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Anomaly Hardcover – November 28, 2012

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In a far future, when the fates of humanity are dictated by the ominous and shadowy Conglomerate, the classes of society are well defined. The wealthy, elite Shareholders hold the power, the military holds the might, and the lowly menials dwell in darkness in the bottom decks of Earth’s orbiting space stations. “Exploration” of far-flung planets is a thinly veiled excuse for conquering the sentient life encountered by the Conglomerate’s security forces. Jon, an Enforcer fallen from grace, knows this firsthand, but Samantha, a wealthy idealist, thinks there is a better way to make first contact. They spearhead a peaceful mission that tests her idealism and suggests that something more sinister is afoot. Though laden with archetypal if well-crafted characters and familiar, even clichéd sf tropes, there’s no denying the beauty of this massive book and the intricacy of its imagined worlds. The strikingly rendered CGI-style art, rich color processing, and heavy, glossy pages add to the epic feel of the story. For a book this cinematic in scope and presentation, it’s no surprise that a movie isn’t far behind. --Tina Coleman


“Anomaly is one of the most innovative and rousing epic adventures l’ve seen. This story of a team of explorers marooned on a distant planet marries action and ideas in spectacular fashion, and holds important lessons for our society today.”  -- Harrison Ford

“They have uncovered a shrewd world in ANOMALY, one where simply fighting for survival is not enough. Loaded with offbeat characters and idiosyncratic socio-structures, ANOMALY does a smashing job of bringing us back to the fundamentals of humanity." -- Ridley Scott

“The reason this book is important is because we in the comic book industry have misleadingly used the words graphic novel’ as a throw away term. We apply it to almost anything that reprints old editions of previously printed materials. What no one has done is to ACTUALLY do a fully rendered graphic novel of this scale from the very onset. This book represents what I always thought l should be holding in my hands: a meaty, sophisticated book filled with epic story and art that reads like a movie." -- Todd McFarlane

“ANOMALY is Epic in terms of its scope and breadth and story. lt’s also Epic in terms of sheer size and volume. This is one huge beast. lt demands respect and awe and involvement from the Reader. lt’s difficult to adequately describe, praise, or assess ANOMALY by the usual terms, all of which is actually a very good thing: it means you’re beholding something altogether NEW. lt will seriously kick the next generation of entertainment media into high gear, and deliver to all the prognosticators, speculators and skeptics an effective kick to their collective asses as well.” -- Bill Sienkiewicz

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Anomaly Publishing; Box edition (November 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985334207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985334208
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 1.5 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #718,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By on December 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
For months now, the industry has been buzzing about the epic graphic novel Anomaly. Epic? It's enormous. 368 pages enormous, not to mention how massively oversized it is (opened up, it has more than a 32-inch wingspan; not the kind of book that's easy to read on a crowded subway).

What Anomaly lacks in convenience it makes up for in storytelling and art. Co-creator Brian Haberlin has his hands in both pieces, writing the story along with cocreator Skip Brittenham and supplying art along with Beirrod Van Dyke. All told, it was a project that took the creative team years to assemble...and, interestingly enough, the creative work is still going on, even after publication. This being a fully realized 21st-century graphic novel, Anomaly is not just a book, but an interactive experience (although it reads just fine as a standalone book). Readers are invited to enhance their experiences with Ultimate Augmented Reality, an app that can be downloaded for free. Pages in the book that are "live" can then be scanned by the reader's mobile device, which makes objects on the page not only 3D, but also interactive...meaning readers can play along and take on some pretty cool monsters and machines on the pages.

What makes Anomaly more fun than all of this suggests, however, is that it's not just all bells and whistles (the bells and whistles are very cool, though). The sci-fi story focuses on a dying world overrun with corporate greed, as all nations and corporations have been merged into one behemoth known as The Conglomerate. Humans vie for scarce resources.

Our protagonist, Jon, is a former Enforcer for The Conglomerate and has now been disgraced.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By James Mayo Mccuan on November 30, 2012
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I'm editing my review so that it flows better. I had originally written it in two parts.

1) Horrible dialogue throughout most of the book. It reminded me of comic books from the 1970s and 80s. People say things to each other that, if you actually say them out loud, you would realize that nobody with any sense would say something in those words without sounding like a cheesy, melodramatic caricature. The art got about 90% of the creative effort, and the writing was thrown the remaining 10%.

2) Almost zero character development throughout. I was never emotionally invested in anybody within the story, and couldn't believe how the characters own relationships developed for no reason. The main female character hates the main male character through the first 150 pages, and then suddenly kisses him and says he's grown on her. I have no idea why since they didn't share a single "Get to know each other" moment. Their only real interaction is her watching him during a very cheesy sword fight. I guess that's all it took to make her hatred turn to adoration.

3) The artwork is the most enjoyable aspect of the book, but it has to carry a dead story across it's back through 30 miles of rough road.

4) The story itself seemed like it was completely borrowed from The Lord of the Rings, with a few sci-fi tidbits tacked on. A group of different species of humanoids are convinced to band together to battle the hordes of an evil wizard type before he conquers all of their lands. It wasn't very imaginative, groundbreaking, original etc...

The evil, mega-corporation wanting to control everything, and not caring who or what gets hurt in the process aspect isn't anything new either.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Vince C on December 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I originally wrote my review below for the regular Anomaly Graphic Novel, but I actually own the Collector's Edition, and the additional 16 prints of all the main characters plus the limited edition numbered book and the special packaging makes this a definite value considering it's not that much more than the original novel, but you get a limited edition signed by the creators of a Book that will for sure become a collector's item in a few years given how ground breaking Anomaly is!!!! As a huge fan of Comic Books and Graphic Novels and owning more than 2000 of them where some are worth a considerable amount of money, I know how valuable special edition books can be. They easily demand more money over the years and become much more sought after because they are more rare than the rest of the copies. A book as beautiful and inspiring as this one is for sure going to grow in value. Plus as a fan I LOVE having all the extras that are only found in this edition.
Here's my original review from the regular Anomaly novel which still is a fair assessment of both novels, just the collector's edition is a bit more special!!!
My Review:
This is one of the most MIND BLOWING books I've ever seen. There are so many amazing things to experience with this book. First, The sheer size of it is UNBELIEVABLE!!!! Second, the art work is insane, you could literally take pages from it and frame them and hang them on your wall that's how huge and gorgeous they are! The fold out pages are So Beautiful it takes your breath away. Third, the story is brilliant. With so many interesting and diverse characters, I LOVE the themes and ideas that are explored in the book as well.
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