I have written before about my love for comic-book anthologies and this is the newest one that I have discovered. This book has short stories by different creative teams in it.
The book opens with the cover-story, PLATYPUS VS. MONKEY
by Mark Stancil, Wilfredo Torress & Brian Hardison. It’s 18 pages long, and tells the story of a 3-foot talking platypus (we never get his name), with a mysterious past, who has to save the city from a cybernetic communist monkey from space, who wants to claim the USA for the former Soviet Union. He gets some help from a woman named Jo, though we don’t get any background on her either. She’s dressed in casual clothes but has a gun, so I assume that she’s a cop, or Private Investigator, such as the platypus appears to be. It’s a bit strange but fun, and I love the slightly cartoonish artwork.
AMBER FOX: DEAD AIM
Is a 9-page story by Nate Hill & Deleon Walters, which features the woman who is sort of a cross between Indiana Jones and Lara Croft, against a horde of zombie-like creatures. Good action story.
DADDY’S LITTLE GIRL
IS a 12-page story by Robert Jeffrey II & Brian Bagley. A man picks up a young female hitchhiker, who turns out to be much more than she appears to be. I can’t say anymore, or else I would spoil the whole thing, but let’s just say she has a “mixed background.” This is a horror story, and easily my favorite story in this issue. Although the art is a little amateurish & could have been better, in my opinion. But the story totally makes up for it.
And then it ends with PEEK-A-BOO, a 3-page story by Vince Sunico. I wasn’t quite sure what to make of this one. It’s a silent story. No captions or word balloons. A little girl is in her bed, when she’s about to get attacked by some kind of evil pokemon creature, but then she’s saved by actor David Caruso.
All in all, this is a good issue, with a nice mix of action, sci-fi and horror. And although each story stands alone, it seems clear to me that the first 3 stories are meant to be a part of a continuing adventure. I don’t know if that is part of the plan, but I would be interested in seeing these characters again.