In this Anthem based comic you’ll get an intimate, yet rather non-important expansion of the lore. This prequel story largely follows two individuals that get stuck together and become family over time. It doesn’t really lead anywhere, and I didn’t find it too important in regards to the context it provides to the game’s universe.
During a Scar ambush, young Kismet is the sole survivor and this leaves some emotional scarring. He has problems, and these never heal. He’s not given much dedication, as this largely follows the older lead. Jani is that individual, she is training to become a Javelin pilot. This tale features time skips, and basically a complete arc for the two as they split up to then mix with one another later.
The comic’s story is certainly complete, but not exactly a memorable one when it comes to the narrative. It’s a small piece of the lore that can easily be passed over. It doesn’t really build a care for these characters and that was disappointing for sure.
The artwork was well done here, the visuals are mostly great. They capture the world of the game, and feel directly like it. The Javelins are beautifully detailed, and the setting feels right. There isn’t a whole lot of action, so most scenes are calming in their presentation.
This comic was a hard cover style, with quality pages to it. The visuals were bright, dense and had quite a bit going on. That is, for the most part as quieter segments were plainer in their delivery and setup.
Anthem Strong Alone, Stronger Together really wasn’t anything too special. It was a small intimate tale that didn’t provide a true reason as to why you should care about either of the leads. As a prequel, it didn’t expand this universe in a way that would make me more excited about the game.
I generally found the narrative elements to be light, and boring. The visuals were great though, for the most part being well detailed and capturing the feeling of the game. I really liked how those Javelins looked, very mechanical in nature.
Anthem: Strong Alone, Stronger Together Book Review
Author: Mac Walters and Alexander Freed
Review Copy Provided by Penguin Random House Canada