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3.30  ·  Rating details ·  190 ratings  ·  59 reviews

Building a better tomorrow today…

The planet we call home slowly dies beneath us.

Most humans now live in teeming surface “Terrarium Cities,” off world colonies or orbiting space stations. All of earth’s resources have been depleted.

All corporations, nations and technologies have merged into THE CONGLOMERATE, whose Enforcer Battalions now conque
Hardcover, 370 pages
Published November 28th 2012 by Anomaly Publishing (first published October 15th 2012)
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Jan 22, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: comic-shop
Anomaly is a full color graphic novel using augmented reality (AR) to bring to life a story of discovery and war.
It is not a good book.

The story is very generic and never really popped for me. I keep thinking of other stories that were similar and much better. John Carter of Mars definitely came to mind but the most blatant reference came from a bit of conversation that is from Raiders of the Lost Ark word for word.
Instead of an homage it just came across as cheap.

Anomaly follows the very used
As a concept book, this book is very concepty. Yay!
The idea behind this whole rigmarole is really neat - full-length, full-color graphic novel with extra bits if you have the right technology. I imagine a lot of books and other things will start moving in this direction; it's neat, fun, interactive, and has buttloads of potential.

Not so neat is the way this particular instance played out.

It was difficult for me to follow this story. The letterer and artist did not play well together so the dialo
Jessica Draper
Aug 03, 2013 rated it liked it
They definitely spent a lot of time on the art!

First off, this is a huge book--about 3 pounds worth of slick paper, heavy cover, and red-ribbon placeholder. Comes in a box that looks like a container for a deluxe board game. Definitely not the kind of thing you carry around with you, but the large format does do justice to the detail in the artwork. Every panel looks painted, not just inked & colored, with hundreds of little details to appreciate. And they’re worth appreciating--especially i
Feb 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013, graphic-novels
For all the hype about this book, I was deeply disappointed.

A) it reads more like a second-tier video game concept than the kind of sweeping epic suggested by the painting-driven art and large form factor. It is, quite literally, White Man goes to a Special World and Messiahs the Divided Peoples into a United Front to Win the War. The black dude gets killed as soon as they land of the planet. The female characters are either Warrior Sex Babes or Hot Nerdy Chicks, and all are subject to the defi
Dec 16, 2012 rated it liked it


it's big, and pretty.
i get what they're trying to do.

but especially with the itunes version of the book, voice acted and sound produced, this thing lives deep DEEP in the uncanny valley.

i realize it's a product of the way the art was produced, being painted from 3d modeled scenes--but i've always been really really uncomfortable with most 3d puppeteering (if that's not the right word for it, it's the one i'm gonna use)

i skimmed the second half. i just couldn't really get al
Rex Hurst
Mar 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Anomaly is a large scale graphic novel that comes with an app of fully voiced interactive graphic novel, a background to the universe app, and apparently has been options for a film by Relativity Media- who must have been looking for derivative properties.

The book is massive, some might think it unwieldy, 16.5 x 1.5 x 11.5 inches, stretched out into a rectangle to give it a widescreen cinematic feel. And while I may complain it is not a cheap product. Time and care was put into it, and the pub
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I once took a fiction class where the instructor said, "Don't worry about writing something original. Homer wrote it all; it's already been done. Write something that matters to you. We've never seen it through your eyes before."

If you enjoy science fiction, Anomaly is a story that you've seen before: the high-techies go to a planet of low-techies, then lose their toys but can still use their knowledge to help the low-techies beat their enemy. That said, Anomaly has the added spin of magic and s
Madhur Bhargava
May 03, 2018 rated it liked it
The story seemed a little loose in terms of dialog and overall narrative, however the AR experience makes up for it.
Berslon Pank
Dec 04, 2017 rated it did not like it
I didn't think there was anything to original or interesting going on with the story. I also found the art pretty boring.
Michael Larson
Mar 23, 2013 rated it liked it
The presentation of this book is impressive- just figuring out how to position yourself to read it is a puzzle. However, the content inside doesn't quite match ambitious nature of its content. The story is epic in scope, sure, but it treads the path many an epic space opera has traveled before- worn-out protagonist is sent on a suicide mission, but ends up being the last hope for a dying race of aliens, teaching them how to rise up even as he himself learns his own worth. It's 'Avatar', or 'Danc ...more
Alex Telander
Dec 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Years spent in the making, Anomaly is a marvel of the graphic novel genre from Skip Brittenham and Brian Haberlin, using a combination of giant, vibrant pages bursting with detail and color, a riveting storyline, multiple fold out sections showing actions scenes and magnificent tableaux. And there’s even a smartphone or tablet app to heighten the experience.

