Edited by Glenn Moane and Magnus Aspli
Cover by Silvia Carnis
Published by Outre Press: www.outrepress.com
This is the fifth volume of the excellent anthology from Scandinavia and the desires covered in its theme are many, it be a desire to smoke, become a new and attractive 21st Century man; or just plain get jiggy. This comic, which includes the work of numerous British creators, reaches to each corner of this subject.
Dying for a Smoke
By Mick Schubert, Mike Century and Josh Jensen
Story one in this collection heads into orbit and an astronaut floating through space, but still dying to smoke a cigarette. As he floats alone, his mind skips through his life and he reminisces about moments experienced and missed.
A poignant and dream like story that looks gorgeous. The art has that realistic touch that reminded me of The Chimpanzee Complex from Cinebook.
Created by Derek Adnams, Adam Bryce Thomas and Brandon Bullock
This story takes a whole new stance on desire and focuses on the needs of a Techno Priest / Warrior style character. It mixes gore and mystical tripiness with some highly detailed Jodorowsky storytelling and Incal light artwork.
The action plays in contrast to the introspective narration. It is incredible violent with monsters, disembowelments, magic and swinging swords. This mingles with the slow autobiographical panels in a really interesting way. Superb stuff. The visuals have really inventive moments and it pulls off a small peek into a moment of action really intriguingly.
Created by Jonathan Clode, Bern Campbell and April Brown
A timid and hen-pecked office worker gets bashed up verbally, spiritually and physically at work and at home and decides to do some makeshift plastic surgery. Giving himself a staple induced make-over, he sets out to impress the world with rather unexpected and blood soaked results.
This is a crazy story with cartoon-like Ren and Stimpy style action (with the obviously added and detached bodily parts and sleazy undertones). It’s a shock to the system after the first couple of more (shall we say) deeper storylines. It’s no less successful and great Avatar Comics style comics fun.
What the Heart Wants
Created by Glenn Matchett, Alena Lane and E.T. Dollman
A spoilt medieval Prince cooks up a kooky plan to win the object of his desires. After fake fighting a monster and triumphing against a witch, he ends up with the object of his desire (see what I did there), only to discover that the grass is often greener on the other side of the palace.
This story is gorgeously crafted and has a Fables/Jack of Fables vibe to its story style and linework. It occurred to me that these interiors are of the sort of quality that you only wished were inside a Zenoscope comic. Rich, winkingly knowing and great fun.
Another great anthology that plays superbly on its wide-ranging themes of Desire. You can find a copy at www.outrepress.com
Many thanks for reading.