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      CommentAuthorGreg SBB!
    • CommentTimeApr 5th 2008
    The beautiful painted cover meant I was definitely picking up issue one; the last page twist ensures I'll be getting the full run.

    Nice one, Warren (and everyone else).
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    Great art, neat twist, big hair ... very nice
    • CommentAuthorNameless
    • CommentTimeApr 5th 2008
    Loved it, as usual. Or should I say as always. If comic books had gods, you sir, would be (insert obscure all powerful yet completely insane deity of your choosing). If I were in third grade I might cry myself to sleep knowing I'll never hold the new Planetary in my shaking little hands. Or I would blame my teacher and conspire to beat her over the head and stab her with a steak knife.
    • CommentAuthorfro
    • CommentTimeApr 5th 2008
    I love the faces Anna makes. I've never seen a character in a comic look so angry as she does at some points.
    And the Duffield cover is brilliant, I want to put it on my wall. But I won't because that would involve ruining a comic without any guarantee that I'd be able to replace it without resorting to ebay.
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    Tag: It's a hot Peggy Bundy in leather stretch pants fighting a pulp science-city Matrix!

    I see this as the continued exploration of the fictionauts story from Planetary except they landed in City of Silence.


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    Went to three shops on Saturday, found one that had two copies of AM left. They both had the wraparound by Ryp covers. As it turns out this was not my favorite of the covers -- I like Duffield's the best. Which is not intended as a put-down on Ryp because I do generally like his work. I just didn't like Anna's pose in this one -- too over-the-top-sex-kitteny. She looks like she ought to be in a silk-covered bed wrapped in furs, rather than soaring over a fictional city via magnetic wires.

    Of course I bought the book anyway.

    I'm also one of those who, deep-down, feels that the artist or art team doing the interiors ought to be doing the covers. At least in most cases -- I do understand that some artists who are great sequential story-tellers can't do a pin-up (cover) to save their lives, and that alternate covers tend to boost sales, which benefits the creator-owners in a case like this. But in most cases it seems more like a statement that the publisher lacks confidence in the artist hired to draw the book.

    I tend to agree with the others here who have said the reveal at the end makes this story a stand-out. It gave me a great "The fuck --? Well, I'll be damned" moment. And the interior art by Facundo Perico is positively delicious.
    • CommentTimeApr 6th 2008
    Even my LCS, who carries extra issue of Ellis' works when they come, only had a handful of ANNA on the racks. Now some of the subscribers could have added it at the last minute eating up the ones that were on the rack but it seems strange.

    I'll have to ask the owner about it.
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    I should mention that the shops I frequent almost never carry more than one variant cover of anything. Unless they get customer orders otherwise, they pick the one they think will sell best and go with it.
    • CommentTimeApr 7th 2008
    Good grief, colour me chuffed, popped into my dealer this morning for a browse around and inquire after Anna Mercury and they'd just unpacked it!! Good going Outer Limits!!I even had a choice of the Duffield one, I like his stuff. Was a tad more n' I would normally pay (thanks to a sickly Rand at the mo')but I though , what the hell.....and yep, good stuff indeed!
    • CommentAuthorWinther
    • CommentTimeApr 9th 2008
    Ok, so I'm a dunce. My NCS (that'd be Nearest, calling it local would be a stretch) doesn't have Avatar comics on the stands. They do have TPB's, but no single issues. I've always just assumed that meant I was up shit creek with regards to reading stuff like Anna Mercury and Doktor Sleepless monthly. Turns out if I had just fucking asked one of the nice people managing the store, I would have learned that they'll order pretty much anything for you, if you ask for it, and that they actually sell a fair amount of Avatar comics each month this way. I don't know exactly why they don't order them home in bulk.

    Anyway, the lovely Ms. Mercury's first appearance should be in my grubby hands this time next week, and I'm signed up for the rest of the series, too.
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    i am so jonesing for episode #2 of anna, i think i was spoiled by freakangels coming out every friday, i now want all my books to be weekly.