The year is the distant future, 3717. Our world has taken to the stars and conquered them. All nations, corporations and technologies have c
Nov 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow. That's the only way I can start a review of this incredible graphic novel. It's the longest graphic novel ever published and surely one of the largest too. The book is enormous and weighs 4kg!

When I opened the book I was whisked away into 2717 where the world has been taken over by the Conglomerate, an organisation made up of all corporations and nations. It has now become a ruthless profit machine and a group of people start to try and stand up to it. Jon meanwhile is living a low life af
Jeff Raymond
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
I've generally had a struggle, for whatever reason, with science fiction graphic novels. Something about the format mixed with the topic rarely seems to click, but I read something from Skip Brittenham not too long ago and saw this graphic novel available, and I had to check it out.

The story is basically about an interplanetary expedition to bring a planet into a confederation, but the system malfunctions and space flight issues keep the team stranded on this planet. The team is quickly attacked
Apr 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Enjoyable, overpriced, overhyped, and oversized.

Sitting on my shelf for ages, I finally dove into the gimmicky graphic novel Anomaly. Gimmicky because it allows you to download an "augmented reality" map that when you point your phone/tablet at certain pages, 3D models of some characters pop up with some additional text.

It's a cute little gimmick, but ultimately the story/world isn't engaging enough to justify the hype. The book is coffee-table book sized so there's a LOT of artwork. Most of it
Timothy Finucane
May 14, 2014 rated it liked it

Anomaly is a rather large format book, spanning the width of at least 2 1/2 to 3 hardcover books, which makes it a bit unwieldy while reading it. I couldn't exactly carry it on the bus with me. But, what's inside seems to justify the rather oversize nature of this graphic novel.

The story itself is rather straight forward good vs. evil type of thing, and it certainly didn't do anything ground breaking in the way of science fiction. The only thing that truly makes the book worth taking a look at i

Tripp Moultrie
Mar 24, 2013 rated it liked it
I enjoyed Anomaly. The premise is not entirely unique but characters are familiar and fun. I don't want to delve too much into the premise because I don't want to give too much away. But the story surrounds a mysterious planet and the small team sent to discover its secrets. There are conspiracies abound in this sci-fi adventure but most of them you'll see coming long before the reveal.

I purchased the Kindle version which included footnotes on various characters, species and tech that inhabit th
Tim Gent
Jan 02, 2016 rated it did not like it
Picked this up remaindered for £5. At that price it's a reasonable buy, but would be a shocking to pay full price. I read a lot of graphic novels of all types, but this is somewhat unique in that it has incredibly high production values but pretty much no other merits. I believe it was billed as bringing 'blockbuster' standards to graphic novels. I guess that's true if you think 'Waterworld' or 'John Carter'. The story is incredibly derivative, there's no sense of caring about the characters, an ...more
David Schaafsma
May 22, 2014 rated it did not like it
Of course you get interested when you see this colorful way oversized book, so huge, and you hear it is one of the longest, largest graphic novels ever… and you can get links or see it in a version that enhances your experience of with AR (Augmented Relaity). So this is a many years in the making (I am told) story that can be read in paper or digital format, I guess, and it would seem to pay homage to Dune and other epic stories like it… But I have to say, it feels like Kevin Costner was part of ...more
Apr 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is worth paging through merely for the art. There is plenty of if with over 300 pages of full cover heavy gloss paper. The book itself weighs more than a small child. The augmented reality technology is incredible, but would have been better utilized if used to help with the story telling instead of merely behind the scenes and 3D bio's of the characters. I did enjoy the one I had to scream at. The more interactive the better. Although they keep adding more updates so maybe at some poi ...more
Feb 04, 2016 rated it liked it
I got a promo in the mail about this book and out of idle curiosity, got it at the library. I'm no true aficionado of graphic novels or science fiction but I could appreciate this hefty tome for the tour de force it is. Fans of Star Wars and similar space odysseys will likely jump whole-heartedly into this saga about Samantha, daughter of a Conglomerate leader, who leads an idealistic first-contact mission meant to win hearts and minds on an unconquered planet. Jon is a former disgraced Enforcer ...more
Aug 01, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: graphic-novels
It's not just a coffee table book, it's a coffee table.

