Book Title: Twig #1

Book Description: “Twig” #1 is the story of the title character’s first day on the job as a placeling. It is off to a rocky start with our hero oversleeping. He bolts out the door with his friend Splat, a slug-like creature that has a quip for all occasions. They cut through the wilderness to report to Mount Guphin. Mount Guphin is a living mountain. The companions go into his mouth to reach the belly mines. That’s where Twig’s work truly begins. He is tasked with taking an item to the Pathsayer, who will tell him what it is. The Pathsayer can be found in his cartography, a few days’ trek from Mount Guphin. Leaving Mount Guphin is where Twig’s adventure begins.

Book Author: Skottie Young

Book Format: Paperback

Publisher - Orgnization: Image Comics

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Illustrator: Kyle Strahm

  • Story
    (3)
  • Interior Art
    (3.2)
  • Cover Art
    (3.3)
  • Dialogue
    (3.3)
  • Mechanics
    (3.2)
  • Editing
    (3.2)
3.2

Summary

“Twig” made it onto my radar when an artist I’m friends with posted a picture of a sketch cover they were doing on social media. When I saw “Twig” was from Skottie Young, the man that gave us “I Hate Fairyland”, I was all in on this book.

The universe “Twig” takes place in reminds me of something that Jim Henson would have been involved in. Mr. Strahm made the terrain and creatures in “Twig” much like those in “The Dark Crystal” and “Labyrinth”. I liked it. It gives the story a magical feeling. 

I had hoped for a few new catchy obscenities, like we got in “I Hate Fairyland”. The term “Muffin Hugger” has been my go to when something goes wrong with the children in earshot. There are some good jokes, none roll off the tongue quite the right way for a vocal outburst.

The cadence for this issue was a little slow. That’s because we’re getting to know more about Twig. He didn’t want to be a placeling. He wanted to be a chef. When his father passed away unexpectedly, Twig was forced to take up the mantle.

As a geek on a budget I would say “Twig” is worth the price of admission. We get a whole new universe with fascinating creatures and a few good jokes throughout the story. To me that’s money well spent.

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