Review: Comichaus #1

Anthologies are great showcases for artists/writers to show off their work, especially when they are starting off. What one finds in these collections, are sometimes duds, and sometimes gems. When it comes to book anthologies, depending on the editor, you might try to slog through a few, to get to a good one, and sometimes you don’t have too deep into, as sometimes these anthologies are nothing but gems. In the comics real, the same issue exists, as the editor dictates the tone and quality of the project.

So, when I heard about the new indie publisher out of the UK, Comic Haus, I was a little bit excited, because when I usually think anthology comics from that part of the world, 2000 AD usually comes to mind. I was more than to excited to finally read their first publication, which more than surprised me. In the first story, “Beyond Forth” we meet Karyn Shade, a loner at first, who gets stranded when her car gets a flat in a town called Forth, where there is more than what seems to be a sleepy town. In the second story entitled “Feather,” we are introduced to a dystopian world, where a new strain of the bird flu, has disrupted civilization, and the reader gets to see firsthand how it changes one man’s life forever.

In “Suited and Booted”, the theory of life on Mars is played to horrific results, where humans are invaded by faceless villains known as the Breakers. In “The Troubleshooters”, we ae introduced to a neo-western world , where some rough riders , ride on dragons instead of horses,  and find a mysterious named New Port. In “Mortality Part One”, we meet a man in search of his daughter, who gets into a car crash, where the bookkeeper of the Grim Reaper finds, and who he kills anyway. In “Mum & Dad”, a seemingly normal tale of a child eavesdropping on his parents takes a horrid turn, which the reader cannot unseen.

Overall, a great book which covers many genres and yet becomes stronger because of the diversity of the storytelling. The stories in this anthology, are all masterfully told as each story gives a new meaning to “cliffhanger”. The art in this anthology, is simply beautiful, as I never thought I would enjoy black and white comics as much as I do here. Altogether, a great book, which will keep this reviewer enthralled until the next issue.

Story: James McCulloch, Dave Cook, Jon Laight, Aaron Walther, Luke Cooper, Tom Ward
Art: Jessica L. Byrne, Norrie Millar, Ed Bickford, Luke Cooper, Iain Laurie, Colin Bell
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy