Womanthology initiated by Renae De Liz
Written by Barbara Randall Kesel, Allison Pang, Laura Morley, Cecil Castellucci, and Kiala Kazebee
Illustrated by Diana Nock, Chrissie Zullo, Sara Richard, Kel McDonald, and Isabelle Melancon
Letters by Amauri Osorio and Isabelle Melancon
Covers by Hanie Mohd and Chrissie Zullo
Published by IDW
the three cents.
The Space-themed Womanthology issues have been fun, and though this might be the last issue, it certainly ends on a wonderful note. The offerings this time are five complete short tales, each one brilliant and imaginative and colorfully perfect.
Eccentric Orbit from Randall-Kesel and Nock is a very innocent take on puberty, and about staying true to oneself. The writing and art are almost giddy with optimism.
The Wind In Her Hair may be my overall favorite of this bunch, as Pang and Zullo present a fantasy romance and the mixing of two very different worlds.
In The Drink is a more comical look at a legendary point in history, with a pair of ne’er do wells dreaming big and falling even bigger. Very stylish and pretty artwork, although the storytelling was a little rough.
I Will Return is a deeper fantasy, with lyrical words beautifully rendered by Castellucci and iconic pictures from McDonald. Love between celestial bodies, after a fashion.
Broken Glass is my favorite story, although some of the lettering and art were so digital as to lose character. Great story though, of a fundamentalist future doing little to overpower the laws of nature.
Ceili Conway, Lea Hernandez, and Maja Sukelle all contribute quantifiably strong pinups, each showing a very unique style and inventive subject matters all in one gloriously grand gesture. A dynamite issue, and I hate to see it go so soon.
Tags: Allison Pang, Amauri Osorio, Barbara Randall Kesel, Cecil Castellucci, Ceili Conway, Chrissie Zullo, Diana Nock, exegesis, Hanie Mohd, Isabelle Melancon, Kel McDonald, Kiala Kazebee, Laura Morley, Lea Hernandez, Maja Sukelle, Renae De Liz, Sara Richard