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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The year is the distant future, 3717. Our world has taken to the stars and conquered them. All nations, corporations and technologies have c ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
I purchased the Kindle version which included footnotes on various characters, species and tech that inhabit th ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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!
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.