Every day this month I’ll be reviewing a different independent comic book, based on submissions from the creators of the comic books themselves.
The month continues with an intriguing anthology comic, featuring work by Alexis Frederick-Frost, Alex Kim, A.L. Arnold and Sean Ford, with each story somehow relating to the theme of the comic, which is the title – Trivial.
While the topic certainly gave them a great idea for a cover for the comic (making it look like the Trivial Pursuit board game), it is not exactly the type of theme that automatically leaps out at you as a broad subject for four stories, but each of the creators makes it work.
Frederick-Frost probably comes the closest to truly matching the theme, as he tells a tale from the second Shackleton expedition into Antarctica. Here, Frederick-Frost achieves two things that both get across the theme of the anthology. For one, he beautifully displays just how insignificant this small group of men look in the vast whiteness that makes up the South Pole. He never really gets away from that sense of “wow, here we are in the middle of literally NOWHERE.” Meanwhile, he also points out (using actual diary entries from the journey) about what kind of conversations go on when you’re on a journey this long. As you might imagine, the discussion often tends to become, well, trivial, especially when the men began having rousing debates on different types of food.
It is a wonderfully told story by Frederick-Frost.
Alex Kim follows up with a take on trivial that involves the idea of a bizarre nightmare which, I think we can all agree is, in the grand scheme of things, a fairly trivial matter.
Kim’s nightmare involves his hands becoming gigantic…
It is an extremely vivid tale.
The next story, by A.L. Arnold, deals with a superhero of sorts, a “cloud watcher” who has to look out for any meteorites or whatever might crash into the Earth. This sort of gig, though, is quite dull, so in the monotony of things, the hero begins to come up with ways to make it more interesting (trivial ways, perhaps?) and it leads to some ridiculous results. The story is almost entirely without words, so Arnold’s art has to carry the tale, and he tells the story very well.
In the final story, we actually get two short stories by Sean Ford about a young boy and his friend, a ghost.
The boy has a rather bland life, but his ghost friend wants to liven things up, but his ideas are often really bad and dangerous. Like in the first story, the ghost has the idea that a fun game would be to poison a little girl.
Ford has an off-kilter sense of humor that is expressed well, especially his comedic timing.
All said and done, this was a very impressive collection. I’ve reviewed a previous one of these themed anthologies (about the theme of “Sorry”) and I think this might be the best one yet (and the previous one was really good, too).
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