Earlier this month fellow I’m With Geek-er, Andy Williams, did a review for Amazing & Fantastic Tales #1. I had to do the follow up to it with #2. This is a great title that shows a lot of promise. I liken it much to the old Marvel Annuals, everyone knows what I'm talking about. The big 80 page spectaculars, right? The only thing better than a comic book with one awesome story is a comic book with more than one awesome story. So, here we go!
Gears shift as we head into another Jim Alexander tale in The Last Posse. I really got into this tale. It didn't have the flashy art like our first title. There were only a scant few black and white pictures. But, the storytelling is top notch. Such iconic characters as Wyatt Earp, Geronimo, and Annie Oakley weave a tapestry of epic proportions. I found this one to be the most interesting of the lot.
Jim Alexander, Andrew Docherty and Jim Campbell collaborated to make the largest piece of the collection. I say that in jest. One page and nine panels isn't exactly a magnum opus novella. But, Happy Slappy is one of the most interesting in the set. I had to read it about three times to really get the mileage out of it. I much liken it to the shorts you'd find in MAD magazine. There's even a double wordplay at the end that made me laugh uncontrollably once I understood it. Two thumbs up for this little engine that could.
Point Blank by Jim Alexander, Scott Sackett, Jim Campbell, and Elinor Winter is the big crescendo. It ends the book with a deep and involving story. It really makes one think and piece things together. A myriad of human emotions are explored here. It was a great way to wrap the book up.
Overall, I found this to be a very fulfilling and worthwhile title. It was a good read from beginning to end. The different stories came together with each of their individual tales to round out as a good whole. There is even a preview of another story called The Roustabout by Lynsey May and Fin Cramb after the credits roll. I fully recommend this title.