Anomaly is a major step forward for the graphic novel. The 370-page hardcover science-fiction adventure is the longest full-color, original graphic novel ever published and the heaviest at 6.4 pounds. When I received my review copy I was simply amazed at the quality of the large format 15 x 10 inch book. The hardcover book has been printed using a groundbreaking wide-gamut process that allows for more range of color and detail than is available in conventional printing. You will be impressed before you actually read the graphic novel. But this concept doesn’t stop at the book. It is also available as a stand-alone tablet app narrated by some of the best-known actors in science fiction and video games. In addition to the stand-alone tablet app. Anomaly introduces Ultimate Augmented Reality™. Readers can download a free Anomaly app for iOS and Android equipped with Ultimate Augmented Reality™ technology featuring more than 50 fully 3D models. Just point your iOS or Android device at the page of the hardcover book and the illustrations spring to life in 3D animation and interactivity. A cast of 15 actors lend their voice talents to bring over 90 speaking roles to life.
The story takes place in 2717 on a dying Earth. With resources depleted humans now live in “Terrarium Cities”, off world colonies or orbiting space stations. Earth is ruled by THE CONGLOMERATE, a ruthless merging of corporations, nations and technologies whose Enforcer Battalions now conquer planets.
Dishonorably discharged from the Conglomerate’s elite Enforcer Corps, Jon leaps at the chance to go on a peaceful, first contact mission to an untainted world. Playing armed babysitter to Samantha, the daughter of a powerful Conglomerate executive shouldn’t be too hard. What could go wrong?
For Jon, it’s a relief to get away – on an easy assignment protecting a couple of do-gooders visiting a peaceful new planet. For Samantha, it’s a mission to change the world. For Jasson, it’s a chance to put his theories to the test.Being marooned on Anomaly where technology doesn’t work, the terrain is lethal and the creatures even more so, Jon quickly learns he’s not the man he once was. Dark secrets surround the various species that call this world home. Jon’s actions here have the potential to ripple across the void of space, and touch everything in it… Maybe even the Conglomerate…
The artwork by Brian Haberlin (Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Spawn and Image Comics) is stunning in places, specifically the depiction of aliens and the landscape of Anomaly. The story by fantasy author, Skip Brittenham offers comparisons to tales of the Old West frontier and encountering hostile natives in a new land. Highly recommended and worth the price.