I've been on the fence with the plot development in They're Not Like Us for a few issues. After reading issue #11, I sensed a glimmer of hope. What was once a dry storyline showed a spark that I hoped would turn into something brighter. From Image Comics, written by Eric Stephenson, with art by Simon Gane, They're Not Like Us #12 is an overall better reading experience than we've seen in the past few issues.
I had almost given up on the series for good. The early issues of They're Not Like Us were so intense and emotional, I wanted to feel that again. I suppose it's because early on the plot was based more so on the characters. We were getting to know them, discovering their flaws, and quickly became emotionally invested in their safety. After all, The Voice never appeared to really be completely sane. His mission had it's red flags.
As the plot unfolded, the story shifted from character development to more of a story driven energy. With that, came a loss of interest for me and some other readers that I've talked to. With all that said, it looks like that might just come to an end with this issue. The investigation continues with the cops looking into Syd and her disappearance, which is a plot point that I think can restore interest for readers that may have fallen off the bandwagon already. Besides that, Syd gets some of her spunk back. There's a lot of conflict, high-energy moments, and a bit of comic relief that was pretty memorable for me. All in all, I'm happy with the issue, and I'm very happy with the last few panels. It reminded me of why I started reading the comic in the first place, and restored my interest. I'll keep my fingers crossed that it keeps moving in a better direction.