At a glance, there's so much promise: Big, bold design, unique layout and presentation, but the flash fails to deliver. Everything from the story, to the world building, to even the dialogue, is wholly derived from every major sci-fi/fantasy book/TV/video game/movie franchise you can think of--from Mark Twain's Connecticut Yankee to James Cameron's Avatar. (It even has a longer glossary than Dune) I kept hoping for some originality, or even
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
I liked this book and LOVED the art, but I feel like they made it too difficult by adding the fancy 3D pages you can only see if you hold up your iPad or other device to each page. They should have put some sort of marking on the pages it worked with, since it didn't happen with all pages, because the way it's done now, you have no idea which page will have a bonus 3D image so you're stopping after each page or two to hold up your iPad for something that may or may not work. All in all, it wasn' ...more
Avery Tingle
Jan 08, 2013 rated it liked it
This was one of those reads where I lost three hours, because I absolutely had to know what was going to happen next. The story is not new by any stretch, in fact, we've read and seen this many times before already. But its presentation and art style are so captivating that you are pulled in, gasping and cheering along with these characters before you even know what's happening. From its harrowing beginning, tension-building middle and epic ending, this is a fun read. The augmented reality aspec ...more
Jun 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, graphic-novel
The story itself isn't hugely original the art is certainly fun. The characters are sent to try to bring a world into the interplanetary alliance. The team sent in is trying something new, something along Star Trek's Prime Directive about not interfering with the natural culture of the planet. But, more is going on than they realize....

The art was fun on huge pages featuring a variety of aliens, cultures, and climates. The whole book is massive. You can find copies pretty cheaply and it's worth
Apr 10, 2013 rated it liked it
First I want to say I read this on a 9" tablet not the hard cover book. I really liked the idea of voice acting a graphic novel. I also really liked the reference pop ups with small animations. They added extra information about items and places and history about the characters.
On the other hand, the story was weak and the voice acting was terrible. The music in the background at times was not in sync with the mood of the story and was distracting.
Overall great concept, weak execution.
Oct 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Beautiful artwork, but the plot feels somewhat like a hybridized Firefly/John Carter story with some Avatar embellishments. As a video game, this would be a great success. As a graphic novel series, I'll have to keep expectations reasonable and hope that what comes next expands the story meaningfully.
The biggest drawback was the choppy cut-scenes and poorly defined time scale. For example, when the crew goes "native", it feels like they should have been there weeks, not just days.
People who lov
Paul Hartley
Mar 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
A very good graphic novel about a new planets and species. It moves fast and has wonderful art from beginning to end. It was great fun to load the iPhone app (android app available too) and view the 25 or so 3D images of characters and other elements, made more fun when the animate. I enjoyed it and will read and view the sequel when it comes out. I wpd have enjoyed it more if the pace of the tale was more detailed at a slower pace.
Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
Gorgeous artwork that has occasional problems with flow on the page. The reader's eye is not always led to the next panel by the art. As far as the story goes it is entirely predictable and suffers from average to poor writing. Some good bones are present but nothing of interest is explored in depth with at least one plot line remaining completely unresolved. For a standalone book this doesn't work for me.
Jenn Forte
Mar 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read this book as an e-book graphic novel, optimized for Android type devices. It's got an excellent, gripping story and the use of tablet-style technology to help tell the story really works for this medium. The novel utilizes good voice acting and a great soundtrack to make the story come alive in a way I didn't expect.

All in all, this way of presenting a graphic novel worked well for me and I look forward to seeing future works offered in this manner!
May 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-as-an-adult
This book is a very awkward size. When I picked it up at the library, they had put it on a special shelf because it stuck out too far to be safe with the regular holds. I ended up reading it by laying it flat on the desk - not my preferred reading position.

The story itself is average. I didn't connect with any of the characters and the artwork seemed almost too much for the story that was being told.
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Skip Brittenham is an entertainment lawyer who lives in Southern California with his wife and daughter, and has two older daughters as well. He's an avid fly-fisherman and outdoorsman who has traveled to some of the remotest parts of the globe. He has written two graphic novels, Anomaly and Shifter. Between Worlds was Skip's first YA novel and Anomaly: The Rubicon will be available in November of ...more

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