The Anchor #1 – Review

Posted on January 9, 2010


Issue: The Anchor #1
Phil Hester
Brian Churilla
Colors: Mathew Wilson
Letters: Ed Dukeshire
Editors: Matt Gagnon
Cover Artists: Brian Churilla, Rafael Albuqurque
Cover Colors: Dave Stewart
Publisher: Boom Studios
Release Date:
October 2009
Price: $3.99

“The Anchor. Holy warrior, unholy war. Freak of nature, beast of burden, hulking outcast, medieval prize fighter, Viking raider, God’s leg-breaker. One thousand years ago a hulking outcast sought refuge in the crumbling ruins of an ancient monastery, offering in return the one thing he had to give – his fists. Transformed into an immortal warrior monk standing at the gates of Hell itself to keep our world free from its invading armies, The Anchor is mysteriously tricked into centuries of slumber. But today, this holy warrior rises to battle all the unholy monsters unleashed during his slumber. Cataclysmic action, quirky humor, and profound pathos for fans of Hellboy and The Goon.

Artwork: 3.5 out of 5
Welcome to the world of The Anchor, a mix of two worlds actually, that is portrayed beautifully within these pages. I really like the character designs and the whole concept of what is being shown to me here. The depiction of the two worlds look great and the fight scenes are GORE-geous. I have to point out that the one scene where the blood shoots out was presented with such humor that I could not stop laughing. This is a great looking book.

Story: 4.0 out of 5

This is not what I was expecting at all. I love the idea that the main character is fighting on two different worlds at the same time. I mean how cool is that, working within both worlds to fight the evils presented to him. I really liked the build up of who’s who and only hope that future issues will gain more depth into them. From start to finish you get a great story that of course has a nice ending that leaves you wanting to know more.

Dying Breath: 4.0 out of 5
There is something special hiding behind the cover here, I can just feel it. While the first issue isn’t going to give the whole can of beans away, it does an amazing job of getting you interested. The artwork is solid and the story is intriguing and unique. I can not wait to read more.

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