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The World of Tomorrow  (Uncharted Wilderness Studios)

Written by: Giles Clarke

Art and Inks: Kenan Halilovic

Colours: Felipe Obando

Lettering: Deron Bennett

The Universe, its vast, empty and unexplored expanse stretching to infinity.

To learn, to explore and to bring the American Way of Life to every corner of the cosmos

This is the mission of the Spaceship Acropolis.

From the days of yesterday until The World of Tomorrow!

Craig Barstow was a shining star of television’s first Golden Age of Television.  He thought he had it all.  Everyone knew him from starring role as Captain Cal Armstrong on the hit Science Fiction TV show, the World of Tomorrow. He thought he could everything he wanted; parties, money, women you name it.

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But his luck has run out and his star is falling fast.

Science Fiction is out and Westerns are back in. The network wants to cancel the World of Tomorrow and kick him to the curb in the process. His off screen antics are catching up with him too.  Loan sharks and Mob Muscle shadow his every move demanding he make good on his repayments.

Newly formed Uncharted Wilderness studios has put together a great creative team combining talent from all around the world on its launch book, the World of Tomorrow.

LA-based writer / editor Giles Clarke comes to this series from a background in cinema and with a Masters in Giles in film production but I believe this is his first comics book work. He packs a lot of story, character and heart into this first 22 pages. 

Clarke introduces us to Barstow’s on and off screen world all while showing a great affection for the history of Tinsel Town and the pulp Science Fiction of the Post War era.

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The dialogue is snappy and brimming with  humour as Barstow is humbled and humiliated by everyone from studio executives and drunken surly neighbours to little old ladies at the bus stop.

The art team is the real star of this book as far as I’m concerned.  Bosnian artist Kenan Halilovic teams with Costa Rican colourist Felipe Obando to bring the worlds of yesterday and tomorrow to life.

Halilovic’s style reminds me of artists like Barry Kitson and Chris Sprouse with its fine inks over clean lines. Scenes feel authentic and accurate to the period as the artist captures the fashion, design look and feel of 1950s Hollywood expertly on the page.

Obando’s exceptional colouring further accentuates this bringing both the movie magic and the mundane aspects of Barstow’s world to life.

This is best demonstrated with a delightful camp TV sequence which kicks off the issue.  Hijacked and held captive, the crew of the Acropolis has to summon every shred of All-American guts and determination to repel the sinister Space Pirates from Planet Maldivia. Halilovic’s sets, props and costumes combine with the shadowy sepia tones of Obando’s colours to create an authentic Atomic Age Sci-Fi spectacular.

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This is a well-paced, entertaining first issues full of winks to the camera and tongue in cheek humour that will leave you wanting to know what happens next.  The World of Tomorrow is planned for at least a 12 issue run but the team need your help to make it happen. If you’re reading this before the end of August you’ll still got time to back the project on Kickstarter and help bring it to life.

Until then remember to tune in to Uncharted Wilderness Studios on the web or Social Media to find out what happens next in the thrilling Season Finale of the World of Tomorrow.

While you’re here why don’t you check out our other spotlights on some other great indie Sci-Fi books.

Ion Grip – a shaken not stirred mix of Space Opera and Cold War espionage

Blokkan – all actions action adventure and robot fun in the 90s that never was