Walking Distance (Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone)

Walking Distance (Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone)
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September 16, 2008
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One of most ground-breaking shows in the history of television, The Twilight Zone has become a permanent fixture in pop culture. This new graphic novel series re-imagines the show’s most enduring episodes, in all their original uncut glory, originally written by Rod Serling himself, and now adapted for a new generation—a generation that has ridden Disney’s Twilight Zone Tower of TerrorTM ride, studied old episodes in school, watched the annual marathons, and paid homage to the show through the many random take-offs that show up in movies and TV shows everywhere.

Destination: Homewood. Step off the beaten path as Martin Sloan takes the journey of a lifetime. Somewhere up the road he’s looking for redemption— but he’ll find something entirely different.

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Thought-Provoking and Eerie Graphic Novel
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In this graphic novel adapted from an original Twilight Zone television series script, a wealthy and successful but discontented executive named Martin Sloan takes a trip . . .into the Twilight Zone. Martin is so fed up with his life that he gets into his car and just drives in the hope of finding serenity someplace.

He blows out a tire. When he gets out of the car, he happens to notice a sign saying "Homewood, 2 miles." Homewood! That's where he grew up. Leaving his car at a service station, he walks into town. His first stop is the soda shop where, incredibly, it looks exactly the same as when he was a kid --- and he can still get a chocolate soda for a dime. As he's enjoying the treat, a woman Martin knew as a kid comes in. She is unchanged. In fact, Homewood itself is unchanged because somehow Martin has wandered back in time, where he makes the most unnerving acquaintance of all.

We learn in the afterword that Rod Serling, author of the original stories, considered this to be his most personal Twilight Zone episode, which was based on memories of growing up in his own hometown. This might explain why it is so affecting, tugging at readers' heartstrings and giving them much to ponder in a quick-reading, enjoyable format.

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