A Kickstarter Gem: The World of Tomorrow #1 Review

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Posted August 24, 2018 by Alden Diaz in Comic Books

Written By: Giles Clarke

Pencils & Inks: Kenan Halilović

Colorist: Felipe Obando

Letterer: Deron Bennett

The World of Tomorrow #1 was a truly unexpected surprise that accomplished the feat that makes or breaks any independent comic book: It left me wanting more and used every panel to carve out its own identity. In all honesty, I had no idea that this project was even in the works, and I’m so glad I was given the chance to check it out. What Giles Clarke, Kenan Halilović, Felipe Obando, and Deron Bennett have crafted here is a comedic character piece that’s equal parts satire, redemption story, and comedic romp through a bygone era. Most importantly, this creation presents to us Craig Barstow, a falling star in a cutthroat business going through some hard times. Through Craig, Clarke’s writing reaches the parts of us that wish we could be better and get a second chance, and I found myself totally engaged.

The story of this issue is a day in the life, but it begins in galactic parts unknown as we follow the crew of the fictional exploratory vessel, the Acropolis. And, since I knew nothing about this comic, the charming twist that revealed we were just watching the making of a television show completely got me. I was instantly onboard for this series. That’s the kind of idea that you just want to tell your friends about and I loved it. As for the rest of the story, we’re guided along the downward spiral with Craig Barstow on a journey that’s equal parts grim and comedic. I thoroughly enjoyed the look at the TV business of the period and at the various figures that Barstow encountered along the way.

My only concern is that the comic moves a little fast for the material. I think that maybe we could have fleshed out certain aspects of Barstow’s past instead of moving so quickly from event to event. I found myself wondering what Barstow was like during the peak of his career, and I think maybe some more in depth talk of that could have helped for sure. However, it certainly doesn’t hurt the issue because it IS an introductory piece. On that same note, I hope some of the side characters get fleshed out enough so that I’m as interested in them as I am in Barstow. They each made an impact, but I found myself wondering if most of them are only there to move the plot along.

Now of course, a comic can’t succeed by sheer virtue of its writing alone, and this comic has artwork to match. As I said earlier, the coloring choice from Felipe Obando that differentiated the fictional world of the television show from the real world was brilliant. That was engaging and it added a tonal layer to this book that I really appreciated. The pencils and inks provided by Halilović was equally wonderful. The expressions compliment the humorous feel of the writing in a big bad way. I’m excited to see how the art team moves into the grittier world that the end of this issue began to show us (though a part of me definitely still hopes that there’s more glimpses of the fictional sci-fi world).

Overall, this comic was great. Though there are some minor things that gave me a few seconds of pause, it is a wonderful debut issue and a comic that you should definitely keep your eye on. This is what independent comic books are all about, so if you want to support this one (and you should), the link to the Kickstarter is right here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1676668851/the-world-of-tomorrow-issue-1?ref=project_link

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8.8

Final Score


8.8/10

Pros

  • Great use of the classic Hollywood period.
  • A main character that you instantly want to root for.
  • Fun use of two distinct coloring styles to really hook the reader.
  • Humorous, quick, and relatable.

Cons

  • Just a tad too fast paced for the material.
  • Runs the risk of some characters feeling like caricatures (though that may be the point).



About the Author

Alden Diaz

Alden Diaz is a WTN writer whose roots go back to the site's two predecessors. So basically he has a seat on the Council AND the rank of Master? Right? He's a geek with lots of opinions on film, comics, TV, etc., a graduate of broadcasting school, a smark, and a shameless collector of Funko Pop figures. Ask him why pigs are the best animal.