Sophia Peletier

It’s been quite a while, in The Walking Dead, that Carol has been mentioning her dead daughter to anyone she speaks to, first to Ezekiel, lately to Morgan and even Henry. I just realized we never spoke of her here, and that’s a shame, especially considering she represents some sort of loss of innocence for all the comic readers who believed to know where the show was going: here’s Sophia, who’s been portrayed in the show for two seasons by Madison Lintz. Sophia used to be one of the group’s children, until she got separated by the others during a herd assault, and ended up being killed and zombified, only to be found days later in Hershel‘s barn. This came as a shock for the readers, as in the comics Sophia is pretty much alive and well, with her place in the show now been filled by Enid. Let’s see together.

Born somewhere in Georgia, Sophia was the light of her mother Carol’s eyes, and it’s implied she also shared a good relationship with her unnamed father (in the show he’s named Ed). Carol never worked one day in her life, so she spent all her free time with her daughter, creating quite a close bond mostly due to her needy personality. Sophia was just eight years old and with little knowledge of the world when everything crumbled down, and the Outbreak began: due to unknown circumstances, the dead came back from their grave to eat the flesh of the living, and society crumbled in a matter of days. Even Sophia’s little world came apart when her grandparents died and came back, and her own father, traumatized by the event, committed suicide, leaving his wife and daughter on their own. Looking for a safe place to go, Carol decided to take her daughter to her sister’s home, in Atlanta, but even the main roads where now impossible to cross, and mother and daughter found themselves blocked just outside the city. Just like them, many other people were waiting on the borders, and they joined an elder man, Dale, who was camping with a couple of sisters, Andrea and Amy. Other people joined the small group, and Sophia became friends first with a couple of twins a little bit younger than she was, Ben and Billy, and then with a boy her age, Carl Grimes. The group stayed together and even welcomed Carl’s allegedly deceased father, Rick, but eventually they were forced to flee as a herd of walkers attacked the campsite, killing several of them. Sophia and her mother were saved at the last moment by Glenn, another young man from the group, and managed to flee along with the others to a nearby farm: the owner, Hershel, agreed to host them for a while, and Sophia knew some moments of peace, just like her mother, who had found a new love in Tyreese, a survivor they had met on the road. Then, following an “accident”, Hershel kicked them out of his farm, forcing them to find another shelter.

The group ended up in a prison, a place that obviously needed some “cleaning”. Sophia and the other three children, while the adults were killing the walkers they found inside, were entrusted to Julie and Chris, two teenagers who weren’t exactly happy to be babysitting. In this occasion, for the first time, Sophia asked Carl if he wanted to be her boyfriend, but the boy refused, stating that “girls are gross”. There was not much time to worry about these things later, as Carol, dumped by Tyreese, tried to cut her wrists, a move that obviously shocked Sophia. The girl tried to bury everything under a carpet, but her facade attitude only augmented Carol’s depression. In the meantime the group was in serious danger for the first time since their departure from Atlanta, having come into conflict with Woodbury and its Governor, and when Rick had his hand cut by him, Sophia risked to ruin her friendship with Carl asking him if his father’s hand would have grown back, obviously receiving a harsh reply. If this wasn’t enough, as soon as Carol was back on her feet, she attempted to kill herself once again, this time managing to do so by hugging a walker and letting it devour her. This obviously traumatized the poor child, who was unable to speak or relate to anyone for days; at least, it rekindled her friendship with Carl, who took pity in her and stayed by her side for the entire time of her recovery. When Woodbury finally launched an assault on the prison, Dale decided to save at least the lives of the children, so he took Sophia, Carl, Ben and Billy, along with Glenn, Maggie and Andrea, and rode them back to Hershel’s farm on his RV. In the farm, Sophia finally emerged from her shock, but she seemed to have removed all her memories of Carol, now believing Maggie was her real mother…just as the girl, shocked by Lori‘s and Judith‘s death, tried to kill herself. This recurring element in the girl’s life risked to destroy her sanity, but Maggie came back to her senses rapidly, and decided to act along Sophia’s delusion, later adopting her with Glenn. Now, at least, Sophia had a new family to face the end of the world with.

