When I was given the opportunity to read a new edition of Twisted Dark, I was quite excited. Neil Gibson is a skilled writer with a great hold of the subject matter in which he excels. The darkness and perversion of human nature seems to be his specialty in a way that few others have even begun to scratch. In this volume it seems like Gibson might have gone further into the perverse aspects of his storytelling instead of the novel concept of a twist at the end of each story. There seems to be far more violence in Volume Four than there has been in the past. I’m not saying this is a bad thing but again these stories are clearly not for the faint of heart.
Gibson has surrounded himself with a stable of adequate artists. Each different story has a different artist; each seems gifted in their own way. Especially when conveying the darkness in the each characters souls. No specific artist stands out skill wise but I think each reader will have their own favorite.
Unfortunately there is one tale in Volume 4 that I found to be over the top in regards to darkness. It’s titled “Little Piggy” and it pushes the graphic violence of the entire book to almost uncomfortable levels. I’m not going to waste time or effort trying to tell readers about this story, I’ll simply say that if horrific violence is not your cup of tea, then avoid this chapter.
Neil Gibson and his band have a great thing going, their stories are fresh, and Gibson’s writing seems to be evolving. I’m a little disappointed in Volume Four, but not horribly. I hope in future volumes that a balance of interesting stories will help to balance the violence of some of the darker tales. While I still fully endorse the Twisted Dark books, Little Piggy really left me feeling uncomfortable. That’s probably the point. Not for the faint of heart but if you like a little darkness in your comics this is still the best place to get it.