get to read soon.

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