Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Sam and Twitch: the Writer #4 - Image

I really hate to say it . . there was such a great build-up to this series, but . . the ending, to me, was a bit anti-climatic. Since the beginning of this story, Sam & Twitch, as well as the writing psychologist . . a graphologist, Garland . . they have all been chasing their tales to try to find this guy that's been transcribing a story onto the bodies of dead people all over New York City. Their break comes when Violet, who works with the publisher, Francis Merrill, finds out that he had been sent the original manuscript months ago. When he connects the story showing up on the dead bodies, to what he had been sent . . he burns it so that the story can never be completed. But Violet had enough foresight to grab a couple of pieces to bring them to Sam. Instead . . she ends up with Garland. And after seeing the writing she realizes that a woman wrote the original. While a man is writing the stuff on the bodies. Meanwhile, from Sam's end, they finally interview Jacob Marley from St Paul's and find out that he killed Ramon. Plus . . he saw the guy. Father Bradbury had someone following Jacob, because he suspected him of dealing drugs. Apparently that guy is the Writer. When Jacob killed Ramon he ran, but he thinks that the guy was right behind him. So he probably came upon Ramon's body just as, or shortly after, he was dying. So now he feels guilty because he thinks he gave the guy his first page . . his blank slate. He feels like he lit the fuse. And after seeing a drawing, he's pretty convinced that it's Roland . . the guy they saw with the broom. Anyways, it all comes together after that. It turns out that the woman who wrote the story was Mary, Roland's older sister. About a year ago on a trip to the store, she was hit by a car and died. Roland was already suffering from psychiatric problems. When that happened it pushed him over the edge. Basically . . he was telling the story to keep his sister's memory alive. He switched to bodies . . away from walls and park benches and such, when he realized that nobody was really paying attention. And 'bada-boom, bada-bing', just like that . . it's all wrapped up. It was interesting. And entertaining. I just didn't particularly care for the ending. But they can't all be great mysteries. Right? For a detective story . . it was ok. Luca Blengino and Luca Erbetta get the credit for bringing it to us. I was just happy to see Sam & Twitch back on the shelves again. I love these characters. And hopefully this means that we'll see more mini-series like this in the future. Please!

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