The cover on this graphic novel made it hard to pass it up. What exactly was this about? Who is this guy? What do the bastions of Hell look like in Phil Hester’s world? Wait, do I have any more questions? Quickly to the back page synopsis:
“Freak of nature, beast of burden, hulking outcast, medieval prize fighter, Viking raider... God's own leg-breaker. One thousand years ago a hulking outcast sought refuge in the crumbling ruins of an ancient monastery and offered in return the one thing he had to give - his fists. Transformed into an immortal warrior monk standing at the gates of Hell itself to keep our world free from its invading armies, The Anchor is mysteriously tricked into centuries of slumber. But today, this holy warrior rises to battle all the unholy monsters unleashed during his slumber. Cataclysmic action, quirky humor, and profound pathos for fans of HELLBOY and THE GOON. Brought to you by Eisner Award-nominated writer/artist Phil Hester (GREEN ARROW, SWAMP THING, THE COFFIN, FIREBREATHER, THE DARKNESS) and fan-favorite artist Brian Churilla (REX MUNDI, THE ENGINEER, CREEPY).”
I have always been a big fan of profound pathos; it rolls right off of my tongue. Better yet it sounds like something Robin of Batman & Robin would say: “Holy Profound Pathos Batman!” I see that you agree. The description of the graphic novel hits every nail on the head and so does The Anchor. The character of the Anchor is ugly yet cute in an ugly sort of way. The sum of his parts, as he seems to be brought together by many different forces, is profound and moving. Much can be learned by listening to his words and thoughts as Phil Hester walks a tightrope of frivolity and deeply insightful meanderings. The artwork is a great compliment to the prose of this graphic novel; the teaming of the two really makes the work standout and jump from the page. If you haven’t had the chance to discover this character, don’t sentence yourself to a life in the fires of agony, let The Anchor show you the way of light, understanding and love.
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