Issue Number: #2 (OF 6)
Page Count: 32pp
Full Color, B&W, or partial color: FC
Publisher: Titan Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 10, 2013
Writer(s): Dave Elliot, W.H. Rauf
Artist Name(s): Barnaby Bagenda, Sami Basri, Sakti Yuwono, Jessica Kholinne, Garrie Gastony, Rhoald Marcelius
The award winning anthology A1 continues this week with another jammed packed issue, and three possible covers. First up is the Weirding Willows where the Wicked Witch of the West, Ms. Marche, has just placed an order for an army of flying monkeys with Dr. Moreau. Someone suspiciously looking like Tarzan (or Mowgli because he does call the bear Baloo) interrupts the proceedings and reveals his secret, he can talk to animals too. Our heroine, Alice (Dr. Moreau’s intrepid daughter) is off on a quest deeper into the forest with our favorite rabbits and runs head on into an ominous creature that does not look pleased at all.
We move straight into Carpe Diem as Sir 8th Day is running for his life from a bunch of crazy looking clowns. Sir Monday comes into save the day, but his rescue attempt is stopped dead in it’s tracks and it’s up to the rest of the team to provide backup. Turns out that the evil Clown Nazi commanding the army has a huge grudge against Sir 8th Day that has been brewing since prep school. I guess some clowns never learn to let go of their grudges. However, this clown had it coming, and Sir 8th Day is about to serve it up again.
Then we have Odyssey. This story gets even more confusing and weirdly like a Captain America rip-off that threatens to drag the entire anthology down. There are so many layers yet to discover, but they are unraveling so slowly for an anthology of this nature. The artwork is it’s only saving grace as it is technically better than the art work in Weirding Willows, and certainly on par with the high color splash that is Carpe Diem.
Overall, A1 is a good read and definitely worth it when you get three developing stories for the price of one. It is necessary to give Odyssey a chance as we continue through this series of six issues, but Weirding Willows and Carpe Diem more than make up for it.