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Review – Twilight Guardian #1

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Twighlight Guardian #1Such a fantastic first issue.  Twilight Guardian #1 is what I’m looking for in a first issue.  It sets up a mystery, gives an entertaining and likable main character and some great art to boot.  This Top Cow Pilot Season winner is written by Troy Hickman with art by Siddharth Kotian.

The tale of a lone, dedicated hero patrolling her nine block suburban neighborhood captured the imaginations of fans during 2008’s Pilot Season and after heated voting emerged as one of the winning titles.

Now creator and writer Troy Hickman (Common Grounds) returns with a four issue limited series, which will delve into Twilight Guardian’s past, her motivations for crime-fighting, and even give her an arch-nemesis in the terrifying Dusk Devil! Joining Hickman is up-and-coming artist Siddharth Kotian (Eat The Dead). Issue #1 features a beautiful painted cover by Eric Jones (Hack/Slash, Unknown).

The series is only four issues, but there’s something I really like about it.  I can guess where it’s going and time will tell, but overall I really enjoy it.  It features a strong woman in the lead roll and a mysterious villain.  There’s just something to it.  The art is pretty solid, writing interesting and overall it’s another fascinating look as to what makes a hero super.

Plot: Hickman has a solid series here.  It has a lead I like and is the rare strong, somewhat realistic woman.  There’s a mystery which I can guess where it’s going, but really have no idea.  And the writing style itself, is solid.  This might be a four issue limited series, but it’s one that’s looking very solid.  Rating: 8.75

Art: Kotian’s art adds to Hickman’s solid writing.  Even better is that the art doesn’t fall into the issue of it being so dark you can’t tell what’s going on.  Instead blues replace solid blacks so you can see what’s actually going on.  Also, there’s these flashes to comic books that show off different styles that I really liked too.  Very solid work.  Rating: 8.25

Overall: As the winner of Top Cow’s Pilot Season, you’d expect a solid series.  This one is extra solid and entertaining.  I have a feeling by then end, I’d hope this was an ongoing, if this first issue is any indication.  The second issue is released this week, so now’s a perfect time to check it out.  Overall rating: 8.5

Recommendation: Buy

Page count: 32 pages    Price: $3.99     Release: 1/26/11

Top Cow provided Graphic Policy with an advance copy of this issue for FREE for review.