Review by www.newsarama.com - Best Shots in 2008.
Published by: Accent UK
Review By: Jeff Marsick
Anthologies are tough to grade. Sure, they’re the box of chocolates that Forrest pithied about, but you’re pretty much guaranteed to get a handful of submissions that are pretty pictures with no story, or a solid story decapitated by horrendous artwork, or a tiny minority like chase cards from a Topps set that are actually good reads and solid artwork. All of those are then awash in a sea of underachievement where nothing at all works and your cockatiel wouldn’t deign to have it line the bottom of its cage. Just as I’m convinced that there hasn’t been a book published that doesn’t contain at least one typo, I’m also a firm believer that an anthology is a success if at least 51% of the book is composed of winners. Hey, if it works for hedge funds, it should work here as well, right?
Following that logic, Robots by Accent UK should be on everyone’s bookshelf. Mind you, this isn’t some high-falutin’ anthology like those Flight books, nor is it even in full color like them Popgun books. It feels like a working-man’s anthology. Forty-two stories, probably around four hundred pages, all about robots. Nice robots, bad robots, evil robots, robots who contemplate the whys and wherefores of their existence. Stories that explore the horrors and sins of suckling from the teat of technology, as well as the benefits and bonuses of having tinmen and women around. Funny, droll, campy, cartoony, serious (like the way-awesome “Tiger Tiger” by Johnson and Brown)...tt’s all-you-can-eat at the Robot Sizzler.
Each story runs two to eight pages, so the painful ones don’t last too long yet the great ones don’t last long enough. I’d love to bore you for pages and pages dissecting them all, but that would do a disservice to you, the reader, who would get more from just going out and picking it up. I will tell you this, however: [b]Robots[/] is a better anthology than Image’s Popgun.
You can buy this and more from Accent UK’s website (www.AccentUKComics.com) or from Amazon. I think this is the best anthology the company has put out in a while, even better than their Zombies anthology. If you like Robots, then you should also order their next effort, Western (I think the name speaks for itself as to what the topic is going to be), which should be due out in the US any week now.
The problem with anthologies is that they can, by their very nature, be something of a mixed bag. It’s arguable that, as a result of this, the best way to organise an anthology of work by different writers and artists, is to pick a theme. The British anthology comic 2000AD, to pluck a name at random, has survived since its launch in 1977 by treading a fairly safe line through sci-fi adventure stories, and you can’t really argue with that.
With Robots, Accent UK has created a self-contained book-sized anthology, sensibly picking a single theme. This is no mixed bag of stories though – a vast swathe of them are so far above average, you can’t help but wonder how the editors have managed to scramble such talent. The answer, quite possibly, is that they’re merely giving them a break, selecting from the cream of British up-and-comers (as well as a few bigger names, attracted by the sheer unassailable quality these guys are managing) and giving them a more mainstream voice.
It works an absolute treat. The longest story is about eight pages so even if you don’t like something, which I found to be extraordinarily rare in this collection, you’ll be on to the next before you know it. Most of the stories, however, will leave you itching for more.
So while buying an anthology is always a bit of a punt, this is one of the safest bets we’ve seen, presuming you like robots of course. Give it a try – I’m sure that this won’t be the last time you’ll be reading comics by some of the wonderful talents contained within Robots’ pages.
I thought I would review the comics I enjoyed at this years Bristol Comics Expo. Before I start i'll just say 'who am i to review things?' Well i'm going to do it anyhow as I don't think there are enough reviews around these days. The first comic I'm going to review is-
Hot on the heels of the great Zombies Anthology we get Robots
And anyone who has read and enjoyed Zombies is going to read and enjoy this.
OK some of the art is a bit shabby in places, but the good stuff outweighs this, one of my customers put it very nicely when he said “you can see that they are learning their trade, but that’s OK because it’s a bloody good read” Thanks Steve I couldn’t have put it better myself.
With great scripts like Divinity Existence and Toast: by Benjamin Dickson.
Robot: by Kieron Gillan and Andy Bloor.
Robot Interviews, Man Made, and What is Life, how can you not want to read this
So is it better than Zombies? Close, very close, maybe its because I read Zombies first that I prefer it, but having said that its still a very very very good little independent title and deserves a place on your bookshelf nestled next to both Zombies and Wolfmen (which is still my favourite) oh and leave a bit of space for WESTERN and WOLFMEN II,
And while its on my mind, I wouldn’t be ashamed to put my copy of the Eleventh Hour next to these.
Another fine publication to fire your imagination.
It gets a very nice and well deserved 8.9/10.
Review by Rob Jackson on www.robjacksoncomics.blogspot.com in 2008.
ROBOTS the 2008 Accent UK Anthology
This is my favourite yet of the Accent anthologies, last years was good but I am just very bored with zombies. It is very good value at £8 at the expo, its very long and professional looking. I'll just go through and mention some of the stories I liked best. I really liked the art on Kingdom, the first story, especially the robot. David Baillie did interviews again, like in Zombies, and they were all funny one page stories, especially the one with a robot getting old. I was very keen on the art in 'Divinity Existence and Toast' as well by Benjamin Dickson. 'The Creator' by Tony Hitchman & Leonie O'Moore was a good robot spin on that Lovecraft story - 'The Outsider'. Other stories I enjoyed were 'Made Men' and 'Null and Void'.