You would think that as we at FQP put out anthologies I’d be against reading one from another team, but you’d be wrong. Amazing & Fantastic #03 is a well put together title (as you would expect from the ever capable Jim Campbell) and boasts a very talented roster of creators, headed by Jim Alexander.
The comic itself is 24 pages and there are 6 tales in the book. There are strips and text stories, serials and stand-alones. The title doesn’t have a ‘hook’ that ties each story to a theme and so the comic is free to tell any story it likes.
There are scheduled to be 5 issues in the run, so this is technically the halfway mark for the serials.
A panel from: The Bounty Hunter By Luke Cooper
I don’t want this to be the type of review where each of the stories gets a little bit of comment, as I find that to be damaging to the book as a whole. You are, after all buying a collection- singling out any of the works could be seen as dismissing the works of many other individuals.
My thoughts on the issue as a whole are that the book has a nice balance, however a ‘previously’ box would be welcome for the serials to help get up to speed. There is some lovely writing on show here, accompanied by some precise, clear storytelling and beautiful images. Elinor Winter, as editor has put a lot of thought into how this collection needs to function. I'm already wondering the series will be collected into a trade.
As always, feel free to contact Jim directly for a copy of the book- it is a mere £2.95 for a copy via firstname.lastname@example.org presumably the first two issues are still available as well.