Review – Amazing Forest #1
Amazing Forest #1
Writer: Erick Freitas & Ulises Farinas
Art: Julien Dufour, Matt Rota, Melody Often, Yumi Sakugawa
Cover: Ulises Farinas, Paul Chadwick (Subscription variant)
This book is definitely a strange one. Three stories in one, but I’m not sure if either of them connect at all.
We start off with Tank. A post alien invasion of sorts. Inside a gigantic tank are three soldiers and a scientist (or doctor). Outside are Alien shape-shifting slugs in the form of the people they love. Everyday they get up to destroy the fake people, but all the while they are fighting a sickness inside themselves. They don’t know what’s wrong with them, but soon discover that the sickness makes them immune to the aliens outside. The doctor sadly walks out to be with his family, but they poof away. The soldiers happily jump out and start punching some alien heads. The doctor knows that he will never be with his real family.
Wolf Mother came as a surprise to me. It opens up to a bloody battle with human corpses and wolf carcasses around. There is a knight in full armor walking around looking for someone named Hugo. At the same time, there is a small child (not sure if its a boy or girl) hiding in the ruins. The child runs off with a wolf pup into the forest. The dialogue suggests that someone if looking for their mother. The knight follows the tracks in the woods into a cave where the child and the pup hide. The knight, who turns out to be a woman, stands over the child and the pup, and then transforms into a wolf. She eats the child and walks out with the pup.The woman and the pup are instantly turned into naked humans, and the woman calls the pup Hugo.
Ronnie the Robot is the story of a single mother missing her husband and trying to take care of her daughter on their barren garden. Two men try to take advantage of Connie, but Connie is always too much for them. One day , a giant robot is found containing the body of her husband, Ronnie. Unfortunately, Ronnie cannot come out of the suit, much to his wife’s disappointment. When Ronnie decides to open the suit, it is nothing but a skeleton hooked to the A.I. of the giant robot. Connie tells Ronnie that there’s nothing wrong with him, and then closes up the suit.
Last, but not least, is the Birdwatcher. A man goes about his life watching birds. Its been the same as always until he comes across a bird with human hands for feet. His phone rings and scares the bird away. He is only able to get a blurry picture of the bird, who has a face like his. He returns home to his wife and they decide to go out to look for it. At night, he takes her to the site, and she tells him that she enjoys spending time with him. Midway to kiss him, he shoves her off as he sees the bird. Years pass and it’s evident that the birdwatcher and his wife split up. He sees a headline about her death, and then he sees the bird with his old face, and tells it to go away. He grows older, but never gets the chance to see the bird again, except in a headline claiming it was caught by someone else. The story closes by telling us the birdwatcher no longer yearns to live. I was left wondering about the owl with the human face, and why his face was that way.
This book was like reading one of those Highlights magazines, except this wasn’t really for children. The stories are great considering their length. All of the endings were sad, which isn’t bad. There was a conclusion and not every story has a happy ending. I’m still unsure about the name, but maybe that’s supposed to be the link between stories? The art styles of the books were nice. I can’t pick a favorite, but they fit their respective stories. Don’t expect anything constant when picking up this book, but you can expect some laid back reading.