The past few months DC Vertigo was not at the height of it’s quality – don’t get me wrong. I liked Hinterkind and FBP, and loved Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman Overture but after the end of The Unwritten, Fables and the move of Hellblazer to DC I kinda got the feeling that there was the plan to say goodbye to the mature readers.
I got my hands on a Vertigo previews a couple of weeks ago and my eyes fell immediately on the new arrivals, especially The Twilight Children. The art of Darwyn Cooke was soon identified and my hopes went high. Unfortunately, I never heard about Gilbert Hernandez or Dave Stewart, but I did some research and found their way so far quite interesting.
Last week I got my hands on the first episode and I read it not only once but twice. It offered great art in combination with good storytelling.
The story with a view on a small village, located on the coast – in the first pages we learn of the love life, the hopes and dreams and the losses of some of the townspeople. Each and every character is written and drawn amazingly well and you get the feeling that everyone is important. Then a big white ball appears in the water and the people react disturbed but knowing. Knowing because something like that happens occasionally, unfortunately those balls disappear they same way they arrived, without any sign and completely surprising. The mood changes when the kids arrive on the scene, they – unlike the adults are much more curious – approach the ball and even touch it and the world goes topsy-turvy, a storm breaks loose, the townspeople panic and a beautiful girl appears on the shore.
The first panels were completely in the hand of Darwyn Cooke, no sound, no talk – the team of artists lead us quite slowly into this story, step by step. Admittedly I love Darwyn Cooke’s art and some books I bought only because of his artwork. This time, in collaboration with Gilbert Hernandez (Storyteller) and Dave Stewart (Colorist) it seems perfect in so many ways. Gilbert Hernandez is a master storyteller whose very obvious strength is the characterisation of children, apart from that he builds the story slowly with a lot of suspense, sometimes it even gets kinda spooky. I love that a lot and Dave Stewart fills each page with colours that are a perfect addition to the atmosphere.
It feels a bit like a mixture of Prisoner (yeah because of the white ball in the sea), Cocoon and Super 8 – can’t wait for upcoming issues, the covers so far are looking good.