Sophia is a girl who had to suffer trauma after trauma since she was eight years old, and nevertheless managed to grow up a strong and reliable girl, a fourteen-year-old who adapted perfectly to the new world and learnt to overcome the inevitable emotional instabilities coming from her past. Hardened by a life of constant emergency, Sophia is a much more proficient combatant and survivalist than the average teenager, a fast learner with a strong adaptability. It’s not by chance that she’s the only female survivor from the original Atlanta group…

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John

We’re slowly matching a name with the many faces spotted in The Walking Dead, and in the last episode we identified John, portrayed by Scott Deckert. First appeared in Dead or Alive or, John is one of the many nameless workers assigned to Eugene for his bullet factory, thus having pretty much the same role that he had in the comics…but since the series departed in some ways from the source material, we find him working for the other (wrong?) group, the Saviors. The bullets, in fact, weren’t built for Negan in the comics: let’s see together.

Just as for many of the other survivors in the post-Apocalypse world, John’s past is pretty much unknown. We don’t know what his surname was, where he lived before everything began, if he had any family. What we know is that he was around his thirties when the Outbreak occurred, and that he managed to escape the first waves of walkers who started eating the flesh of the living, turning them into other murderous corpses. Either alone or with a group of survivor, John moved around the country looking for food and shelter, until he reached Alexandria Safe-Zone, a fenced community that seemed to be the answer to his prayers. He was welcomed there as a new member of the community, and earned his supplies and a roof on his head with his work. He was in Alexandria when a small group of survivors led by former sheriff Rick Grimes arrived and slowly took power, with Rick replacing Douglas Monroe as a leader, and imposing a much more proactive policy to the entire settlement. Another thing that Rick did was to lead the whole Alexandria in a war against the Saviors, a group of highly organized and heavy armed conquerors who submitted one community after the other in some sort of modern slavery. Obviously, for a war to come Rick and the others needed bullets, a scarce resource in the new world, but luckily one of them, Eugene, knew how to fabricate them. John volunteered to help Eugene in his factory, so he joined his Ammo-Crew.

The war proceeded as violently as any could imagine, and the work of the Ammo-Crew proved to be vital to the joint forces of Alexandria, Hilltop and The Kingdom, the three communities that had rebelled against the Saviors. John worked incessantly following Eugene’s orders, and he and the rest of the crew managed to produce enough ammunition to back-up the entire alliance. Then, somehow, everything crumbled. The last thing they knew from the outside came from Rick himself, who visited the factory and took two crates of newly fabricated bullets, ready for a “final” assault on The Sanctuary. Something obviously went wrong, and before anyone could inform the guys in the factory of what had happened outside, the Saviors were attacking Alexandria in retaliation. John and the others hid for the entire assault, until everything went suddenly quiet. After hours of waiting, obviously, John started to feel the urge of urinating, and he asked for Eugene’s permission to go outside. He was denied that, though, as Eugene feared that the Saviors were still around. John promised to be careful, and slowly opened the door nevertheless…and he was immediately attacked by a walker. An experienced survivor, he disposed of the zombie with little to no effort, and he reassured his companions that it was “only one”. Just as he had finished talking, however, many more appeared: it was a herd, swarming through Alexandria. John was overwhelmed in a matter of seconds, and ended up devoured by the walking dead. Plus, he had created a breach in what was possibly the last safe place in the entire settlement.

John is a simple man, a hard-worker who takes his tasks very seriously, and who does what he’s told. Pretty strong and capable, he’s a survivor who’s able to kill a walker without efforts, even if of course he has problems with a large number of them. In the world prior to the apocalypse, John would have been one of the many nobodies who come and go without leaving a trace; in the post-apocalypse one, though, even his basic skills are a resource to be treasured.

Karen Thorson

The last character seen in the trailer for I Kill Giants is another adult, but strictly connected to the young protagonist: Karen Thorson, portrayed by Imogen Poots. In both the comics and the movie, Karen is Barbara‘s older sister, and the one who desperately tries to take care of her despite the growing detachment of the girl from a reality that hurts her as much as it hurts everybody else in the family. As usual I will try to avoid major spoilers, but it’s not always possible, so be careful with the following.

