The Twilight Experiment
by Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, Juan Santacruz (Wildstorm, 2005)

Michael is a young man who grew up on a space station, and whose primary caregiver 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 also was 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 that 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 that 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.

review by
Mark Allen

9 January 2010

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