Publisher: T-Pub Comics
Writer: Neil Gibson
Artists: Atula Siriwardane, Jake Elphick, Jan Wijngaard, Jim Terry, Marc Olivent, Monika Laprus-Wierzejska, Phil Buckenham, Seb Antoniou, Silvano Beltramo
Release Date: Live on Kickstarter until 3rd of March 2020 (CLICK HERE)
Welcome to Volume 7 of Neil Gibson’s epic crime thriller, Twisted Dark. This book represents the start of Season 2, but if you haven’t read any of the previous volumes don’t worry, you don’t need any prior knowledge of the characters or storylines to enjoy this series. That being said, this would be a perfect opportunity to catch up on all of them via the COMICHAUS App (CLICK HERE).
This is a story that is presented as multiple short stories, comprising the many threads that weave the main narrative. This series is also not told in a linear timeline, and while I enjoyed each individual story, some events won’t make sense as part of the greater narrative, until you read further into the series.
The main story revolves around a criminal empire, built and controlled by the Colombian drug lord El Nudillo. This is a dark and brutal story with twists, intrigue, betrayals, and horrors. There are no happy endings, no-one is guaranteed to make it through the entire volume, and this series has moments that are truly chilling. Gibson doesn’t appear to know how to pull a punch, there is no sugar coating on anything, and everything is all or nothing, with a Sin City/John Wick kind of swift violence that only comes from professional killers.
To give you an idea of how complex this series is and just how many plates Neil Gibson has spinning at once, there are 13 chapters in this volume, each telling a different story, and within these chapters are some three-dozen key characters. At no time during this volume did I feel lost, but I did have a lot of ‘light bulb moments’ as parts of each story began to connect with others, and seemingly unconnected strangers turned out to be linked by some horrific and unavoidable destiny.
Actually, thinking about the complexity of this latest volume and about the fact that Gibson has been spinning this series for seven volumes now, it’s ridiculously impressive that as far as I can see, he hasn’t even wobbled a spinning plate, never mind dropped one!
While Casper and Jan Wijngaard have been staple artists on this series from the beginning, there are no fewer than ten artists working on this volume alone. Under normal circumstances this could leave things feeling disjointed and messy, but in this case, it gives each story its own identity, helping to keep the reader off guard as the stories intertwine and lead them on a merry dance. I also have to say that there isn’t any bad art in this series; every artist produces great work that sells the stories and the characters really well, leading you effortlessly through Gibson’s tangled web.
I have been fortunate enough to have been following the entire series for some time now, and the sheer scope of what Neil Gibson has achieved so far is, quite frankly, incredible. Plus, the fact that Gibson is saying this volume represents the beginning of the main story can only mean that we’ve still got a hell of a ride still to come.
The writer of this piece was: Mark Scott
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