Karen Thorson was the first daughter of an unnamed couple, and she lived by the sea in Long Island, New York. Quite some years after she was born came Dave, her little brother, and soon after another sister, Barbara. Karen was much older than her siblings, so she mainly acted as a “second mother” to them…until she was forced to act like an actual mother, when the real one got sick. Karen’s mother, in fact, got cancer, and her father, not able and not willing to take care of his family, simply walked away, leaving Karen to look after both her dying mother and her little siblings. Luckily, she had a good job, and she earned enough to keep the house going even by herself. The only thing she had to endure was the presence of an unpleasant colleague, whom she nicknamed Stinky for obvious reasons, and who she was forced to share her cubicle and computer with. Quite a hard-worker, however, Karen managed to impress her boss, Mr. Guggenheim, and she was eyed upon as a new executive assistant (a promotion that would have allowed her to earn more to take care of her family, and to finally get rid of Stinky). As much as she committed herself to it, however, nothing was easy, and her brother and sister, back home, weren’t exactly helpful. Among Karen’s many talents, cooking most certainly wasn’t one of these, something that neither Dave nor Barbara failed to make her notice, mocking her meals ever night at dinner. Plus, the situation with Barbara was becoming increasingly harder, especially from the moment the girl refused to set foot in her mother’s bedroom.

Unable to cope with her mother’s situation, in fact, Barbara had locked herself into a world of fantasy, in which the woman’s disease was an approaching giant, and she was the only one able to stop it. Karen did her best to reach her, and even tolerated that her little sister transformed her bedroom in some sort of little fortress, but it surely wasn’t an easy situation. The tension obviously affected the family’s relationships, and even Dave often snapped, forcing Karen to mediate between him and Barbara, who was usually the target of his anger. Even on the talking side, however, there wasn’t much Karen was able to do, and she found herself totally unable to manage either Dave’s outbursts and Barbara’s evasions. She knew that Barbara was scared to death by her mother and by her illness, but she simply didn’t know how to speak to her. Plus, things started going bad at school also: Karen knew that from time to time Barbara talked back to teachers, but she surely wasn’t expecting a call at work from the school psychologist, Mrs. Molle, who told her she had just been slapped by the girl during one of their meetings. When she tried to confront Barbara about it at dinner, she only had her sister talking back to her as usual, and, in rage, she ended up putting her own hand in the frying pan by mistake, burning herself. That pain channeled all her pain, and Karen, for the first time since it all began, said it out loud that she couldn’t do everything alone, that she needed her siblings’ help, that she would have wanted her father to be there, that she was scared and sad for what was happening to her mother…but once again, as she started talking about mom, Barbara turned deaf ears, and went out, setting traps on the beach for the giant. Maybe she really was unable to reach her, after all…

Karen Thorson is a very young woman in a very bad situation, forced to grow up before time and to be a mother for her little brother and little sister. Not exactly a good housewife nor a good talker, Karen does her best with what she has, and hopes that all her remarkable efforts eventually lead to something, albeit, with no result to be accounted for, she’s feeling all the pain, the fatigue and the sadness of an impossible condition.

Mrs. Molle

Another character seen in the trailer for I Kill Giants is Mrs. Molle, the school psychologist portrayed by Zoe Saldana. In the comics, Molle is the school counselor who tries to break through Barbara Thorson‘s armor and to make her face her suppressed emotions, but apparently in the movie her role will be quite expanded, as she’ll have a sub-plot involving her husband (not even mentioned in the comics), and she’s seen a lot outside the school, while originally she’s mostly seen in her office, with a couple of exceptions. As usual, watch out for some spoilers following.

Not much is known about Mrs. Molle, not even her first name. Since her title is “mrs.”, we can assume she was married, but she never mentioned her husband. She studied to become a psychologist, and she possibly specialized in childhood, as she was later hired as a school psychologist/councilor in Birch Elementary School, in Long Island, New York. Her job required her to be of assistance to some “peculiar” children within the school, and certainly the most peculiar one of them all was Barbara Thorson, an extremely smart yet aggressive kid with quite some problem in socialization. Mr. Marx, the school principal, hesitated quite a lot before telling Molle to take care of Barbara, and he did that as it became plain that there was no way to get through the girl in a regular way, as she kept talking back to teachers and adults in general, and appeared to be unable to cope with what was happening to her family. Her mother, in fact, was dying for a cancer, and from that moment Barbara had started living in a fantasy world with no connection to the real one. The two didn’t exactly start with the right foot, as Molle had Barbara called to her office while she was in the dining hall with all her schoolmates. This didn’t exactly help her reputation of being a “weirdo”. The meeting itself didn’t go well either: Molle tried to start a casual conversation about food, asking for advises as she was new in town, but only met a wall of silence. The moment she tried to speak about the bag the girl always carried around, Barbara simply got up and went away, calling a “strike one” for the psychologist.

