Action, intrigue, the American way, you will find it all in The World of Tomorrow!
Issue One is about Craig Barstown, an actor at the height of his career. Well, that’s at least what he thought. Barstow portrays a character on the science fiction television show, The World of Tomorrow. The show looks to be about fighting aliens and saving the day. However, off the set, Craig isn’t doing so well. He drinks more than he probably should, and we found out he isn’t the best gambler; he has gained quite a bit of debt with the mob and pretty quickly Craig finds himself in a lot of trouble.
This issue is a strong introduction to what I’m hoping will be a long series. From the first page, I was enthralled by the story. Even though the start was from the TV show he was acting in, I found nearly the whole comic book to be exciting and well illustrated.
Establishing Its Characters
The World of Tomorrow quickly established its characters and their personalities. When we first see Craig interact with people off of the set, we find out he’s a pretty nice guy. He looks out for the people around him. Those qualities instantly made me like him. The other main characters are shown to be arrogant and selfish people. Here, I am referring to the mob and his boss.
The writer of the comic book, Giles Clarke, did a very good job describing what the characters were like. I liked that they were written straightforward and honest; It’s all on the table.
With the comic book already being so detailed, it made reading it easier and greatly helped the flow. The same attention to detail seems to be put into every interaction, including the minor characters; for example, the studio’s doctor. I found Doctor Irving’s brief stint to be hilarious, mostly because of the reactions. When Barstow is in a heated conversation with his boss, he comments on the Doctor giving child actors amphetamines. Dr. Irving angrily comments back “It kept Shirley Temple dancin’, didn’t it?!” With accurately drawn stunned reactions to follow. How it was illustrated was comical and didn’t take anything away from the scene. It does make me wonder how many other small references were in this comic. I hope I didn’t miss too many.
Accuracy of the Era
Now, I’m not an expert of 1950s Hollywood, but wow did it look great!
The team from Uncharted Wilderness Studios clearly did their research. From the first panel to the last, I knew it was the mid-20th century. So often I would stop to go over their attention to detail of the simplest of objects.
Everything down to the television show’s set helped to re-enforce the era. What really did it for me was The World of Tomorrow TV program. You could see the sub-par set and costumes and the ending of the episode “Where will our intrepid crew venture to next?” With laughter from the ship’s crew to follow screamed 50s television.
We even see the sad moment when science fiction is moved aside for the next big movie craze, westerns.
My Final Thoughts on The World of Tomorrow
I immensely enjoyed the first issue. There was excitement, surprises, great references to movies and real-life people, suspense and anticipation. By the end of it, I wanted more and found myself reading it a couple more times. The artwork was great, and the story had a strong pace and plot. However, I did find it to be linear. There were points where the character could have made an obvious decision to avoid something and didn’t. But it doesn’t matter, as there will clear plot devices in play. I did, unfortunately, find a couple of grammatical errors. Other than that, it was very well designed.
To me, Uncharted Wilderness Studios have created a unique and fresh comic book. Everything in it works well together to give the reader an enjoyable and worthwhile experience. I am eager to see what becomes of their amazing project.
The World of Tomorrow is a Kickstarter project. You can view their page by clicking here. The webpage has a lot more detail on the comic which I didn’t want to talk about, because of spoilers. It also gives you information on the creative team behind it.
The Kickstarter shut off date is September 3rd, 2018.