The Anchor #2 (Boom! – Hester / Churilla)
Heaven’s hulking enforcer is on the hunt for both demon blood and the truth about his origin. His never ending battle takes him to a wild horse preserve in England where he must destroy or be destroyed by a hellish, bestial huntsman who feasts on unwitting campers. On a scale of 1 to 10, this comic goes to eleven. Retailers — clear racks on either side of The Anchor for the safety of lesser books.
The story of the Anchor gets deeper with the second issue. More of his origin is told and more of his return to Earth has been revealed. New characters are introduced as interpreters and sidekicks for the Anchor. New adversaries are placed in the Anchor’s path – the second of the furies, the Horned Man and a very Samuel L. Jackon-ish American Black Ops commander.
The story is strong and plots forward at a great pace, piecing together the larger arc picture. But to be honest, the only real problem that this issue has is that perhaps too much was introduced here. The Anchor moves from a singular focus in issue one to having a few subplots in one fail swoop. I have a good feeling Phil Hester will all work out but the end of the first 5-issue arc, but for a reader jumping in here, it might be a tad messy.
Brian Churilla’s focuesed art and unique layouts add a great deal to the story and are enough for anyone to check out the book.
Issue Grade: A-