Following up on the best-selling Twilight Zone series by J. Michael Straczynski, Dynamite is releasing a Twilight Zone Annual 2014 which contains three stand-alone tales written by Mark Rahner, drawn by Randy Valiente, Andrea Mutti and Edu Menna, with a cover by Roberto Castro! This squarebound oversized issue will be available in June from Dynamite Entertainment in comic stores and digital.
The Twilight Zone Annual 2014 contains three stand-alone tales of the bizarre: A politician determined to cut aid to the poor finds himself in a Dust Bowl town in the Great Depression. Reality begins to slip away for a crusader against social network “over-sharing.” And a Renaissance player who doesn’t fit in with his present-day peers gets an ugly taste of the real thing.
“The story in this annual ranges from horrifically disturbing to comically whimsical,” says writer Mark Rahner. “I hope readers hear Rod Serling’s voice – and a little of his anger – when they read my Twilight Zone annual. I feel like I was born to write this stuff, because I suspect my mom used one of those cone-speaker things to hardwire me with Twilight Zone while I was still in the womb. Instant addict. I wonder if it’s easy for some people to forget how much nerve Serling showed in those shows. He used them as vehicles for blistering commentary – odd, entertaining fantasy, science fiction and horror vehicles. And that kind of nerve inspired me from my first comic book, Rotten, right on through to this one. My Twilight Zone stories are old-school in their approach – you can’t improve on his formulas – to current things that would have given pause to our cigarette-smoking host.”
The Twilight Zone Annual 2014 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ April Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release on June 18th, 2014. The Twilight Zone Annual 2014 will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.