Sunday, May 8, 2016

The Bolt #1 & Anomoly #1 - Comics From The Basement

Hello and welcome to Comics From The Basement...

A couple of weeks ago I put the spotlight on a couple of independent comics that I acquired recently... and this week, it's more of the same with Ryan M. Brady's 'The Bolt' and 'Anomaly'

First about Mr. Brady, whose work you can find at, he's an Alumni of Rutgers-Camden, he is a great example of perseverance, from being told that there was 'no money in art', to having professional artists not look at his work...Mr. Brady continue to draw, drawing for himself  until and opportunity came along to do web comics, which lead to the comics that I'm going over today coming into being.  While this may be the 'bare bones' version, it is a testament that dreams can happen and opportunities will present themselves.

So now onto the comics themselves! 

The Bolt #1:  The city of Camden, New Jersey has a mew hero, one than can throw lightning bolts. and wearing a blue mask and a hoodie named 'The Bolt'.. one a night where he saves a young woman from being mugged, it draws the attention of the mysterious organization run by The Chimera who isn't pleased that someone is interfering with his plans...

Anomaly #1: The Alpha-99 Knight is being put through it's paces, to see if it has the capacity to think like a human in a real combat situation, to determine whose a threat and who isn't... but it fails its latest test run... which sets off a chain of events that will lead to a new hero being created!

Reason For Recommendation: What I have to say here applies to both comics, as they get done what every issue #1 for a comic book series should: establish the universe, introduce key characters and give you an idea of the direction the story is going to go in the follow issues. The artwork to me is very similar in style to that of Batman: The Animated Series, where the designs look normal, but there is enough of a 'cartoon' element to it that makes it stand out. 

Of course I have to mention that both of these particular comics are a bit on the 'short' side, but considering Mr. Brady does the story, art and colors by himself, you're getting quality work.

Since both comics are self published, you can get them and their follow up issues at

Next week, I'll be going over one of these years Free Comic Book Day books... till next time... have yourselves a good one.

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