Pilot Season: Anonymous #1 is a very interesting read that could have been a great one, if not for a few things. The thing that I don’t care for in the current Top Cow studios is that there’s really no Top Cow “style” anymore. It used to be, when you picked up a Top Cow book, you knew EXACTLY what you were getting. A certain art style, a familiar method of story telling, it felt like a cohesive universe. Unfortunately, that luxury is gone now.
While not a bad comic, the first vibe that I got from Anonymous #1 was “boy, they are really gonna try and sell this to Hollywood as a movie or TV series.” Writer Alan McElroy does a nice job of telling the story of a soldier coming home from war very different than the man he left as. The book just seemed a little too familiar to me. Parts Punisher, parts big action movie that I know I’ve seen before, there just wasn’t enough original material in it to make me love the book.
Artist Michael Montenant is a capable artist, but I’d like to see him step it up a notch. A lot of his characters look too much alike and had me confused a few times. He does a great job with military scenes, which are hard to pull off for a lot of artists. All in all, it seemed a little rushed and I wish that he’d taken a little more time with it.
This issue was good, but not great. If the creative team had come up with just a couple more original ideas to throw in, it would’ve been a very entertaining book. But, as it is, I got the feeling that I’ve read this book before. Many times.