The smash-hit, critically acclaimed TV series 24 comes
to comics. In this collection, Jack Bauer and the characters
from Los Angeles' Counter-Terrorist Unit (CTU) face threats
and situations ripped from tomorrow's headlines...
three tales - 24: One Shot, 24: Midnight Sun and
Stories - Jack Bauer faces three days of action and drama,
as he must protect a terrorist from her former allies, resolve
a hostage situation involving radical Chechen separatists,
and battle economic and ecological chaos when terrorists assault
an oil drilling station.
can 24 translate well from the small screen to the
world of graphic novels? It's not the most obvious of transitions.
to be honest, this is not the fault of the writers and artists
- the format doesn't really sit well for comic book retelling.
It's very hard to convey that each story is set in a 24 hour
time frame. The way that this is indicated is by a LCD clock
display every page or so. To be honest, I don't see why they
didn't just dispense with the whole 24-hour concept for the
graphic novels and have them set up as tales from the 24
universe that weren't necessarily following the events over
a 24-hour time period.
writing and artwork for this collection is pretty good. It's
easy to tell who is supposed to be who. Although, Manny Clark's
work on Stories was a little peculiar. Clark is either
a fantastic painter, or he's up to speed on all the tools
in PhotoShop - and is not afraid to use them. Most of the
likenesses of the cast did look like he'd taken a still from
the show and digitally altered it to make it look like his
own work. Whether that's the case or not, it was just a little
too distracting for my liking. I spent most of the time asking
myself whether it was the artists own work, rather than concentrating
on the story.
you've never seen the show then you won't have a clue what's
going on, as each story is set in a different time line -
with stories before the first season of the TV series, and
including one set just before the third season.
there's nothing ground breakingly original here, fans of the
show will no doubt enjoy these short stories.
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