The Best In the Series So Far

  • Mar 2, 2010
Part of a series of graphic novels from Walker Books for Young Readers, WILL THE REAL MARTIAN STAND UP? is an adaptation of an episode of THE TWILIGHT ZONE by the same name. A UFO is discovered by a couple of police officers who follow tracks from the crashed ship to a local diner. There's a major snowstorm, the roads are treacherous, and a bus full of passengers has stopped at the diner. It becomes clear to the people in the diner that the officers are looking for someone, but exactly who it is or where that person is from is another matter entirely.

Out of all the stories I have read so far in this series of THE TWILIGHT ZONE graphic novels, WILL THE REAL MARTIAN STAND UP? is my favorite. The story has a great mixture of comedy and suspense with a double-twist ending. Also, unlike some other Twilight Zone stories, the ending of the tale doesn't feel forced or cheated. The story and plot play out the way they are supposed to.

I liked the illustrations in the story. They are similar to the illustrations in other books in the series. They are kind of cartoony, but not too much so. For the story in WILL THE REAL MARTIAN STAND UP? they do an excellent job of capturing the mood and atmosphere of the tale. The text is written in a font a little larger than most graphic novels and comics and the panels are easy to follow. The book includes introductory and concluding essays as well as a page that gives many details about the original episode, including cast, crew, and trivia.

Overall, a good graphic novel adaptation of a great episode of THE TWILIGHT ZONE. This is a book that I think will appeal not only to older children and reluctant readers, but to fans of the original series as well.

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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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ISBN-10: 0802797261
ISBN-13: 978-0802797261
Author: Rod Serling
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers

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