TWILIGHT GUARDIAN #4 (OF 4)

Review by: MacAoidh
story TROY HICKMAN
art SIDDHARTH KOTIAN
cover KEU CHA

Size: 32 pages
Price: 3.99

This review contains spoilers, click here to read

Story: 3 - Good
Art: 4 - Very Good

Comments

  1. And all my formatting is gone! Doh. Sorry folks.

  2. Sorry it didn’t grab you as much as some folks, Mac. I’d go into detail about some of what you talk about, but I’d rather not ruin it for those who haven’t read it yet (though if you’d like to discuss it in private, that’s no problem). The only thing I’ll say is that my viewpoint is not in opposition to objectivism…as you put it, “far from it”… 😉

  3. Interesting! I’d absolutely love to hear more and understand what your intentions are, but I won’t push you. I’m sure you have plenty of stuff to do, and I’d hate to take more of your time. Although, if you want you can reach me at polmacaoidh@gmail.com. 😛

    Most of all thanks for reading, and at least considering my thoughts; I clearly only have a partial view of where you’re coming from. And don’t think I’m not a fan any more. I obviously feel passionately enough about your work to write such a long spiel when I don’t think I agree with its direction, but I am nobody to tell you how it should be!

    In fact, I’m still trying to track down a copy of issue 0, but the trade will be out soon anyway!

  4. Actually, I’m glad that you did, Mac. I’ve already posted a thread on Facebook about it that has spawned a lot of interesting comments, and I’m thinking about doing a piece about it for my column at Newsarama.

    Here’s one of the things that I find most interesting: literally less than two days before you posted your review, I heard from a big fan of the TG comic who was very disappointed that I had used TG #4 to “preach” my pro-objectivism politics! So depending on who’s reading it, I’m either doing a crude, insulting, slanderous hatchet job on Ditko and his philosophy, or I’m using the comic as my pulpit to proselytize the gospel of Rand! Ha! It’s really amazing what two pages out of an eighty page story can bring out…sort of a…(wait for it)…Rorschach test, might we say? 😉

    And I think it’s probably because politics are such an inflammatory topic. I assume it is, because no one accused my Punisher-type parody in TG of being an indictment of gun violence, or my British/Vertigo parody of being a scathing criticism of boiled meats and dark beers!

    I’m just happy you recognized it as a parody of Mr. A. What I’m afraid is that far too many comic fans these days are unfamiliar with Ditko’s objectivist stuff, which, while not as accessible as his mainstream work, is the best example of his ART in its pure form, unrestrained and unedited. Believe me, I’m the last person in comicdom who would ever take a shot at Mr. Ditko and his work that has meant so much to me.

    Anyway, though, thanks so much for your comments, and the fact that you went into such depth with them. It means a lot, sincerely.

    Oh, and if by “issue 0” you mean the Pilot Season issue, if you don’t want to wait for the trade, you can read it here: http://www.newsarama.com/php/multimedia/album.php?gid=594

  5. Oh nice!

    I’ll keep an eye out for some more postmortem thoughts in your column.

     

  6. Did we read the same comic book? I thought this was an amazing conclusion to a fantastic comic (probably my favorite series of the year so far). I thought we learned exactly as much as we needed to about the relationship between the father and daughter, especially since I’m not even sure that her father was ever even in her house (chew on that notion for a while). Even if he was, though, I’m not sure what “didn’t make sense” about it. As far as the objectivism, I think you’re reading a great deal into it that isn’t there. It seemed to me to simply be an allusion to Ditko’s Mr. A comics, which made sense given the reclusive nature of her father (assuming he’s real). I’m also not sure why you think she’s emotionally undeveloped. She an adult woman, dealing with her various issues, and by the end of issue #4 we see that what she is, above anything else (even a possible dangerous criminal, something else to chew on), she’s still a hero (depending on your definition, which is what I think the comic is about, at least partially). I also loved that the Dusk Devil doesn’t appear until the last couple of pages, and he’s nothing like what we think he is (and the placement of the one panel of “action” in the whole storyline was perfect). I thought this was just a brilliant comic with great art and writing. I hope we get to see a recurring series of the character.

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