The overall theme of this volume - I think - of the anthology seems to be death, the afterlife or existence on a plane beyond the earthly one. Still, the creators seem to interpret that theme in a multitude of diverse ways, so diverse, in fact, that the theme isn't immediately apparent nor am I completely confident I'm seeing it correctly. It seems to me this volume of Popgun lacks the number of experienced and recognizable names that previous ones boasted. That made the Jamie S. Rich/Joelle Jones and Paul Grist segments all the more welcome. I question the wisdom of opening with Guillaume Singelin's "Carjacking." This silent story that juxtaposes cartoony character designs that brutal violence is intriguing, but it's certainly not inviting. It's a bit too experimental in tone for the very first story to meet the reader as s/he makes his way through the book. Still, there's so much material in this book, the buyer can't claim s/he didn't get his or her money's worth. Read Full Review
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