Twisted Romance #2 of 4 Review: Representation Matters!

Twisted Romance #2

Twisted Romance is back this week with issue 2 of 4. The issue released Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 – right on love day itself (Valentine’s Day). Twisted Romance #2 is another delight to read and coming from the first issue it is incredibly exciting to see the stylistic changes that it is accomplishing.

If you read the first issue of Twisted Romance, I can tell you this one is uniquely different. However, that uniquely different is not bad one bit. Twisted Romance #2 is another exhilarating read this week from Alejandra GutiĆ©rrez (Art, Cover), Alex De Campi (Story), Vita Ayala (Story), and Meredith McClaren (Art, Story).

We have a few different writers, colorists, and artists on this piece. The excitement to boast them up in the best way possible is genuine with Twisted Romance #2 by Image Comics.

Representation in Twisted Romance #2

You know what’s cool? Representation. You know what Twisted Romance #2 did? Representation. Getting into Twisted Romance reminds me of getting a blind book (where you don’t see the cover). Except, after you read it you’re like “wow, that was so wonderful and refreshing to read.”

That is usually how I feel about miniseries that have different writers, artists, and colorists on various issues. I love it because I never truly know what to expect and I enjoy that as a reader. Twisted Romance #2 tackled so many prominent topics in a matter of panels and pages. And, it excelled at them all.

The Main Character, Twinkle

The main character Twinkle is the epitome of representation. She has tinted colored skin (not sure of the ethnicity specifically), and she remains viewed/seen to be bigger-boned. Twinkle, as the main character, is dazzling and inspirational.

Twinkle works hard and exceeds at her job. While she comes off as introverted because of who she is, she does prove that she works hard on her work and succeeds in doing so. That is some great female representation, too!

She works as a photo editor (or graphic designer of some sort). While working Twinkle runs into Nick. Twinkle edits the photos but also fixes up the sets for the photoshoots. I guess you could say she’s an assistant/freelance editor for Raymond X, possibly? 

Nick Powell is another character who I will boast up for representation as well. Twinkle, however, battles with feeling inadequate about herself. This was well before Nick came along, but it comes out when she finds out she might truly like him.

Often, she remains insecure about dating a great looking guy and about the fear of being rejected. Essentially, what happens anyway, but not in the way you think. A tiny note that I loved about Twinkle: since she appears as another ethnicity other than Caucasian, I loved the interracial relationship she has with Nick Powell.

It is a small representation, but essential to readers nonetheless. It is genuinely nice to see that in a comic and see it as normal. The same with the other topics and themes that remain talked about and brought up in this issue. The representation is healthy, and I love that.

The Love Interest of Twinkle, Nick Powell

Nick is someone who is famous (or becoming more famous than he was). I would say Nick is the good-looking model/actor who everyone wants a piece of. All the models want to go out with him, and all the directors and photographers want to work with him.

But, he doesn’t enjoy those people who are approaching him, such as the models. Nick digs Twinkle; she catches his eye. Nick is not interested in any of those personalities because he is ace or asexual. Well, that, and, he just doesn’t like them or enjoys being around them.

Twinkle isn’t after him for something greater. Twinkle just likes hanging out with him. What Twinkle initially thinks is that he’s homosexual or a womanizer. But, he simply does not have any sexual desire toward anyone. So it was not that she remained rejected, it was that he does not enjoy doing inmate activities.

Nick’s explanation of being ace and battling with it in a such an open space was executed perfectly. I didn’t foresee it. However, it’s always powerful when you don’t expect something to happen and it does.

The representation of Nick with his asexuality is necessary and vital to the conversation of telling someone you are ace. I also enjoyed, very much so, how Twinkle didn’t make Nick feel uncomfortable about it. That was really nice.

A New Style of Art

The art in this comic is outstanding in so many ways; from the representation of the body frame of Twinkle to the opposing ‘modelesque’ body frame. It was all so brilliantly drawn. The speech bubbles are perfectly adjusted into each panel or even outside of the panel.

While this comic is explicit (in one panel, which I thought was exceptional regardless), the coloring is a huge score. There are pastel colors that fit perfectly in the background of the panels. The scene where Twinkle is admitting that she Googled Nick is just magnificent.

The blue color proceeding the following pages and panels fits perfectly into the scene of where they are. I adore how the color adjusted to the scene. It brings you along for the ride in ways that you don’t realize until after you finish the issue.

This is coming from the harsh (but, fantastic) coloring in the first issue. It is a nice change. A huge kudos to all of the artists, outliners, colorists, writers, and editors on this piece. It is a mesmerizing piece to read and look at. The subtle and cute additions of the little cartoon characters in some panels are so great, too.

What Could Happen in Twisted Romance #3?

At this point, I am excited to continue to keep up with Twisted Romance. After reading Twisted Romance #1 and Twisted Romance #2 so much can happen in the last two issues of this miniseries. I am thoroughly excited about what is in store for this phenomenal series.

I am on the edge of my seat for the next addition to Twisted Romance, but until then… read Twisted Romance #2 and Happy LOVE day!

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