Thursday, October 22, 2015

Are the Kids Alright in The Twilight Children #1?

Vertigo brings lovers of genre comic books and movies a new original tale with The Twilight Children #1. Darwyn Cooke's classic style blends with Writer Gilbert Hernandez's narrative as they partner together to bring readers an original tale of mystery and intrigue. I wish I could've been more excited about it as the last panel skulked up on me.

When a white orb washes up on the shore of a remote Latin American village, a group of children naturally poke at the strange object to see what it is. The orb explodes, leaving the children completely blind. And when a beautiful young woman who may be an alien is found wandering the seafront, she’s taken in by the townspeople, but soon becomes a person of interest to a quirky pair of undercover CIA agents, and the target of affection for a young scientist. Can they come together to prevent an all-out alien invasion and save the souls in this sleepy, seaside town?

The Twilight Children #1 is suggested for mature readers. The only reason this book is given that warning is because it has quite a few panels of unnecessary nudity and adult situations. I just don't get why writers and artists want to limit their audience by including inappropriate content in their work. It's obvious Hernandez is heavily influenced by creepy classic science fiction and horror films, so why not fashion a book which is friendly for all ages like those great movies of the past.

The first issue of The Twilight Children is a slow start to what could turn into a fascinating entry in the sci-fi / horror genre. All I kept thinking about was the movie "Village of the Damned" as I flipped through the pages. Darwyn Cooke's artwork was enough to hold my attention with its golden age inspiration. However, whether or not Gilbert Hernandez's tale will be worth following until the end is still yet to be seen.

The Twilight Children #1 is available now in print.