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Monday, November 16, 2009

This Week's Suspended Animation - The Twilight Experiment


The Twilight Experiment, Published by Wildstorm Publications, 36 pages, $2.99 cover price.

Michael is a young man who grew up on a space station, and whose primary care giver was an artificial intelligence. As if that wasn't enough to make him stand out, his mother was one of the world's most powerful superheroes. She was also murdered. Now, having inherited her powers, Michael is anxious to avenge his mother.

This six-issue miniseries begins with a stimulating plot, and a character with whom readers can sympathize. I mean, what if YOU were watching life, including dire events that involved the person you loved most, from afar, unable to intervene? The scenario sets up quite a recipe for emotional loose ends in need of tying. One of the most important and emotionally resonant moments comes when Michael finally leaves his orbiting home for Earth. Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray lay some heavy characterization on readers, as well as plot twists which are, for the most part, unforeseen. I say, "Thanks for that."

With artwork that is not steeped in realism, but contains a wonderful grasp of emotion, as well as ample fluidity which serves the action well, Juan Santacruz adds another well-deserved feather to his artistic cap. This book is as fun to look at as it is to read.

Perhaps one of the best things about The Twilight Experiment is that it delivers a clear beginning and end, in addition to all that has been mentioned. In this, the day of the ongoing mega-event that Marvel and DC both seem so enamored with, and which threatens to further bleed the wallet of the average comics fan, a six-issue tale containing action, thrills, great characterization, and a climactic ENDING is that much more attractive.

The Twilight Experiment is suggested for older fans of superhero action and intrigue. Find it at comics shops, conventions and online auctions and retailers.

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Review by Mark Allen