Gilbert Hernandez is simply one of the finest creators of comics from the last 35 years, not to mention one of the finest American writers of the same time. If you’ve not read Love and Rockets I suggest stopping reading this now and go do so because his work is exceptional. His occasional work for DC Comics over the years has been a tad sketchy, but this title with artist Darwyn Cooke (one of the creators that took DC schilling for Beyond Watchmen) isn’t up to the standard of his Love and Rockets material, but it’s good.
Here’s DC’s blurb.
For the first time ever, legendary comics creators Gilbert Hernandez (Love and Rockets) and Darwyn Cooke (DC: THE NEW FRONTIER) have joined forces for a surreal project unlike anything you’ve ever read before! 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?
Cooke’s art sort of works. It’s a wee bit too polished for my liking so the Hispanic village looks too nice, whereas in Hernandez’a Heartbreak Soup for example, the villages look lived in and real.
It does make the book pretty to look at, plus once I got into it the style helps with the more fantastical aspects of the story as it progresses from it’s realistic start. It’s Hernandez’s story that pushes this on and it is full of the touches I expect from a talent like Hernandez all the way, not to mention the oddness.
The Twilight Children is a promising first issue even if at times it does feel like the creators are ticking off boxes. It’s got a nice mix of fun, melancholy and weirdness that’ll make me pick up the rest of this series.