TWIG #1 review – Fantastic Quest (Young, Strahm, Beaulieu, Piekos) Image Comics


Thanks to Image Comics for the review copy!

Twig is adorable without being juvenile. While it is filled with cute and inventive creatures, there’s a bit of an edge simmering beneath the bright colors that makes this story a great read. Twig, a fuzzy blue guy with a twig hat and a yellow slug like sidekick, is sent on a quest to save the world. Along the way, he meets a host of inventive characters that consistently managed to bring a smile to my face.

The art is whimsical and gorgeous, from the cute little hat on Twig’s head to the varied landscape he travels through. The colors are bright and the characters (even the slug guy) have tons of personality. A standout two page spread features an epic mountain that doubles as a character and plot device (and later, a joke). The dialogue is generally positive and hopeful and when you couple it with the art, you just feel good reading this book. But that doesn’t mean it is all fun and games. The end in particular takes the journey in a new direction.

Twig lacks the mature bite of Skottie Young’s I Hate Fairyland, making it a book I can happily recommend to both adults and younger readers. While Young serves as writer and not artist, the book feels like the fun Marvel variant covers that Young often creates. Artist Kyle Strahm’s art alone is worth checking this series out, but the plot is interesting and the dialogue is genuinely fun to read.

Twig #1 is set to be released on May 4th, 2022.

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