Comic book anthologies used to be all the rage in the early days of comics. It wasn’t uncommon to go to the newsstand to pick up the latest issue of World’s Finest or a similar book and find three or four stores waiting for you between the covers.
In later years, the anthology went out of fashion, with the notable exceptions of Dark Horse Presents and the occasional one-shot, and is a much-missed way to find new talent and discover original comic book storytelling styles.
Now, 215 Ink has decided to buck the trend and is giving us Ignition Volume 1: The 215 Ink Anthology.
In it you will find almost 300 pages of some of the most cutting edge, in your face comics you will ever see covering a range of styles so diverse it’s tough to list them all. Science fiction, humor, horror, superheroes, you name it and it’s in here. All created by some of the best up and coming talent to grace a comic book page in a very long time.
Part of the problem with anthologies is that when you read them, you only end up enjoying about half of the stories inside. I can say with all honesty that I didn’t have that problem with Ignition. From the first to the last, I found something to like about each and every story here.
Whether it’s the absurdity of Clown Fight by Rob Harrington and Ger Curti, the superhero style tale of The Tomorrow Guard by Michael McDermott and Nicola Scott, the bizarre, mind-bending Atomic Rosebud by Philly’s own Johny Zito, Toy Trov and Gabo or the heartbreakingly simple story of Invisible Sam by Adam O. Pruett, each affected me in a very distinct and different way.
I would challenge anyone to find a story in here that you didn’t like. Go ahead, I dare you.
The last time I read an anthology that I enjoyed this much it was one of the early Optic Nerve collections, and I can think of no higher compliment than that. Ignition volume 1: The 215 Ink Anthology is a must-read for anyone who likes to experience the unexpected in his or her comics. Go forth, enjoy and count down the days until we get to see a volume 2.
Thanks to the always-generous 215 Ink, we have not one, not two, but 10 digital copies of Ignition volume 1 to give away to lucky Geekadelphia readers. Just leave a comment and we’ll pick 10 random winners at the end of next week. Just make sure you leave a valid email address with your comment.