I’m a big fan of anthology books, as I like getting little tastes of a lot of things. But I especially like anthology books in which each comic fits to a specific theme.
Inbound #4 is a stellar example of a great anthology comic.
I got it for two reasons. First, my pal Cathy Leamy is a contributor, and I really dig her comics. Second, I was interested in the theme of the anthology: Boston history.
Subtitled, “A Comic Book History of Boston”, Inbound #4 takes on its assignments with both depth and breadth. Like any good themed anthology, the stories come at the theme from different angles — from straight up reporting of historical facts (“Cowpaths of Waltham” by Aya Rothwell and Dave Unger) to more journalistic reporting (“American Confusion” by Joshua Santa Cruz) to wide-angle documentary (“The Great Sordid History of Boston Punk Rock!” by Eric Boeker) to you-are-there dramatization (“The Boston Slave Riot and the Trial of Anthony Burns” by Dan Mazur and Brad DeRocher). The stories cover large events (“The Great Boston Molasses Flood” by Dirk Tiede and Jaime Garmednia), small ones (“Moxie” by B. K. Smith), and innovative combinations of both (“Mrs. Henderson’s First Grade Class Presents Shays’ Rebellion” by Will Clark).
Seriously, there isn’t a bad story in the bunch, and each one has a lot of care and attention put into both the art and the writing. This is a great collection, and what’s more, it’s yours for only twelve bucks, which is a BAHGAIN.
If I can’t convince you to buy this comic, maybe you’ll have less success in refusing