Titan Comics: A1 Issue 01, The Review

A1 issue 1 comic review

A1 #1
Frequency: #1 (OF 6) / Monthly
Issue Number: 1
Page Count: 36pp
Full Color, B&W, or partial color: FC
Cover: 3 covers to collect!
Retail Price: $3.99
Street Date: June 12, 2013

Writer(s): Dave Elliot, W.H. Rauf
Artist Name(s): Barnaby Bagenda, Sami Basri, Sakti Yuwono, Jessica Kholinne, Garrie Gastony, Rhoald Marcelius



The new monthly from creators Dave Elliott, Barnaby Bagenda, Garrie Gastonny, W. H. Rauf, Rhoald Marcellius, Sakti Yuwono and Stellar Labs.

The exciting return of the award-winning graphic anthology series, this time in a new format. Three great on-going strips: 

Weirding Willows, by writer Dave Elliott and artists Barnaby Bagenda, Sami Basri, Sakti Yuwono & Jessica Kholinne, sees the worlds of Wonderland, OZ, Neverland, Mars, Pellucidar and Elysium leak through portals into the little English town of Willow Weir, as Alice and her allies defend her world from the things that would come through those portals to destroy them!

Odyssey, by writer Dave Elliott and artists Garrie Gastonny and Sakti Yuwono, follows an immortal military superhero, out of place and time, who finds himself in the middle of an eternal war for mankind between Angels and Demons!

Carpe DIEm, by writer W. H. Rauf and artist/creator Rhoald Marcelius, follows an offbeat group of the world’s seven greatest assassins: one for each day of the week! Their leader is always a Sir Monday… but the rest of the team always hate Mondays! A riot of colour and concepts in a Tank Girl vein.

Comes with 3 covers to collect!



It may come as a surprise to some that I am not really a big reader of comics. Apart from a couple years in my youth where I would read any Spider-Man comic I could get my hands on, and a scant few Predator comics I managed to slip by my parents, I have mostly overlooked comic books. Once I got into high school I had a small phase where I read manga, and tried to get into the Ultimate Spider-Man series but my interests quickly died out. However, I have never disliked a comic book, webcomic, or graphic novel that came across my cluttered desk/computer screen. This is because, at the end of the day, I will always enjoy a good story, whether it be a book, film, or comic. So when I was offered the chance to review Titan Comic’s A1 graphic anthology, I was eager to return to a form of media I often overlook.

A1 is an anthology series originally created by Dave Elliott and Gary Leach back in 1989. It was an award winning success and now Dave Elliott, along with various other artists at Stellar Labs, in conjunction with Titan Comics are bringing A1 back with some amazing stories to tell. And we here at Nerd Like You have been given the opportunity to review their first issue! Considering the fact that there are three separate stories in this issue I will be tackling them one by one. So let’s get this party started!


The Weirding Willows

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This story, written by Dave Elliott, sees the worlds of Alice In Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, and The Island of Doctor Moreau—among many others—get thrown into a blender set to “awesomesauce.” The issue opens up on Dr. Moreau’s mansion where a young Alice is having to deal with her father, the one and only Dr. Moreau, and the general chaos one would expect as the daughter of a mad scientist. And by chaos I mean she must balance a disgruntled farmer whose sheep are getting taken by Moreau’s myriad of monsters, her father dissecting a flying monkey from Oz, and contend with the likes of Dr. Jekyll and Mowgli. If that doesn’t tickle the literary nerd in you I don’t know what will!

On the whole this was one of the more difficult pieces to read, and this is simply because the story throws so many literary icons together it can be a bit tricky tying them together. However, once you finally get the hang of it the story truly opens up with tons of setup for future issues. It is also particularly fun to spot all the different characters Elliott has thrown into this universe and I can’t wait to see who/what comes next!


Carpe DIEm

A1 Carpe DIEm cover

I’ll just say it now: this was, by far, my favorite of the three stories. This comic follows a group of specialized assassins who are named after the seven days of the week. Led by the mysterious 8th Day, an unnaturally slender man in a sharp suit with a giant eight-ball for a head, these assassins take on the deadliest of targets. Writer W.H. Rauf cleverly sets up what many may find to be a rather cliché situation with the fate of the world in the hands of an evil genius and his Stormtrooper-esque army, with our only hope being a handsome secret agent who goes by the codename “Sir Monday.” However, the situation quickly turns ridiculous as the food-themed baddies of Aaron “The Iron” Chef summon an evil salad with a satanic secret ingredient. Needless to say, this comic was a wild ride!

There are so many things to like about this comic. From the sharp and witty writing to the clever character designs, I absolutely loved every panel of this comic. Once the zaniness went into overdrive I was in stitches until the very end. I loved this comic and will definitely be waiting for the next issue of A1 especially for it! Reading Carpe DIEm was like watching a classic Saturday morning cartoon while on acid and it was one hell of a trip!

Tom Hoover

Writer, critic, and cheese addict. Tom is a fan of Neil Breen films, Deadpool, and the works of HP Lovecraft.

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