Last year I had the opportunity to review the debut issue of what would turn out to be Darwyn Cooke’s final published work while he was alive, Twilight Children #1 with writer Gilbert Hernandez & colorist Dave Stewart. From it’s debut issue, Twilight Children was astounding for the level of craft; much of that owing to Cooke’s unique visual storytelling. Twilight Children was one of the most unique projects I’ve ever seen illustrated from Cooke but it never felt like anything other then the cartoonist singular aesthetic. You can read the review here or click on the review sections on the sidebar for that, along with more retrospective’s on Darwyn Cooke’s work in the next coming days.
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The debut issue of The Twilight Children is what happens when three masters of their craft are given the freedom to create something completely within their own vision. Writer Gilbert Hernandez, artists Darwyn Cooke & colorist Dave Stewart are some of the most accomplished comics professionals in the medium with more then their fair share of great comics over their long careers but even by that measure, Twilight Children feels like something special.
The Twilight Children begins by showing a small coastal town where balls of light begin appearing inexplicably. In it, we are introduced to a handful of different residents and watch them react to the aberrations as they keep popping up more frequently. Write Gilbert Hernandez is one of comics best at writing characters and dialogue. The way he creates reactions and interactions of the people inside his comic is second to none in it’s complexity and pure enjoyment. His characters are funny, insightful, tragic and endearing all in their own unique way in a manner that feels effortless. Hernandez creates a place and people that you instantly want to immerse yourself in with a sort of casual excellence that he’s honed over three decades of comics creation. For Darwyn Cooke, this is the perfect kind of story to match his style in a way that I don’t recall ever seeing from the artist. His deceptively detailed cartoonish rendering set the comics mood while his expression work, design, sense of environment and overall visual narrative makes for a pleasant and engaging reading experience that manages to subtly add so much to the book without announcing itself. To top all that off, master colorist Dave Stewart comes in with a bright and quirky aesthetic that helps in keeping with the books mood and setting.
If I were to describe The Twilight Children in only two words, I couldn’t thing of a better pair then casual excellence. The team of Hernandez, Cook & Stewart feels so natural and their work here so easily enjoyable, that you almost take for granted just how wonderful this comic is. But make no mistake, The Twilight Children surpasses any and all expectations for a debut that is simply sublime.