The Twilight Zone: The After Hours
by Rod Serling
Review by Andrew Brooks
Walker Books for Young Readers Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780802797179
Date: 16 September 2008 List Price $9.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
Someone finally decided to adapt Twilight Zone episodes to the graphic novel form, of which I have mixed feelings, and the second one I'll be reviewing this month is The After Hours. My complaint about the other graphic TZ novel coming out is pretty much the only one I have with this one. Like Walking Distance, The After Hours is a classic episode, and fairly short for what you're paying. I can see buying two episodes in one novel, but one for close to ten bucks seems a bit much. Adapted by Mark Kneece and illustrated by Rebekah Isaacs, this graphic episode is one I vividly remember watching as a child. And developing a short lived fear of mannequins over.
Marsha White visits a department store in search of an item that she saw in an ad and, play music, winds up shopping in the Twilight Zone. Having no luck finding the golden thimble advertised, Marsha is directed to another floor, a floor devoid of both people and merchandise. Except for the single saleswoman who not only has exactly what she's looking for, but knows her name as well. Marsha goes to the manager to explain the weird circumstance, feints after seeing a mannequin that looks exactly like the salewoman who helped her, and ends up locked in the department store all by herself. Sort of. This is one of the TZ episodes whose twist you may or may not see coming, but which is creepy good as well.
Of course, the stories and the illustrations aren't what I have a problem with here. Both are well done and true to the episode. My frustration is that there's not more here. I don't know whether these are aimed primarily at a younger audience or not, but I do know they're terribly short and that after I finished both The After Hours and Walking Distance I felt as if they should have included more. Still, it's a good start for the next generation and nostalgia filled novel for those who enjoyed that other dimension. The fifth dimension…the middle ground between light and shadow…
I'd stick with the original source material, the black and white episodes, but if you're a huge fan then by all means pick this one up.