Anathema Paperback – June 2, 2015
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“Mooneyham was born to draw… The book looks amazing. For her part, Deering’s story resists exploitation and presents a believably tragic romance.” – Comic Book Resources
“Deering and company twist and reconfigure the clichés of the genre – from vampires, to werewolves to witches – shows they've done their homework… it's that passion that enables it to be so entrancing and readable, the way great horror works always are.” – Comics Bulletin
"A True Horror Masterpiece, Not To Be Missed!" - Decapitated Dan, Comic Related
"Anathema is a return to classic horror." - Geek Girl project
"Smart, and romantic and tragic and brutal and beautiful all at once, a love song to the dark woods of horror, screamed from a mountaintop against a wide, white moon. Listen closely, and join in." - SFX
If you love Hammer horror films and things that go bump in the night, Anathema is a book that you will not want to miss." - Comic Monsters
"Fresh, diverse, and interesting...Anathema embraces the traditional while adding a modern twist, and the book is all the stronger for it." - Nerdly
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Mercy abandons her lesbian lover to be burned at the stake but her soul is stole away by demonic minions of a long sealed Vampire before it is done. Knowing she can't do anything about it as is, Mercy is aided by an alchemist who gives her the means to become a creature of the night herself, a werewolf. She goes on a quest to find her love and hunt down all the dark minions of said Vampire and end him for good.
I was already hooked, but I needed more. Unfortunately, the book never reached it's supposed end; Not from a lack of funding, but from what seems to be a lack of want to finish it and a lack of communication between the writer, Rachel Deering and the various artists she paid to draw up the books. This extended to her backers as well, since many of them were not informed of anything and left in total silence as to what was happening. Eventually, it was pretty clear that the book wouldn't be coming out, and that everyone of the people who put down the money in that kickstarter for issues 2-6 had been taken for a ride. Now, whether it was a case of Deering running off with the money intentionally or not, I can't say, but what I can say is that her removing her Kickstarter account and all other social media presence isn't helping me in thinking about this any way other than malicious. And that if this book had been finished, or at the very.least news surrounding it wasn't so obscure, then I'd be writing a different review.
Though the jump from artist to artist is a bit jarring, what's here could have been the foundation for something great; if not a short and simple graphic novel. It's too bad that it's not enough to really fixate on, nor is it enough story to really say it's worth buying. That includes the art, which again jumps dramatically after the first two issues. Again, I am a sucker werewolf anything (anything? Anything...), so I was gonna buy this anyway; primarily because I already had the digital versions of each issue. Plus,I like physical comics better,even if the book isn't all really there. However, if it did have a bad story (what little is there) AND bad art (*ahem* Wolf Moon *ahem*), werewolves wouldn't have gotten the purchase at all. I can only stoop so low for a purchase. If you feel the need to, buy it and read it for yourself, I always think that's the only way to truly gauge something you're looking into. It's certainly not a bad read (for the first 2 issues) but it's definitely wasted potential.