Review: Twig #1
When I first discovered Skottie Young, it was due to his cute takes on superheroes. From there, that “cute take” turned into twisted takes on cuteness. The same “awe” style but with a humor about it all that betrayed the innocent look. Which is why I was so very intrigued by Twig #1. The comic’s description describes it as a “Bone-esque” adventure. So, going in, I wondered if this was really a comic geared towards kids or if there would be some subversive aspect to its kid-friendly look?
Written by Young, Twig #1 introduces us to an intriguing world that has a Jim Henson quality about it. Twig and Splat are friends and Twig is starting a new job. It has something to do with a quest and a jewel but all of that is kind of muddled as we’re thrown into a cute and awe-shucks world. Everyone seems rather nice with animals, plants, and even mountains given life and personalities that make it all very magical.
Twig’s mission is to take a red jewel/egg thing to The Pathsayer to find out what it is and then be sent on a further adventures. Of course things don’t go as planned setting up something grander. Where is it all going? I’m not quite sure but the setup so far feels like something young readers into fantasy would enjoy. The issue is, it’s a monthly comic and by the end, you immediately want to read more. In a reality where a lot of stories like this are released as graphic novel volumes, the monthly floppy release of Twig #1 works against it a bit.
The art is provided by Kyle Strahm and it’s fantastic. With color by Jean-Francois Beaulieu and lettering by Nate Piekos, the comic pops in vibrant colors and creatures and characters you want to squeeze and hug. It’s very Jim Henson in the design and look and that’s absolutely meant as a compliment. If someone told me they were behind all of the designs, I wouldn’t be surprised. The characters and look very much hit the nostalgia button and create a sense of wonder as we get to see more and more of the world. The art does a fantastic job of balancing grand scenes with more intimate interactions.
Twig #1 is a cute and fun start to the series. The designs are fantastic and while opening feels a bit short, it’s definitely enough to get readers to want to come back. Again, my issue is that it’s a monthly release. The opening hints to me this might have been a stronger read as either a graphic novel or extended/oversized issues. We’ll see if that plays out but it’s a world I want to explore more of with creatures I want to hug and hang out with.
Story: Skottie Young Art: Kyle Strahm
Color: Jean-Francois Beaulieu Letterer: Nate Piekos
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Read
Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review