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"Twisted Dark: Volume 7" Graphic Novel Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by T Pub Comics

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Written by Neil Gibson
Illustrated by Atula Siriwardane, Jake Elphick, Jan Wijngaard, Jim Terry, Marc Olivent, Monika Laprus-Wierzejska, Phil Buckenham, Seb Antoniou, and Silvano Beltramo
Lettered by Jed McPherson and Jim Campbell
2020, 193 Pages

Review:

Twisted Dark, the multi-layered anthology series helmed by Neil Gibson, enters its second season with Volume 7. What started as a collection of seemingly disparate stories has transformed into a vast web of interconnected characters. Each new tale reveals a new connection, giving us a clearer perspective on the big picture.

Gibson says in the foreword that some people believe this volume is where Twisted Dark should have started. It presents a clear link between a number of characters. If you were doing a puzzle, this is like getting all the end pieces at once. This doesn't take away from the earlier volumes of Twisted Dark. If anything, it makes me want to dig them all up and read them again with this new knowledge.

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Despite its many connections to the earlier stories, Twisted Dark: Volume 7 is easily accessible to new readers. There is so much information to sift through in this book that it's like a primer for everything in this universe. It's incredible to see just how far and wide these stories reach. It's no surprise this is also titled Season 2, Volume 1

Of course, there are the signature twist endings that have defined this series from the beginning. They often come without warning. Since each story varies in length, it's tough to predict when an ending might come. Some are abrupt and shocking while others build up steadily over time. This variety helps make Twisted Dark such a great read.

There's an impressive amount of artistic talent on display in Twisted Dark: Volume 7. Each story is expertly illustrated with fine detail and great shading. The book is presented in black-and-white, which adds to the crime/noir tone of the overall narrative. These are bad people doing bad things. Even when you think you might have found an angel in the mix, you're hit with another twist and the truth is revealed.

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There are varying degrees of evil in Twisted Dark. Some are outright brutal with horrific violence while others are more manipulative. The latter feels more unsettling and just plain wrong, especially when we see the actions of who just might be the big bad in this series.

As with every anthology, there are highs and lows here, but I'm happy to say that there are no bad stories. Yes, there are some I enjoyed more than others, but this is a solid book from beginning to end. The pieces of the puzzle really come together in Twisted Dark: Volume 7. This is like Lost, but with an actual organized storyline. Every aspect matters and it's all riveting.

T Pub Comics is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to fund the release on Twisted Dark: Volume 7.

Grades:

Story: fourandahalfstars Cover
Art: fourandahalfstars
Overall: 4.5 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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