By Gordon Robertson & Jason Mathis, Ian Buchanan & Thor Fjalarsson, Jane Sayer, Gordon Mclean & Adam Balson, John Lees & Gary McLaughlin, Luke Halsall & James Corcoran, James Fairlie, Iain Laurie, Martin Newman.
The first comic by the Glasgow League Of Writers; a comic book writer collective founded by Gordon Robertson to essentially provide a support group for Glaswegian writers, and out of that has grown the desire to put out their first anthology.
All I really want in an anthology is a spark, a something to grab hold of and find promise in, and although there is a bit of that, overall I just got a feel of it all being a bit too safe, simple, knowingly trying to be clever, middle of the road to really make me get too excited.
Maybe I’m too picky? Glow #1 is good, solid stuff, but it just feels a touch uninspired to me now.
(Eggy by Gordon Robertson and Jason Mathis)
Right, lets start with the best of it – the first and the last strips in here; Gordon Robertson and Jason Mathis’ opener Eggy, and The Healer by Luke Halsall and James Corcoran. Eggy manages to be interesting, knowingly clever, and have just a little bit of an quirky interesting twist to make you think beyond the simple 6-pages. And Mathis’ art looked pretty damn good as well.
The Healer has that 6-page future shock-ish feel as well, maybe not quite as funny and clever as Eggy, but still pretty good stuff, just not quite up there with the art.
(The Healer by Luke Hansall and James Corcoran)
Once you take these two out of the equation though, it’s a weakened collection; strips such as Three Brothers by Ian Buchanan and Thor Fjalarsson, Retina Wrecker by Jane Sayer, Super Tidy by Gordon McLean and Adam Balsam or The Awesome Doggy Boy by John Lees and Garry Mcaughlin all spend their time in service to one, not too great idea. The doomy voice over of superhero sacrifice, a crap superpower played for its comedy value, the guy who cleans up the supers mess, and the self created origin story. In some ways they all play out as the sorts of things superhero fans might imagine when they’re making up their own stories, and I sort of wanted a little more from this.
One final thing; there’s a gag strip running through GLOW issue 1; by James Fairlie and a different artist each time. I quite liked it, Fairlie pulls off weird pretty well:
(The Fabulous Funk by James Fairlie and (this time) Martin Newman)
For more details on GLOW and how to order head to their website. Or you can email the GLOW team at GLoWriters@gmail.com.