Thoughts about #1.
The second issue of this promising anthology title again starts with Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s opening story which centres round the stars of a old Roman epic who realise they’re on a film set and more. It’s an unsettling little tale and more subtle than the first issue’s more visceral story from the pair.
Next up is Garth Ennis’s Code Pru, which after dealing with vampires last issue move onto another classic monster.
This episode expands on the world Ennis has created where classic monsters are real, and suffer bigotry and beatings from the police who despise them. It’s not especially hard to work out the analogy Ennis is spinning here.
Next up is Keiren Gillen’s twister take on Pokemon, Modded. This is a fun, and utterly bizarre strip that fits what Moore’s trying to do with the entire Cinema Purgatorio idea perfectly. It’s also gloriously fucked up.
As for the Max Brooks American Civil War story, A More Perfect Union, that takes an odd turn after nearly two episodes of building up what looked like a historical war story into something else.
As for The Vast written by Christos Gage it still remains the weakest story in the comic though it’s still a decent read.
Cinema Purgartorio is proving itself to be a successful anthology title, with Moore and Gillen’s stories in particular standing out as being odd things that probably wouldn’t work outwith of this comic. A couple of the stories need beefing out a bit but none of them are truly terrible as is often the case with anthology titles, and I’d recommend jumping on board now while the chance is there.