This week into it’s second issue, Doorways from IDW is a story of a failed TV show from George R.R. Martin.

Now, that may sound terribly unfair, but in the first issue the esteemed Mr Martin delivered a potted history of this story, derived from simply the first line of another story : – ‘There is a girl who goes between the worlds’.

This was for a pitch back in 1985, a TV show telling the tale of a girl fleeing previous captors from alternate Earth to alternate Earth. Of course, nowadays this is not a new idea, but back then this was pre-Exiles, even pre-Sliders (but of course we don’t mention Sliders). Of course it was hardly pre-Deathlok so in the world of comics this was not a new idea even then, but this was TV. Unless you count the dream sequence in Dallas an alternate reality then there was Star Trek: Mirror Mirror, and that was about it.

If the first two issues of the comic are anything to go by, then this is a series I would have loved to have seen.  If you read this series with a view of the potential series it could have been, then what so far seems just slightly above standard fare develops a cinematic quality that is not to be missed. Think Buffy a decade before she happened.

Maybe Mr Martin was simply before his time.

If this is a What-If title, as Mr Martin states, then I would love to see more of these. What other shows never even reached being abandoned on the cutting-room floor?

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Darren Burr

A devoted follower of the comics industry and their characters since a child, Darren now plays in many media but always returns to characters in skin-tight costumes beating each other up on the page. Radio host, blogger, fanfic author and producer of You Tube content, Darren idles away his days until his digital conquest of the world is complete.

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