Cinema Purgatorio #1

Cinema Purgatorio #1

Writer: Alan Moore, Garth Ennis, Max Brooks, Kieron Gillen, Christos Gage Artist: Kevin O, #39, Neil, Raulo Caceres, Ignacio Calero, Gabriel Andrade Publisher: Avatar Press Release Date: May 4, 2016 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 1 User Reviews: 2
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Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill invite you, and some of the finest creators in comics, in to join them in a different kind of dark: Cinema Purgatorio!  This ongoing monthly series will feature Alan and Kevin in every issue and is their first major new project together since League of Extraordinary Gentlemen!  Anthology has become a dirty word, so far be it from us to clean it up.  Instead we'll shine our light onto the cutting edge of sequential art, with black and white artwork to allow illustrator's pure visions, and the greatest assembly of writing talent ever gathered on one series.  Every issue is perfect-bound, with no ads, and all of the works are very long-form, there are no collections planned before 2018.  Jump in now and embrace the new future of comics.  The one of which Alan Moore has always dreamed.  It's here, now. Hiding in the dark corner.  Welcome to Cinema Purgatorio.

  • 6.5
    Multiversity Comics - Matthew Garcia May 6, 2016

    A well-curated collection of stories; come for the Gillen, hang around for some other interesting sights, wish for a broader talent pool. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Gizmo May 18, 2016

    -- CINEMA PURGATORIO: I guess this is the headline story in this anthology. Ironically, it is the worst one, even with legendary Alan Moore writing it. The concept seems to be that we, the audience, are watching a batch of films, in the same fashion you would in the 30s, when it was common practice to watch a couple films and a cartoon in one cinema visit, and in black and white of course (with the exception of Disney who had exclusive rights to Technicolor at the time). This story introduces that concept, but the story itself seems pointless and, what I presume to be captions of what the viewer is thinking, even make a point of mentioning that. So let's just say it's weird -- CODE PRU: This next story is written by another powerhouse writer and '2000 AD' anthology alumni, Garth Ennis. I know Code Pru exists already as a solo title, but I'm not reading it so I'm unsure if/how this ties in. It's really interesting though, this paramedic named Prudence is introduced to a suicidal vampire. Here I am feeling sorry for the poor guy because he can't handle immortality. -- MODDED: The third writing powerhouse, Kieron Gillen, delivers my favourite entry in this anthology. It seems to be a mature, dystopian version of Pokemon. And based on the dialogue, they seem to live inside the game a la 'Reboot.' Seriously, you're not sold yet? -- A MORE PERFECT UNION: This one is a Civil War story, I suspect it will be an alternate history of some sort. Max Brooks writes some good characterization, I already like these guys, and I like history too so, BAM! Yet another winner. -- THE VAST: Gabriel Andrade delivers the best artwork of the bunch with this 'Independence Day' style story featuring jet fighters confronting a giant sea monster. The action takes over, so the plot hasn't kicked in yet, but anything with giant sea monsters is something I'm likely to enjoy. -- OVERALL: I get the feeling that, with Alan Moore attached to this thing, everyone is bringing their A-game. I know that

  • 10
    Snapfire May 27, 2016

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