Tuesday, November 1, 2022

#IReadsYou Review: TWIG #1


[This review was originally posted on Patreon.]

STORY: Skottie Young
ART: Kyle Strahm
COLORS: Jean-Francois Beaulieu
LETTERS: Nate Piekos of Blambot
EDITOR: Joel Enos
COVER: Kyle Strahm
VARIANT COVER ARTISTS: Skottie Young; Peach Momoko
28pp, Colors, 3.99 U.S.(May 2022)

Rated: T/Teen

Twig is a new epic fantasy and adventure comic book miniseries from writer Skottie Young and artist Kyle Strahm.  The series follows a young “journeyer” on his first job, which leads to a quest to save his world.  Colorist Jean-Francois Beaulieu and letterer Nate Piekos complete the creative team.

Twig #1 opens on a beautiful morning.  Young Twig is the new “Placeling,” inheriting the job that his late father once held, but he is already late.  His first task is to take a precious gem to The Pathsayer's Cartogratory, but there is already a complication.

THE LOWDOWN:  Image Comics' describes the world of Twig as being similar to the worlds seen in the classic Jim Henson films, The Dark Crystal (1982) and Labyrinth (1986).  Young Twig, a “journeyer,” is on a quest similar to that of the lead character in Jeff Smith's beloved “all-ages” comic book, Bone (1991-2004).

If I stretched my imagination I can see Twig's similarities to The Dark Crystal.  If anything, Twig reminds me of Christian Slade's children's black and white graphic novel series, Korgi, down to the approach to the art and graphical storytelling.

Skottie Young mainly teases the story in this first issue.  What we do get in detail is Kyle Strahm's beautiful art, which is like eye candy.  It looks even more beautiful under the gorgeous colors by Jean-Francois Beaulieu, who also does a lovely job coloring Rob Guillory's comic book series, Farmhand (Image Comics).

There is a preview of the second issue of Twig at the end of this first issue, and yes, there is more pretty art.  I have to admit that I find this intriguing, and I obviously love the art.  So I'll be back. Hopefully, Young will offer more details about the world of Twig, its characters, the plot, and this quest.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of Skottie Young and Kyle Strahm will want to try Twig.

[This comic book includes a three-page preview of “Twig #2.”]

★★★½ out of 4 stars

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"


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