Writer: Skottie Young
Artist: Kyle Strahm
Colorist: Jean-Francois Beaulieu
Letterist: Nate Piekos of Blambot
Release Date: July 6, 2022
Reviewer: Lukke Sweet
The adventure continues for Twig and Splat! The stakes have been raised and the fate of the world hangs in the balance as Twig’s quest continues in Twig #3 by Skottie Young. The weight of responsibility is starting to weigh heavily on Twig as he is racked with nightmares. But Twig and Splat push forward, searching out the three items needed to repair the Last Gem of the Placelings.
The halfway point of the series marks a shift in the writing as it moves into the impact that it is having upon Twig rather than the overall worldbuilding. While a necessary look into Twig and Splat as characters, Twig #3 doesn’t push the quest narrative forward very far, which may cause the last two issues to feel rushed as the end of the adventure nears.
Still, it’s nice to see that Twig is learning from his mistakes and that the journey is changing him as a character. He’s matured throughout his journey and is learning how to reconcile the choices he must make with the consequences of those actions, seeing that his choices matter and have an impact on the world around him. Meanwhile, we also get a better look at Splat as more than a side character, moving into a co-lead role as the pair gets into and out of trouble.
The art of Kyle Strahm and Jean-Francois Beaulieu has been a high point for Twig since the first issue and Twig #3 continues the trend. Still reminiscent of a Saturday morning cartoon in all of the best ways, Strahm and Beaulieu elevate Young’s worldbuilding to a whole new level. Every panel is beautiful, fun, and dynamic. The pair does an amazing job of bringing the alien world to life through the linework and colors, which I can’t say enough good things about. I can only imagine that they have as much fun creating it as we do while reading it.
At the midpoint of the series, Twig #3 is an entertaining story that shows Twig and Splat’s growth as characters. Young’s worldbuilding continues to be amazing and is only taken further by the outstanding art of Strahm and Beaulieu.