Without wishing to sound doomed in the first sentence, anthologies are tough to crack and usually take a few issues to get started. For Planet Jimbot’s latest, Amazing & Fantastic Tales #1, this most definitely the case. Within its pages are five stories that represent decent starts although requiring room to breathe.
Kroom! by Jim Alexander and Glenn B Fleming kicks us off in a hospital bed with a Batman ’66-esque lettering for its title, which brings forth the notion of multiple worlds and a taster of the world-hopping to come. This is an intriguing beginning as the interest comes from seeing how this well-worn notion of multi-dimensionalism can feel fresh and new, but this story stops almost as soon as it starts. At just 3 pages long, it is impressive that the characters are introduced and we’re beginning this adventure, however it aches for more time to expand.