The GeeksverseAnti #1

Anti #1
Published on Wednesday, August 8, 2012 by

Gale Anne Hurd, producer of The Walking Dead, creates a story for 12-Gauge Comics.

Published by: 12-Gauge Comics
Written by: Peter Calloway
Art by: Daniel Hillyard
Colored by: Charlie Kirchoff
Lettered by: Ed Dukeshire
Cover by: Brian Stelfreze
Editor: Keven Gardner

Anti opens strong, ends strong and gets weaker in the middle. Not weaker as in poorer, but weaker as in muddled.

The opening is very strong, as we see a female warrior (for lack of a better word) attack a cop in a motel room. Except he’s not really a cop. Or that’s what we’re meant to believe. There’s only one panel to show that he’s not. So right away we’re left questioning Jordan’s methods. And what she does in the middle? That makes us question her even more.

Calloway does a good job of setting up a hidden conflict between these demons that call themselves rebels and Jordan, who is Marked. We don’t know the full story yet but we don’t need to. He sets it up so that both sides might be right and both might be wrong. Jordan goes to extremes and in a way that makes her seem bad. And Balon, is what he says about being a rebel freedom fighter true?

Jordan’s last line is not something you would expect from her, it’s not something that you’d ever see Wolverine utter. What she says really helps open up her character. She’s driven but vunerable and invincible. It’s Zachary that’s the big question mark of the issue and we get very little on him. He’s from the pit like the other demons, but different.

The middle only falls apart because it’s a bit muddled and hard to follow. The sequence at the storage facility is confusing. Hard to tell if the breakdown is in the art or script. Either way though the rest of the issue is very solid and definately worth picking up for the price. Can’t go wrong for a buck.

Hillyard’s got a nice style. It starts off with a heavy Stelfreze influence, the hard and heavy lines, but gets softer the further into the issue. There’s some layout issues here and there, but nothing really bad except for the middle part. Overall Hillyard’s work is very solid.

Anti #1 receives
4 out of 5

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