The second meeting between them seemed to start in a better way, with Barbara telling Molle that she had made a new friend, Sophia, who wasn’t even an imaginary one. The moment Molle asked her if she had many friends, Barbara had to admit she had not, but deemed it on not being nice to dumb people, and on most people being dumb. Molle asked her about her family, about her sister Karen and her brother Dave, if they were dumb too…but Barbara called family “strike two territory” and, after eating the paper she was drawing, she left the office, making even the second meeting a total failure. That very day, Barbara came a third time, as she had snapped during the gym class with a teacher, and with some bullies later in the corridors. This conversation, however, went even worse than the ones before: the moment Molle tried to speak directly of Barbara’s mother, the girl angrily slapped the psychologist, and left the room leaving behind only the drawing she had made, with a giant humanoid shadow lumbering over the sea and a writing: “COMING”. Mrs. Molle started to understand what kind of walls and armors the girl had been putting around her, so she warned the family of the incident, namely Barbara’s older sister Karen, but she didn’t tell anything to Mr. Marx, to avoid any kind of disciplinary punishment. For the following meeting, Molle was fully prepared: instead of asking the girl about her family and her real problems, she entered her world and her way of coping with her tragedies, and asked her about giants, who they were, what they wanted, how they could be stopped. Looking at the world the way Barbara did, Molle understood the metaphors and the images the girl hid her traumas behind: finally, she had built a bridge of communication with her.

Mrs. Molle is an intelligent and determined young woman, a child psychologist who is truly devoted to the children she is responsible of. Versatile and smart, she’s able to think out of schemes to try and reach even the most difficult kids, such as Barbara Thorson, walking down a path that leads her far away from manuals, but definitely closer to the children’s hearts and minds.

Sophia

The second character we’re going to see from the upcoming I Kill Giants is Sophia, portrayed by Sydney Wade. In the trailer, she’s the little girl in the yellow raincoat we see speaking with Barbara, and she’s actually the only one who dares to be the protagonist’s friend (in real life, at least). In the comics, she has pretty much the same role, but her relationship with Barbara has some ups and downs. Let’s see together, but once again, mind some spoilers.

We don’t know much about Sophia at all, actually. She was a perfectly normal girl, and, at least for what we know, from a perfectly normal family. When she was ten years old, she and her family moved house, and they arrived in Long Island, New York. Sophia was included in the fifth grade of the local school, Birch Elementary, and as all newcomers, everything was new and strange to her. With no friends in the new environment, Sophia grew close to the one person that everybody else avoided: Barbara Thorson, a weird girl who always wore impossible hats and carried along a tailored purse. From the very first moment the two spoke together, it was clear that Barbara was something else: she drew giants, she read of giants, she spoke of giants, and did not much else in general. Despite this, she really liked the girl, and she decided to be her friend. Barbara was quite thrilled to have her, since Sophia was the first friend she had in quite a long time. Barbara showed Sophia much of her secret world, including the many traps she had buried on the beach to prepare for the arrival of a particularly evil giant. Along with this, however, she also entered in the worst parts of Barbara’s world, as, since the bully Taylor and her friends saw her in company of the weirdo, they started tormenting Sophia as well.

Bullies didn’t worry Sophia much, especially after seeing Barbara in action against them: for being such a skinny and small girl, she was incredibly proficient in dealing with a huge girl like Taylor. Barbara, in fact, didn’t seem to be scared of anyone: she even offended Miss Lakey, the gymnastics teacher, as the woman tried to look into her purse after Sophia inadvertently said it was named “Copelski” as a baseball player, after Barbara had just declared that she didn’t like baseball at all. Believing she had been the cause of yet another suspension for her friend, Sophia tried to amend, and even sent her a note, asking her whether they were still friends or not. As much as she was prepared for Taylor, however, Sophia wasn’t prepared at all for Barbara herself: one day, as the bully tormented her, Barbara reacted violently, even more than usual, and Sophia tried to separate them. This didn’t turn out to be a great idea, as Barbara, in the middle of the fight, reacted instinctively, and punched her in the face. Hurt and scared, Sophia ran away. That punch was much to process for a young girl, and Sophia simply wasn’t ready to move over: the following days she tried to avoid Barbara, and everyone noticed it…including Taylor. The bully approached Sophia in the bathroom, and offered her a deal: she would have told her a secret about Barbara if she told her one too. Distrustful, Sophia was quite shocked in learning from her that Barbara’s mother was dying of cancer, something that could actually explain much of her weirdness. Now, however, she owed one to Taylor, so she told her about the traps on the seaside…hoping that her friend would have forgiven her this betrayal.

