Papercut and Inkstains is an anthology from Madius Comics. Unlike other anthologies it shoots for three stories an issue rather than jamming every possible story in. The first story is called F.P.S. and if you play video games you can figure out what that means. It’s a short and clever story told through the first person perspective (there’s a hint). We follow some soldiers as they hunt down some resistance fighters. There’s a twist of course, but I won’t spoil it. The twist itself isn’t anything that original, but the presentation for it is great as it manages to capture the FPS POV.
The next story is called The Perplexity and it’s weird. It’s about a superhero of sorts that foils a bank robbery, but it’s just a strange story due to how weird the guy is. The art is good and the story is funny in its weirdness.
The final story follows the storyline that’s been running since the first Papercuts and Inkstains, which is about the doomsday cult that accidently brings about… well doomsday. They’re trying to figure out how to stop what they started. It’s still quite funny since they’re all still just average dudes, but they don’t stop wearing their robes. It’s pretty humorous and the book store owner they visit is a welcomed edition to the story. He’s quite funny and brings out some humorous lines of dialogue from the cult members.
Overall, this is a short anthology, but it works. I’d rather have a fun anthology to read rather than a large one with several stories I’m not interested in. If you read the first two issues then definitely pick up the third issue, if anything just to see the continuation of the third story. But if you like anthologies then this is a well put together one for you to check out.
Papercuts and Inkstains #3 Writers: Various Artists: Various Publisher: Madius Comics Price: £4.00 Format: Ongoing; Print Website