I made a point of hitting my local comic book shop of choice this past weekend, because I knew that the first issue of PENNY DREADFUL: THE AWAKENING, the new series being written by TV series executive producer Chris King, had come in. Ever since all us dreadfuls (that’s what hardcore fanboys and fangirls of the TV series are called) got royally screwed by showrunner John Logan, when he abruptly and without forethought pulled the plug on the show, I’ve been clamoring for a continuation of the story. And this is the OFFICIAL continuation, too, just on paper instead of on the screen. I’ll take it. But is it any good? That’s the real question, isn’t it? Is it worthy of the television series, and of the characters all us dreadfuls so dearly love?
Reading the comic, it had the same feel as watching an episode of the TV series. I experienced a little thrill when one of the beloved stalwarts from the show would first appear in a frame. There’s no sign of Dr. Frankenstein or the Monster in the first issue, but I’m sure they’ll show up. Vanessa is there, albeit as a zombie-esque dream image. I expect we’ll be seeing her in the flesh before long, too. The book is legit. It’s PENNY DREADFUL. It’s that fourth season (actually the second half of season three) we all deserved but were denied.
I can’t wait for issue number two.