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Review: Anti #1

Anti #1

The newest Terminator movie was a nice bookend for a journey which started almost 35 years ago. It ended a journey while maybe jumpstarting a new franchise, one guided by the original architect, James Cameron. What I took from the movie is how at the core of the story was heart and the greater good. The story of how one person can change humanity is immense and how our very survival depends on this one human being.

The story, though not original in the formula, is very much different in execution. Each iteration of the franchise, though distinct in reception and quality, still had what made the story so magnetic, the need to save the world. Who can’t root for the reluctant hero, one who eventually accepts their journey? In Peter Calloway’s Anti, we find a hero much like Sarah Connor, whose destiny is more complicated than they would ever know.

We’re taken to a motel where we meet a demon hunter by the name of Jordan, who has taken out several demons posing as humans. We also meet Zachary, a man who feels life has let him down, and that he is cursed in the process. Suddenly his life turns upside down when Jordan finds him hunted down by an army of demons, as she has questions as to why and he has questions of why all of a sudden everyone is interested in him. By issue’s end, just when he looks like he has met his fate, is when he finds out just what powers lie within him, which comes as no surprise to Jordan and the demons.

Overall, an excellent first issue to a story that feels like a powder keg looking to blow wide open. The story by Calloway is intense and well characterized. The art by the creative team is beautiful. Altogether, an excellent story that gives a whole new take on the savior genre.

Story: Peter Calloway
Art: Daniel Hillyard, Charlie Kirchoff,
and Brian Stelfreeze
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review – Anti #2

12 Gauge Comics’ Anti is one of the newest series from Gale Anne Hurd. Anti #2, written by Peter Calloway and art by Daniel Hillyard. The second issue picks up right where the first left off. Zachary is an expert at running from his past, but the future is his biggest problem now—even if he doesn’t know it yet. While his new powers continue to manifest, demon-hunter Jordan has no choice but to form an alliance with Zachary, or risk certain death. And while their relationship grows, questions about Charles Emmanuel and his ‘message’ continue to be asked.

The series is good, there’s something entertaining about it that has me interested in seeing what happens next. The issue is really cut into two parts, the follow up from the end of the first issue as well as setting up what happens next. We get a better sense as to who these characters are, their motivations and a bit of the mystery surrounding the series unfolds.

The are is pretty good, the coloring stands out to me out of everything. The art is ok, not bad, but doesn’t quite blow me away. Out of everything, it’s the story that really has me interested. There’s some nice ties to biblical stories and while the subject and plot is familiar, it seems to be a popular one, how it’s presented and the characters introduced makes this stand out.

If you like the idea of angels and demons battling it out on earth, this is a series well worth checking out.

Story: Peter Calloway Art: Daniel Hillyard

Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Read

12 Gauge Comics provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review

ANTI #1

ANTI #1

Diamond code: MAY121301
Written by Peter Calloway
Art by Daniel Hillyard
Color by Charlie Kirchoff
Cover by Brian Stelfreeze

ANTI blasts out of Free Comic Book Day and into your hands for only $1.00 in this special “Buckshot” 1st Issue Edition! Join producer Gale Anne Hurd (TERMINATOR, ALIENS, WALKING DEAD) as she presents the action-packed tale of Zachary, a faithless man forced to confront the reality that he’s the savior of the world.

Chased by demons that have infiltrated earth disguised as humans, while grudgingly protected by demon-hunter Jordan, this journey for knowledge and survival is sure to give you plenty of bang for your buck! Don’t miss out on this exciting new series from Peter Calloway (GOTHAM CITY SIRENS), rising-star Daniel Hillyard, and industry legend Brian Stelfreeze (BATMAN: SHADOW OF THE BAT).

12-Gauge Comics Releases for August 2012

THE RIDE: SOUTHERN GOTHIC #1 (of 2)

Writers: Ron Marz, Nathan Edmondson, Jody LeHeup
Artist Names: Rick Leonardi, Paul Azaceta, David Lapham, Dexter Vines
Cover Artist: Andrew Robinson
Price: $5.99
48 pages

You’ve been asking for it and now it’s time—one of the most talked about anthologies of the past decade is back! THE RIDE takes no prisoners in the return of the series Entertainment Weekly calls “…BALLS-TO-THE-WALL PULP STORYTELLING!”

Featuring a line-up of creators that is literally a who’s-who of legendary talent, fans of crime and action books will not be disappointed.  Join Rick Leonardi (UNCANNY X-MEN), David Lapham (STRAY BULLETS), Ron Marz (GREEN LANTERN), Nathan Edmondson (WHO IS JAKE ELLIS?), Paul Azaceta (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN) and more! With fast cars, hot babes, and a healthy serving of the Dixie-Mafia, you simply can’t miss THE RIDE: SOUTHERN GOTHIC! 

