Years spent in the making, Anomaly is a marvel of the graphic novel genre from Skip Brittenham and Brian Haberlin, using a combination of giant, vibrant pages bursting with detail and color, a riveting storyline, multiple fold out sections showing actions scenes and magnificent tableaux. And there’s even a smartphone or tablet app to heighten the experience.
The year is the distant future, 3717. Our world has taken to the stars and conquered them. All nations, corporations and technologies have coalescent into an entity known as the CONGLOMERATE, which uses Enforcer Battalions to conquer alien races and planets to reap their wealth. Jon has been discharged from the elite Enforcer Corps and jumps at the chance to be part of a first contact mission, along with Samantha, Jasson and others. But on the planet of Anomaly everything can and does go wrong, stranding the group there. They find themselves in the midst of a great war between good and evil.
The artwork is breathtaking, the color and detail engrossing, the design and actions scenes pull you in and never let you go. The slightly weak point is the storyline, which becomes somewhat predictable. But there is still a great big cast of interesting characters, albeit with stereotypical diversity.
Readers also get the opportunity to use the app on their smartphone or tablet that is used to scan certain pages during the reading of Anomaly and pops up a 3D image of the scene of a creature or character, showing them acting and reacting. They can be poked and prodded like the seemingly holo-specimens they are, as well as opening up info files on them. It’s a fun experience that really feels like something out of science fiction. Overall, Anomaly is well worth the read; a most enjoyable experience, and one not soon to be forgotten.
Originally written on February 11, 2013 ©Alex C. Telander.
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