Title: Twisted Dark Volume 3
Author: Neil Gibson
Series: Twisted Dark
Genre: Graphic Novel Horror
Summary (from Goodreads)
Story connections become clearer in what has been described as Neil Gibson’s darkest release to date, the third volume of the Twisted Dark series. This time around we’re shown an innovative use for bamboo, and are introduced to a sinister little girl who just wants a bit of peace and quiet.
The Twisted Dark series continues to be… twisted and dark! Okay, so we know as readers what we’re getting by now – short stories with a dark twist. But what amazes me is how Gibson continues to deliver a diverse range of stories that explore so many different facets of human darkness.
My particular favourite this time explored body image, and how the mind can see something completely differently to how it actually is. The character starts off overweight but becomes obsessed with her body image, always chasing perfection. But the thing about perfection is the goal posts are constantly changing, and if you don’t have the self confidence to live with your flaws and imperfections, then you end up trying to achieve something that isn’t possible. The final image in this story was really powerful, summing up in one stark, horrific panel, exactly the cost of all those photoshopped celebrities and body image driven advertising.
More and more connections are starting to build up, as well. The books don’t take long to read – I sat and read this in one sitting in about thirty five minutes – but they have so much re-read value. I really want to go back to books one and two and reread them with the knowledge of all three books in my mind – to see what other connections can be drawn, and what threads are still dangling.
I’m really excited to see where Gibson is going to take us next, and can’t wait to read Volume 4!