Published on November 1st, 2013 | by Richard Boom
Review: A1 Annual: The World’s Best Comics HC One-shot
Island in the Sky – written by JOE SIMON, penciled by JACK KIRBY and inked by AL WILLIAMSON.
Tales of Old Fennario – written and drawn by SANDY PLUNKETT
Terror of the Lesbian Nudist Colony – written by SCOTT HAMPTON and MARK KNEECE and illustrated by SCOTT HAMPTON
The Riddle of the Recalcitrant Refuse – written by ALAN MOORE and illustrated by MICHAEL T. GILBERT with WILLIAM LOEBS and DARCY & KEVIN HORN.
Emily Almost – written and drawn by BILL SIENKIEWICZ
A Question of Priorities – written by DAVE ELLIOTT, drawn by TOBY CYPRESS and color by SAKTI YUWONO
Solid Gold Death Mask – written and drawn by RUFUS DAYGLO
The Boston Metaphysical Society – written by MADELEINE HOLLY-ROSING and illustrated by EMILY HU
The Odd Ball – written with layouts and color by NORMAN FELCHE and illustrated by ALEX SHEIKMAN.
Where The Gods Are – written and illustrated by MARK A. NELSON.
Origin of Evil – written by DAVE ELLIOTT and illustrated by BARNABY BAGENDA and JESSICA KHOLINNE
Raging Rod – written and drawn by DAVE JOHNSON
Little Star – written and illustrated by DOMINIC REGAN
Reviewing this book feels impossible due to the myriad of artists, genres and writers involved so I have to tell you about my own experience.
As with all the anthologies out there, you have to experience all of the stories and then decide which one is for you and which one is just plainly not. For me the highlight was the 33-pager ‘Tales of Old Fennario’ which led me back to the Creepy and Eerie or the Marvel Epic feel storywise. The art was black&white, lush and it had this mixture of almost-fantasy mixed with a form of mysticism and plain old crime-noir. Artist Sandy Plunkett surprised me immensely!
The other stories shine as well with their own momentum, from old-skool scifi with Jack Kirby to something totally off but THAT more interesting about Lesbian Nude Colonists. Some stuff is outrageous and others are downright hit-miss but the overall feeling is that this giant A1 Annual Anthology HC book is more then worth the 23 bucks!
Step in and choose your favorite artist/writer/creator and just dive in head first and do let me know what you thought of it!!
A1 Annual: The World’s Best Comics HC One-shot
Edited by Dave Elliott
Published by Atomeka/Titan Comics
Writers: RON MARZ, MATT WAGNER, DAVE JOHNSON, DAVE ELLIOTT, TOM RANEY, RUFUS DAYGLO, ANDY KUHN, DAVE DORMAN, MARK A. NELSON, W. H. RAUF AND MORE…
Artists: JIM STERANKO, DAVE WILKINS, SAMI BASRI, ALEX HORLEY, TOM RANEY, BRIAN SMITH, D’ISRAELI, GARRIE GASTONNY, MARK A. NELSON, STANLEY ARTGERM LAU, GARRY LEACH, DAVE JOHNSON, BARNABY BAGENDA, SAKTI YUWONO, DAVE DORMAN, STEVE WHITE, ANDY KUHN, KAI LIM, PHILIP TAN, RHOALD MARCELLIUS, MICHAEL T. GILBERT, SUNNY GHO, DOUG BRAITHWAITE AND MORE…