ANTI #2 (of 4)

Writer: Peter Calloway
Artist Name: Daniel Hillyard
Cover Artist: Brian Stelfreeze
Price: $3.99
24 Pages

Following the successful FCBD launch of ANTI, issue #2 of Gale Anne Hurd’s (THE WALKING DEAD, TERMINATOR, ALIENS) action-series continues. Zachary is an expert at running from his past, but the future is his biggest problem now—even if he doesn’t know it yet. While his new powers continue to manifest, demon-hunter Jordan has no choice but to form an alliance with Zachary, or risk certain death.  And while their relationship grows, questions about Charles Emmanuel and his ‘message’ continue to be asked. Writer Peter Calloway (GOTHAM CITY SIRENS) and hot new artist Daniel Hillyard’s blockbuster summer series continues here!

12-Gauge Comics in July 2012

ANTI #1 (Buckshot Edition)

Writer: Peter Calloway
Artist Name: Daniel Hillyard
Cover Artist: Brian Stelfreeze
Price: $1.00
24 Pages

ANTI blasts out of Free Comic Book Day and into your hands for only $1.00 in this special “Buckshot” 1st Issue Edition! Join producer Gale Anne Hurd (TERMINATOR, ALIENS,  WALKING DEAD) as she presents the action-packed tale of Zachary, a faithless man forced to confront the reality that he’s the savior of the world. Chased by demons that have infiltrated earth disguised as humans, while grudgingly protected by demon-hunter Jordan, this journey for knowledge and survival is sure to give you plenty of bang for your buck! Don’t miss out on this exciting new series from Peter Calloway (GOTHAM CITY SIRENS), rising-star Daniel Hillyard, and industry legend Brian Stelfreeze (BATMAN: SHADOW OF THE BAT).

About the Publisher

12-Gauge Comics was founded by Keven Gardner in 2004 and currently publishes some of the most successful and critically acclaimed independent comic books in the marketplace today.  12-Gauge members Jason Pearson, Brian Stelfreeze, Cully Hamner, and Doug Wagner are creating new and innovative multi-media concepts for the company, including Pearson’s run-away hit BODY BAGS and THE RIDE, which debuted as the top-selling black and white comic of the year in 2004.  After solidifying its position as a force to be reckoned with by packaging THE O.C.T. (Occult Crimes Taskforce), an original comic book concept co-created and starring actress ROSARIO DAWSON. THE O.C.T. has been featured on “The Today Show,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” “Access Hollywood,” and many other media outlets.

In 2009 12-Gauge began to firmly solidify its unique identity by publishing under its own banner (prior titles were through Image Comics), starting with the company’s first licensed property, THE BOONDOCK SAINTS: The Comic Series — which made a major splash. With all new stories by series creator/director TROY DUFFY, the comics have been selling-out and exposing the 12-Gauge brand to an all-new audience. 12-Gauge then moved into the untapped market of country music with superstar recording artist TRACE ADKINS. In LUKE MC BAIN, Adkins lends his likeness to a hard-as-nails character in an adventure story of revenge and redemption. Trace went on a wide publicity tour for the comics; highlights being a guest appearance on “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and a feature story in “USA Today”. Critical praise has continued to follow the release of other new titles; 25 TO LIFE, a limited series that pushed the boundaries of the traditional law enforcement procedural, the high-concept series MAGUS,  R.P.M. from NYT #1 Bestselling author MICK FOLEY, the action-franchise ICE, and the gritty crime drama LOOSE ENDS. For more information, please visit www.12gaugecomics.com or email info@12gaugecomics.com.

12-GAUGE COMICS: Free Comic Book Day 2012

Official Press Release

 GALE ANNE HURD teams with 12-GAUGE COMICS for FCBD 2012

“ANTI” / “THE RIDE” flip-book

Legendary producer Gale Anne Hurd (TERMINATOR, ALIENS, WALKING DEAD) teams with 12-Gauge Comics to present the tale of Zachary, a faithless man forced to confront the reality that he’s the savior of the world.  Chased by demons that have infiltrated earth disguised as humans, while grudgingly protected by demon-hunter Jordan, the journey for knowledge, survival and more begins here!  Written by Peter Calloway (GOTHAM CITY SIRENS, BATMAN: JOKER’S ASYLUM) with a cover by industry legend Brian Stelfreeze (BATMAN: SHADOW OF THE BAT), this special intro to ANTI #1 will not disappoint!

As an added bonus, the time is now for the highly anticipated return of THE RIDE in this special co-feature story! Writer Nathan Edmondson (GRIFTER, WHO IS JAKE ELLIS?) and artist Paul Azaceta (THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN, DAREDEVIL) put the pedal to the metal when the acclaimed crime-anthology roars back into comic stores– leading directly into an all-new THE RIDE series!
Writer (ANTI): Peter Calloway
Artist (ANTI): Daniel Hillyard
Cover Artist: Brian Stelfreeze
Co-Feature Writer (THE RIDE): Nathan EdmondsonCo-Feature Artist (THE RIDE): Paul Azaceta