Sam & Twitch: Case Files #1 Review: Back In Action

Sam and Twitch Case Files #1 review

Read our review of Sam & Twitch: Case Files #1 from Image Comics, written by Todd McFarlane and Jon Goff with art by Szymon Kudrański.

We reviewed the book on the Stack podcast. But in the interest of highlighting more about the title, here’s a summary of the conversation with our thoughts. And if you prefer the longer audio version, that’s below as well!

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Sam & Twitch: Case Files #1 Review:

The Spawn-adjacent detectives are back with a new case, a new artist, and some brand-new lettering.

The discussion started off with host Alex Zalben dismissively comparing Sam and Twitch to DC Comics Commissioner Gordon and Detective Harvey Bullock, with Pete LePage taking exception to this note.

“How dare you,” said LePage. “Sam and Twitch, part of the original Spawn series way back when it started, is a fun take on dealing with all the other activities and all the crime that is in Spawn’s world that may or may not connect to what Spawn has going on.”

While that didn’t really contradict Zalben’s theory, he did note on a different tact that the lettering in the book “was wild.” Instead of in bubbles as usual, it’s typed out in gray on the pages, presumably to look like “a case file, which is purposeful, which is off-putting but engages you as a reader. The other thing that I would throw out there is Szymon Kudrański, having the lack of bubbles really emphasizes his art which is all fantastic. So from an artistic perspective, I thought it was a very interesting issue.”

LePage did agree with that and added that as a fan, it was “exciting and fun” to see Sam and Twitch again.

Conversely, Justin Tyler felt that Sam was a “mean mess who’s not fun? And then Twitch’s like, ‘yeah, I hate him too.’ But I’m along for the ride… I just I want to have some fun in here in some capacity, or know about these people in a way that makes me interested in it.”

Sam & Twitch: Case Files #1 Official Synopsis:

Your fan-favorite detectives are back in their new ongoing series, SAM AND TWITCH: CASE FILES. From the world of SPAWN, acclaimed creator TODD McFARLANE and artist SZYMON KUDRANSKI bring you a tale of murder, intrigue, and deception in this noir crime drama.

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