The Anchor Volume 1: Five Furies

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Freak of nature, beast of burden, hulking outcast, medieval prize fighter, Viking raider... God's own leg-breaker. One thousand years ago a hulking outcast sought refuge in the crumbling ruins of an ancient monastery and offered in return the one thing he had to give - his fists. Transformed into an immortal warrior monk standing at the gates of Hell itself to keep our world free from its invading armies, The Anchor is mysteriously tricked into centuries of slumber. But today, this holy warrior rises to battle ...

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Overview

Freak of nature, beast of burden, hulking outcast, medieval prize fighter, Viking raider... God's own leg-breaker. One thousand years ago a hulking outcast sought refuge in the crumbling ruins of an ancient monastery and offered in return the one thing he had to give - his fists. Transformed into an immortal warrior monk standing at the gates of Hell itself to keep our world free from its invading armies, The Anchor is mysteriously tricked into centuries of slumber. But today, this holy warrior rises to battle all the unholy monsters unleashed during his slumber. Cataclysmic action, quirky humor, and profound pathos for fans of HELLBOY and THE GOON. Brought to you by Eisner Award-nominated writer/artist Phil Hester (GREEN ARROW, SWAMP THING, THE COFFIN, FIREBREATHER, THE DARKNESS) and fan-favorite artist Brian Churilla (REX MUNDI, THE ENGINEER, CREEPY).

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Beginning with a prologue in which the main character is single-handedly waging war in Hell, the action shifts to contemporary Iceland where the first of a series of infernal beasts emerges to lay waste to the surrounding area. A large man with no memory appears to fight them, claiming that as he fights on the mortal plain, his soul is in a parallel war in the underworld. He is told he must slay five monsters to reclaim his memory, four of which are fought before the volume's close, which feels like a bit of a cheat (in the true cliff-hanger tradition). There is a thick thread of mythology woven throughout, with references to iconography and folklore that attempt to make this book more than just a series of bloody fight scenes. But they are little more than brief notes, ultimately reading more like glancing justifications than the underpinnings of a large-scale story arc. The book invites comparison to "Hellboy" (Dark Horse)—a series with a similar balance of fun, action, and myth—but doesn't quite measure up. In part, this is due to the artwork, which lacks definition and detail. The design work behind the beasts is excellent, and yet their grandeur, menace, and movement are never successfully conveyed during the action sequences. That said, The Anchor seems to be meant to be more fun, pulp adventure than gothic myth-weaving, but it feels slight, a bit empty.—Benjamin Russell, Belmont High School, NH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608860203
  • Publisher: BOOM! Studios
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Series: Anchor Series , #1
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 1,423,396
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Writer/artist Phil Hester's credits include SWAMP THING, ULTIMATE MARVEL TEAM-UP, CLERKS: THE LOST SCENE, THE CROW: WALKING NIGHTMARES, THE WRETCH (nominated for the 1997 Eisner Award for Best New Series), ALIENS: PURGE, and GREEN ARROW. He resides in Iowa with with and their 2 children. Portland resident Brian Churilla is the acclaimed artist of such titles as REX MUNDI, THE ENGINEER, and CREEPY. 2009 saw the launch of his original webcomic THE D.B. COOPER DIARIES.

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