Overwatch: Anthology Vol 1

From Soldier: 76 to Ana, Tracer to Symmetra, discover the backstories behind Overwatch’s most popular heroes! This hardcover anthology collects the first twelve issues of Blizzard Entertainment’s digital Overwatch comics and features an all-star creative team, including Matt Burns, Robert Brooks, Micky Neilson, Nesskain, Bengal, and more. Whether you are a beginner or a Grandmaster, this anthology is an essential companion to Overwatch gameplay!

I’m sure just admitting this publicly puts my video game card at risk, but I’m not an Overwatch fan. I played the first open beta to check it out, had a fairly good time with it, but had no interest past that. I’m not saying it’s a bad game, not at all, it’s just not for me. Even so, I tried to see what I would get out of the first volume of the Overwatch: Anthology.

Keeping the aforementioned disclaimed in mind, this collection of the first dozen issues of the Overwatch comic just wasn’t for me. Now, I don’t mean that it wasn’t good content, because it certainly is quality work that was put together. Backstories are always great to read, but for someone like me who knows nearly nothing about the characters to begin with, it doesn’t fully serve its purpose. While these stories of various characters from the hit game may not have had much impact on me, they were still pretty interesting.

Oddly enough, even though the all of the stories themselves weren’t something I particularly cared about, I did however enjoy the artwork. All of the various styles that illustrated the stories were really good and provided the only content that drew me in. Even if I didn’t necessarily understand what any of the scenes were meant to signify, following along visually was the best part for me.

This was a tough one for me to read and an even tougher one to review, purely because I am so out of the loop. For the few folks out there like me who don’t play and are familiar with the toons, there’s simply no point in picking this book up. Unless of course you have some strange desire to know backstories of characters you don’t know about just for the sake of knowing. I’m sure all you Overwatch fans will thoroughly enjoy this, but I have nothing to base that on and would have to let you find out for yourselves. Just for my enjoyment, this book would have only received a two star, and as a verse fan I probably would have given it a four. So in the interest of fairness, I’ll go right down the middle.

Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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