A flimsy but mostly worthwhile attempt to capture a sophistication worthy of adult attention, 'The Anthology Project' offers a mix of solidly crafted strips and prose with off-beat appeal, but little resonance.
'Mr Smith' by Bonney and McColm, and 'The Dream Of Lazarus' by McColm, provide some effective sequential moments and a 'voice' which engages my adult ear. The former concerns a Green Mile-like incarceration; the latter a character-motivated study of an abyss-gazing ex-cop, past his prime. Equally beyond his 'best before date' is the elderly protagonist of Bonney's short story 'Tomorrow'- an uneventful piece with a first person narrative which, for the duration of the read, successfully made this reader experience what it is to exist without sense of anticipation. 'Nemesis' and 'The Experiment', again by Bonney, are photo-aided presentations of mercifully brief texts that are laboriously earnest and wannabe-worthy. And 'To End All Wars' by Bonney, with art by Walker, is a predictable, humdrum tale of a war casualty 'recovering' in hospital-with-a-twist.
Technically sound throughout, with thematically symbiotic contents, 'The Anthology Project' may lack the complexity and subtlety of subtext to satisfy a mature readership, but certainly offers enough to seduce the average small press enthusiast.
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