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Review: Sam And Twitch: The Writer #1

What have Sam & Twitch been up to lately?

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It's been a while since I've read any appearances of Sam and Twitch. With the release of this first issue, I was compelled to pick it up and see what's going on in their lives.
 

The Good

From Sam's first appearance, I see not much has changed. That's a good thing. Even though the first few pages don't immediately jump into the action, you can tell something is coming. There's going to be a reason this book is "suggested for mature readers." In what could be a cliche move, when the action starts, we are taken back twenty hours earlier to see what events lead up to where we're at. I liked that. 
 
The art was really something. I really like where this series is going. While I loved (and still do love) McFarlane's art style, the characters here feel more "real." That fits in perfectly with the angle of the comic. This is simply put, a crime story.  
 

The Bad

The choice to not use word balloons bothered me a bit. Since I haven't read any Sam and Twitch books recently I can't say if this is a common thing or if it's being used since the story focuses on...writing. There is a lot of writing involved here. While it did begin to grow on me and it did allow us to see more of the background in panels, there were some times when the lettering got hard to read if it was placed over something white in the panel.
 

The Verdict - 4.5/5

I have to say I am glad I picked this up. I know we've been seeing more "crime" comics lately but this was a fun read. This is a pure cop story. Sam and Twitch may have their roots from the Spawn comic but this is a believable cop story. Part of what I like is I didn't know what the premise would be and I don't know where the story will go. If you're looking for a temporary break from superhero books, this is worth a read.