Sophia is a cheerful and happy ten-years old girl, always happy to meet new people and to make friends. Despite their personalities are quite different one from the other, Sophia is Barbara’s best friend, and she demonstrates quite a tenacity in being by her side even when it’s definitely not easy to. The yin to Barbara’s yang, Sophia is the one tiny bridge that connects the Giant Slayer to the real world.

Barbara Thorson

Surely we’re not lacking comicbook adaptations lately. This year we will also have I Kill Giants, a movie based on the beautiful limited series by Joe Kelly, drawn manga-style by J. M. Ken Nimura. The protagonist is Barbara Thorson, portrayed by Madison Wolfe, a little girl who’s convinced that giants, monsters and fairies do exist, and that she’s protecting her house from an incoming attack. The movie version of the character looks definitely older than her comicbook counterpart, and judging from the first trailer the story doesn’t follow precisely the comics, but the main part seems to be there, and that’s not a bad thing at all. Read the following at your own peril, as there are mild spoilers on the story.

Barbara Thorson was born in a perfectly normal family in Long Island, New York. She lived in her house by the sea with her parents, with her older sister Karen, and with her older brother Dave. Her world was a simple one: she attended Birch Elementary School, she was a smart student and a bit of a loner, she spent her time playing Dungeons & Dragons with Dave and his friends, and always was the Dungeon Master due to her intelligence, her boundless fantasy and her sharp sense of humor. She was also taught a lot about baseball by Dave, a huge fan of the Philadelphia Phillies. Then, her entire world crumbled down. Her mother got cancer, and when it became terminal, her father simply walked away, abandoning his family. Karen did her best to take care of the entire family by herself, but of course she had limits. On her part, Barbara locked herself away in a fantasy world, one inhabited by fairies and pixies…and giants, of course. She learnt everything about giants and their different kinds: she knew the Swamp Giants, that killed an entire village and replaced its inhabitants with rag dolls, the singing Mountain Giants, that bathed in the blood of children, the Frost Giants, that ate human kidneys using them as garnish on reindeer meat. And, of course, she knew Titans, ancient horrors that the world itself trembled upon, unstoppable monsters who always got what they wanted and destroyed anything in their wake, abominations so terrible that history itself refused to record them…horrors like the one that was killing her mother. Barbara’s way to cope (or not to cope) with her mother’s illness was the one of turning everything into a fable, one she was the heroine of: she was the only one who knew about giants, the one who could see them, the one who would have protected her family from them.

Barbara didn’t enter her mother’s room again, seeing her as some sort of Ghoul who was already corrupted and in need of saving, a saving that would have come only with the death of the giant coming for her. She started studying everything she could find on giants (that is: reading a lot of fantasy and epic books, even and especially during class at school), and she trained herself to be the perfect Giant Slayer. She even found a mystic weapon to accompany her into her quest: a magic war hammer that imbued the power of thunder and lightning, and that she always kept by her side in a purse she personally tailored. She named her hammer (every hero’s weapon needs a name) Coveleski, after Harry Coveleski, the rookie that defeated the New York Giants three times, and was therefore nicknamed The Giant Killer. Everything was ready for her personal war against giants…but the world around her kept spinning, and she wasn’t making it any easier for anybody, first and foremost her sister Karen, who had more and more difficulties in dealing with her. Extremely smart and not the least impressed by authority, she always talked back to her teachers when scolded, and this made her end up in the principal’s office nearly on a daily basis, with Mr. Marx, the headmaster, first admonishing her, then punishing her as Barbara talked back to him too. Plus, she lost all her friends, as everybody saw her as a weirdo, with all those heavy books always around, her crazy talks about giants and titans, and her way to speak with adults. One girl in particular, the brutish Taylor, elected herself to be Barbara’s personal bully, and she always tried to break her smirk with her punches, finding in her a tougher opponent than she expected from such a scrawny girl. Everybody, understandably, got worried for Barbara’s situation, and it didn’t pass much time before Marx suggested the intervention of the school’s psychologist, Mrs. Molle…but Barbara Thorson had more important things to do: the signs were pointing to an imminent arrival of a giant like no others, and she had to be prepared for the battle ahead.

Barbara Thorson is a brave warrior, molded by battles and conflicts, the solitary hero in a war nobody even knows is occurring. She’s trained to perfection in battle, and she wields a magic hammer, Coveleski, that grants her the enormous power of the raging storm in dealing with her enemies. This is, however, the self-depiction of Barbara, who’s actually a highly intelligent but scared girl, who lost herself in her fantasy world, unable to cope with a cancer that’s slowly killing her mother and destroying her world. A ten-years old girl who already suffered much for her age, Barbara may in her mind be a Giant Slayer, but she’s just a misanthropic, lonely and aggressive kid who invented a world in which she could actually do something to affect a situation she has absolutely no control over.

