Review By Patrick Challis
O. Pelaez (Gallery)
Andy Forber (Gallery)
Thomas Loftus (Gallery)
Gary Crutchley (Gallery)
Mo Ali (Gallery)
Andy Bloor (Gallery)
Becky Bagley (Gallery)
Steve Howard (Gallery)
Shane Oakley (Gallery)
Moe Murdock (Gallery)
Jemma West (Inner Art)
Anthology, Science Fiction, Drama
These are stories composed with a delicate and heartfelt touch. Stories that ask you not to run through the gamut of emotions; rather glide and gently side step.
Dave West and Steve Holder tell tales of men and robots and what it is that makes them tick - literally and otherwise.
And they do it so very well. Harmoniously. Like a seasoned double act.
Accent UK and in particular, Dave West, are fast becoming two of the best things in the independent comic scene with their quality releases that just seem to get better and better with each new one.
It's the same with this superb anthology. Here we have a whole motley crew of stories featuring robots and to some, that may seem like a bit of overkill but here, the stories are so vastly different that you aren't even given the remotest bit of time to get bored or bogged down by any of them.
The stories themselves range from cartoon style comedy to heartbreaking drama to adventure and everything in between. It honestly felt like I was reading stories by loads of different writers and not just one. That's one of the big strengths that Dave West has. The guy really seems at home in pretty much any type or genre of story and that shows beautifully here.
Normally with an anthology, there are stories that really stick out like a sore thumb or there are one or two that don't match up to the quality of the others but that is most definitely not the case here. As soon as I had finished reading the book, I flicked back to the beginning page and read them again. The best way to describe how I felt about this release is that while reading it I was hooked on the stories, I laughed and even had some tears at a couple of the stories. It's a real cliche but this book is an emotional roller coaster for the reader in that there is not only a story for everyone but also an emotion too.
There is some absolutely fantastic art here by the insanely talented Steve Holder, who does the majority of the art here with some of the stories being illustrated by Dave West as well. Holder really is the art equivalent of West in that he seems at home doing art for pretty much any type of story and still make that tale come to life.
I know I've said it before in this review but this anthology from Accent UK really does have something for everyone. There's drama, comedy, action, old school style science fiction and even a couple of stories that I have read to my little lad. What more could you want from an anthology?