The desert above Los Angeles is a harsh, unforgiving place. The heat does something to people’s brains — or so thinks Lieutenant Ron Pinkerton, who is investigating a series of shockingly violent crimes perpetrated by the most unlikely suspects.
Meanwhile, just a few miles away, astrophysicists at the Mount Wilson Observatory are grappling with another kind of threat — one that threatens to extinguish humanity in the time it takes for your eye to TWITCH…
DIAMOND ITEM CODE: OCT181909
Astrophysicist Marisa Stringfellow broke out of the observatory thinking she’d be able stop an alien entity on the rampage in the Antelope Valley desert. Lieutenant Pinkerton, meanwhile, thinks Stringfellow may be suffering from heatstroke. “How can you tell they’re aliens?”
“Because right before they kill you,” Stringfellow replies, “they’ll start to TWITCH…”
DIAMOND ITEM CODE: NOV181980
An alien entity is slowly gathering material to build a hive mind — and your brain is on its wish list! It’s up to the unlikely duo of an astrophysicist and an L.A. county sheriff to save humanity, one bullet at a time.
But it’s tough to aim straight when you can see dead people shambling toward you, and the end of the world just over the horizon, and your eyes begin to TWITCH…
DIAMOND ITEM CODE: DEC182054
One minute, you’re knocking back a beer late at night, just trying to unwind after a tough day at work. The next minute, you’re blind and handcuffed speeding through the desert while random people are shooting at you. But maybe you deserve it, because you tried to kill your wife and colleague just a few hours ago…
That’s right, baby — you’re part of the hive now, and you just found out how everything you know and love can disappear with a single TWITCH…
DIAMOND ITEM CODE: JAN192101
It all ends here… no, like, for real. The end of humanity as we know it. It begins in the Antelope Valley, and will soon spread into Los Angeles, from there… the rest of the planet.
Unless an ex-cop who hasn’t fired a gun in 15 years can muster up the strength to step into the most dangerous place on Earth, facing the most hideous creatures imaginable, lining up a desperate long shot — praying her hand doesn’t TWITCH…
DIAMOND ITEM CODE: FEB191979
Twitch Trade Paperback
August 1977. Astronomers detect the so-called “WOW” signal: a burst of sound from deep space, near the constellation Sagittarius. The signal is believed to be extraterrestrial in origin. The next month, the astronomers send a reply. Boy, is that a huge mistake. Because more than four decades later, the alien intelligence has sent an invasion force of exactly one photon—and it’s the kind of microscopic threat we could have never seen coming…
In a desert town one hour north of L.A., Lieutenant Ron Pinkerton watches in horror as law-abiding citizens begin to lose their minds—and the laws of gravity. And then astrophysicist Marisa Stringfellow appears, telling Pinkerton the craziest thing he’s ever heard: an alien entity is taking over minds one by one and using their hijacked bodies to create as much mayhem as (in)humanly possible. The tell-tale sign: a violent twitch that means: goodbye, nervous system. And now humanity’s last chance lies in the hands of hardboiled cop and a heartbroken scientist… that is, until one of them begins to twitch.
TWITCH is the fourth entry in the monthly anthology series, John Carpenter’s Tales of Science Fiction. Written by Duane Swierczynski (Fun and Games, Judge Dredd, JC’s Tales for a HalloweeNight) with art by Richard P. Clark (JC’s Tales for a HalloweeNight, Marvel, DC) and covers by Tim Bradstreet, this collection includes all five issues, plus all ten covers and variants, along with bonus art pages.
DIAMOND ITEM CODE: JUL192208