Issue: Ash-Tray Comics #1
Writers: Eric Schock, Sasa Bralic, Michael Kraiger, Javier Alvarado, Karl Savage, Don Kunkel
Artists: Eric Schock, Sasa Bralic, Michael Kraiger, Javier Alvarado, Karl Savage, Don Kunkel, Jason Boehm, Shaun O’Neil, Andre Renuad
Editor: Adrian Cronin
Cover Artists: Francesco Biagini, Paul Harmon
Publisher: Evil Robo Productions
Release Date: 2007
“This Issue is the first of a anthology. 7 Tales of Adventure,Horror,and Sci-fi. Stories by: Eric Schock – The Bald Avenger/Jim Haggin:Detective for Hire, Sasa Bralic – The Dream, Michael Kraiger – The Zone, Javier Alvarado – Crash Johnson, Don Kunkel – Swimming with Razors and Karl Savage – Procrastination. With Pin-ups by, Eric Schock, Jason Boehm, Shaun O’neil, Andre Renaud Jr., and Javier Alvarado”
Artwork: 4.5 out of 5.0
Just right up front you should know this is a great looking anthology book. All of the artists have great styles and not a single one seems unequal to the rest. Each story has it own unique look that is portrayed so well. I’m not sure of influences but I really pick up a Scott Wegener, Michael Avon Oeming and Rob Schaub vibe from some of the artwork. I honestly can’t say that I had a favorite because they were all really great.
Story: 4.0 out of 5.0
So if the art was so good how about the stories? I got one gripe, they were too short. Yeah, yeah I know it’s an anthology book, but some were really compelling that I wanted to know more. The stories that were short and finished within there pages were great. There is a great mix of humor in the stories and it just made this that much more enjoyable. I can’t wait to get on to issue #2 and see where some of these stories go.
Dying Breath: 4.0 out of 5.0
I always like to say that anthologies are hard to review, but it is so true. You can love one story then hate the next, but you have to judge the book overall. With this issue you have solid fun from start to finish. While I like the single issue format I think a few of these could have benefited from a few more pages only because of how great they were. You get a good mix of genre’s too, but the horror ones are right on. So great art and nice stories easily make this one shine.
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Comic Review: Ash-Tray Comics – Issue 1