36 pages in US comic format, mainly b&w with some colour pages
Reads Volume 2 begins here. 4 stories, in 4 parts over 4 issues.
Tim Bird, Luke J. Halsall, Ricky Miller, EdieOP and Owen D. Pomery
Cover by Eleni Kalorkoti
To kick things off we have Luke J. Halsall and Tim Bird’s ‘The Bullpen’. A story set in the offices of a comic book publishing company at the dawn of the Silver Age of comics. Think Mad Men but with Stan Lee instead of Don Draper.
Our second strip sees Owen D. Pomery return to the characters from his hit comic, ‘The Megatherium Club’. ‘Skeleton Crew’ is the first in a series of standalone adventures pitting the club against the same “villain”, a rival scientist who looks like he might just beat our “heroes” at their own game.
Our third strip, ‘Hitchcock & Film’, is brought to you by Ricky Miller and (that man again) Tim Bird. They begin their look at four different periods in the life of Alfred Hitchcock along with a whistle-stop history of the development of film during his lifetime for good measure!
EdieOP rounds things off with a full-colour strip featuring ‘The Story of Lucius Jellybean’, an orphan germ, born from the union of a slug and a virus. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll probably want to leave off eating until afterwards.
“An essential platform for a healthy representation of the creative voices that make up the AHP stable, and a true testament to the continuing evolution of this important micropublishing presence on the UK scene.”
Andy Oliver, Broken Frontier
“Great anthology, variety and quality throughout.”
Richard Bruton, Forbidden Planet International
“This is EdieOP’s first contribution to Reads, and the story shows her sense of humour and a clever mixture of innocence but blatant danger as well. Very entertaining.”
Mark Russell, A Place to Hang Your Cape
“This collection is a primer / advert for the fledgling (set up in 2012) Avery Hill Publishing, whose publications so far, I have found to be of impeccable merit! Keep up the good work!”
Jonathan, Page 45