Maximilian Steven Percival Williams III (Twitch)

The last character from Levi‘s first request is another remarkable cameo from the Spawn movie: Twitch Williams, obviously appearing partnered with Sam Burke at the end of the film. In the movie, Twitch is spotted only at the end while arresting Jason Wynn, but it’s been quite a while that we hear rumors revolving around a possible movie on him and his partner, and even of a Sam & Twitch procedural series signed by Kevin Smith. We’re still waiting, but we have time in the meanwhile to take a look at the original guy from the comics.

Maximilian Steven Percival Williams III was born in an aristocratic family, a wealthy high-society house in which the males (including Max’s brothers and father) had a long tradition of being honored and decorated police officers. More than a man of action, however, Max always demonstrated to be a math genius, and at high school he impressed his teachers with his facility at calculations…and gaining in result the contempt of his schoolmates, who started naming him “Twitch”. Unavoidably, Max joined the NYPD after school, where he put at use his great talent with trigonometry while practicing with his gun: able to calculate to a detail any possible angle, he became an extremely skilled shooter, a marksman who never missed with both his hands. Thanks to this, he was even able to claim for himself the cruel nickname “Twitch”, stating they called him that because he never, ever twitched with a gun in his hand. He got married to a beautiful woman named Helen, and he had seven children from her (we only know the name of four of them: Max IV, Lauren, Margie and Lily), but their relationship crumbled the moment it became clear that his commitment to his job was far greater than his commitment to his family. Helen even won the custody of their children, putting quite an emotional strain on the cop. Lt. Williams, however, had found a new family, a brother, in his partner, Sam Burke, whom he called “sir” out of sheer respect. As different from him as Sam was, they shared one fundamental trait: they were honest to a fault, and it hurt hem deeply to see their beloved NYPD in the hands of crooked officers who soiled the very meaning of wearing a uniform.

Opposed by their corrupt colleagues, Twitch and Sam earned the people’s respect only with their skill and honesty, and they solved not many cases, but tricky ones, the ones that their direct superior, Chief Louis Banks, allowed them to undertake. One of said cases revolved around several murdered and raped children, a case that thanks to Twitch’s intuition led to the arrest of serial pedophile Billy Kincaid. The two detectives couldn’t even enjoy their greatest success, though, as some time after Kincaid was released by the institute he had been locked in, as the doctors claimed he had been cured. The pair decided to follow Kincaid to make sure he didn’t harm any kid, but some red-caped man broke into the pedophile’s house, and later that very night he delivered the murderer’s tortured corpse to the detectives’ office…thus having all the suspects converge on Twitch and Sam, who were put on probation. Eager to clean their otherwise spotless name, the duo started investigating on the red-caped vigilante, and thanks to a bum they “encouraged to cooperate” in the Bowery Alleyways they found him in an abandoned warehouse…just as he had been attacked by a cyborg, OvertKill. Looking at the cyborg beating the vigilante, Spawn, Twitch realized he was facing a bulletproof enemy…but this didn’t discouraged him: with a single, precise shot, he put a bullet through OvertKill’s ear canal, scrambling the hitman’s memory and programming, and saving his suspect. Spawn, however, fled immediately after, leaving the detectives with nothing to work on. Soon after, however, the NYPD formed a task force to face the rising number of paranormal crimes happening in the city, and Twitch and Sam were paired with John Sansker, an outside expert…one that Twitch wasn’t the least convinced in, and who, as he found out, hid quite a dark secret…

Twitch Williams is a brilliant but somewhat naive man, a genius when it comes to numbers and to solving crimes, but quite unable to believe in the harsh truth behind many of the human relations he has to deal with. Despite his skinny and small physique, he’s quite able to take care of himself, being an infallible marksman who can hit any target from any distance, even with two guns at the same time; he’s also a brilliant detective able to put pieces together to solve a number of “impossible” cases; his only superhuman power is a psychic link he shares with Spawn as his accolade. Mild-mannered and soft-spoken, Twitch Williams is actually a passionate cop, a detective who truly believes in his job, and who’s deeply committed in erasing corruption from the NYPD to make it become what it’s supposed to be in the first place, what he desperately wants it to be.