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 cybornetic 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 ballons. A little girl is in her bed, when she’s about to get a attacked by some kind of evil pokeman 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 stories 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.
I’ll grade this book: B
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