Wednesday, 4 September 2013

A1 Anthology Issue 4 Review

Review By Patrick Challis

Written By Dave Eilliot and W.H. Rauf
Art By Barnaby Bagenda, Sakti Yuwono, Jessica Kholinne, Garrie Gastonny and Rhoald Marcelius

Published By Titan Comics

Genre
Fantasy, Adventure, Anthology

Synopsis

WEIRDING WILLOWS:

There's a dinosaur from Hollow Earth loose in the Weir and she's eating Farmer McGregor's sheep! Can Alice and Frankenstein's Monster stop her – before McGregor puts down this purple T-rex for good?!

ODYSSEY:

What do you get when you cross soldiers, superheroes, supervillains with a truckload of guns, in a children's hospital in Iraq?! This month’s ODYSSEY, that’s what!

CARPEDIEM: NINE IRON

Grab your woods and irons, and join the CarpeDIEm agents as they battle a haunted putt-putt golf arena – where deadly surprises wait in every hole!

Review

I've always found anthology comics to be quite hit and miss and therefore, I'm not that big a fan of them.  I've read some absolutely fantastic fans and I've read some awful ones but which one would this new release from Titan Comics come under?

Well, to be honest, it falls under the hit and miss category.

While the stories aren't awful, they're not mind blowing either.  They're good, don't get me wrong on that count, it's just that none of them really had the wow factor for me as the reader.

The best of the stories for me was definitely the very off kilter yet funny CarpeDIEm: Nine Iron adventure.  It just seemed so out of left field storyline wise yet it works very well.  The art is superb and really fits the general fun yet exciting nature of the story to a tee.

Art wise, the issue looks fantastic.  I loved the varying styles throughout the issue and that really added a hook for me as a reader.  While the stories themselves weren't amazing, the art is what really sold the issue to me.

All in all, this release suffers a problem that plagues most anthologies in that the stories can be hit and miss.  However, the great art more than makes up for that.  Not an essential purchase but still worth getting a sneaky peek at if you can.

Story 3/5
Art 4/5
Overall 7/10

'A1 Anthology: Issue 4' is available to buy from September 11th with THREE variant covers to choose from!

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