Welcome to Sanity, Arizona. It’s a small town where everyone knows everyone and the natives are happy to live and let live…unless you’re visiting. The residents have developed their own systems of law, politics, ethics, religion, and morality. Left on their own, Sanity would thrive outside the view of our world, content to live their lives in their own way. Unfortunately for all involved strangers do occasionally find themselves in Sanity, AZ.
in SANITY, AZ Issue 1 features the following stories: “Snowglobes and Albatrosses”, “Broken Water I”, “Murder”, “Burgers And Shakes”, “Friends”, “False Idols”, “Inning Five”, “Honor Parents”, “Confusion”, “Sea Of Sanity”, and “False Witness”.
Looking for something different? then in Sanity, Az is for you – a suitably grim collection of short tales, all bound together by the one town in the desert! Yes, there are adult themes and some of it could be quite grim, but there’s a humour here too, and that’s what makes this an enjoyable read!
With stories by a selection of creators we get a comic made with one vision and they all work together so well. The art in all of them is suitably dark and grim, but each story has it’s own feel to make it it’s own – which is not an easy thing to do.
We kick off with Snowglobes & Albatrosses which give us a nice bit of crazy to start the reading – there’s some nice cartoony art here and it’s only until the end do you get the references!
Broken Water takes us back in time to after the MexicanAmerican War, although the location is still the same. It could have been set more recently, and although you see the twist coming, it’s well executed and gives you a nice ‘warmer’ feeling about the ending!
Murder gives us the pastor who is featured throughout and is the backbone to the comic. This first look gives a great look at the character and he’s mental state, it’s well done and serves well throughout!
You knew there was going to be a twist to Burgers & Shakes, but the twist still gives a shudder to you and is well done! The dialog makes this all the better, with the passer through and the residents reactions!
Friends is a short that adds to the atmosphere of the comic, and also adds to some of the later stories!
False Idols just adds to the crazy in the town – you would know by now reading this comic that they don’t react well to outsiders!, again the build up is very well executed and the art is brilliant for the story!
Continuing with the ‘outsider’ theme Inning Five has a very nice slow build up, where you know something isn’t quite right, but it’s only when the outsider realises that you do too!
Honor Parents has no outsiders, but has a teenager rebelling and disrespecting – you know this isn’t going to end well, but the thought processes shown make interesting reading!
Confusion is possibly the best single page to go with the title! 🙂
Something different The Sea of Sanity is a different outlook and style, which is a good break from the rest – there’s some excellent layouts here and its fragmented and crazy!
False Witness has more outsider issues, where the townsfolk get the benefit of the doubt!
in Sanity is a brave new horror anthology, which is gripping reading with a whole cast of characters to enjoy! Worth the time and worth the money!
#2 is out in August 2013, with #3 due out in October 2013 – look out for the trade paperback in December 2013!