For those that read this site, you’ve probably heard by now that the people behind Fringe are producing a comic book series that gives some prequel information to the television show. The first issue came out last week and it contains two short stories: The Prisoner and Like Minds.
Many of you may be curious if the comic book is important to the show. Do you need to read it to know what’s going on?
Of course the simple answer is no. There is no way the creators of Fringe would require the average television viewer to go out of their way to purchase a comic book.
But I’m here to tell you that if you are planning on getting into the show and are as excited for the pilot as I am, you might want to go grab this first issue and see what you think.
First off, it’s co-written by Zack Whedon, who is not only Joss’ brother, but also wrote Dr. Horrible’s Sing-A-Long-Blog, and an episode each of Deadwood and John from Cincinnati. Julia Cho is the other writer, Tom Mandrake did the art, Carrie Strachan colored and Wes Abbott did the lettering.
Secondly, the first story, Like Minds, stars Walter Bishop, who is played by John Noble in the television series. The time period is 1974 and he’s a professor at Harvard University. We get some insight into what Noble is up to early in his career and it’s fairly interesting. That fact alone made the comic worth it for me.
The second story, The Prisoner, deals with a man who suddenly is in the body of an incarcerated criminal. He calls home to his wife, who says her husband is sitting right there in the living room. Spooky, right?
Both stories were good, although the second one is bit unclear on what actually happened at the end.
The story with Bishop has a “to be continued” tacked on the end, so obviously we’ll see more of what happens to him in the next five issues.
You may not need the comic book to understand the show, but it’s still something you might want to pick up. The series is six issues long and should come out every month through the winter, although the next issue is set for September 17th.
There is also a massive viral campaign going on, and if you want to read more about it, IO9 has all the details.