Advance Review – The Twilight Children by Gilbert Hernandez and Darwyn Cooke!

The-Twilight-ChildrenTitle: The Twilight Children
Writer: Gilbert Hernandez
Artist: Darwyn Cooke
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Published by Vertigo Comics
Reviewed by Johnny Destructo
There are few creators that have a perfect track record on the Destruct-OH-meter (that’s my life-long rating system, which I just created just now). Darwyn Cooke is at the very top of that list. I have yet to be disappointed by a comic that involved Cooke, and that includes the book currently being discussed. On the other hand, I don’t remember ever being blown away by Gilbert Hernandez. I know that Love and Rockets is beloved by the indie-comics scene, but I haven’t had a chance to go back and read it from the beginning, and jumping into the series randomly hasn’t piqued my interest. All of this is to say that before reading The Twilight Children, I was 100% excited for 50% of the creative team for this book. Given that terrible math, after reading the first issue, I’m now 200% into this series!
Skipping the beautiful, nude, white haired woman on the first page, we are introduced to the stoic and morose Anton and his, ahem, friend Tito. Their relationship is expertly conveyed in just a few panels before we move on to Bundo, the island drunk and three youths who will be very important to this series before very long. As it turns out, when a huge glowing white ball shows up, hovering just above the tropical waters near the beach, it’s not as surprising to the characters as it was to me. These rascals have been popping up from time to time, with their comings and goings completely missed by anyone who encounters them. Bundo promises to sit up all night and watch the ball to see if he can discern where it goes when it leaves. A couple beers later and I think we all know how this goes for ole Bundo, and the story starts from there. I’m not going to delve any deeper into the story, so you can experience it for yourself, but every page is filled with emotion and is masterfully illustrated. Even as I closed the book and looked at the cover, the entire issue is broadcast right there under the title. Now THAT’S design done right.

Hernandez and Cooke and gotten together to craft an intriguing mystery brimming with flawed yet likable characters, naturalistic dialogue and stunning artwork. If you like things that are really good, you should probably read this.

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