Not too long ago I gave a review for the first issue of the experimental slice-of-life anthology, Sliced Quarterly, developed by editor Ken Reynolds. This week I had the pleasure of reading another quarterly indie anthology called 100% Biodegradable, which has put out its eleventh issue on the comic shelves and digital stores. 100% Biodegradable is another anthology that Mr. Reynolds helped to develop as a creator and assistant editor, focusing on the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres. With David Hailwood assuming the role of editor, joined by several new creators, indie comic regulars, and professional creators such as 2000 AD’s Kek-W and Judge Dredd Megazine’s John Freeman, you get an enjoyable, unique 36-page hodgepodge with something for everyone to enjoy.
As a fan of pretty much anything science fiction, fantasy, or horror I had no problem picking up and reading through the book. 100% Biodegradable #11 has a total of seven stories including two comical short stories, two multi-part sci-fi adventures, one ghost story, one fantasy quest, and one mystery. Each story is short and sweet and highly original in their content. The majority of the stories are in color and the book is recommended for readers ages 15 and up due to some images of gore and nudity.
I think my favorite stories were The Big 4-0 and Cackbeard the Pirate. The Big 4-0 is about a barbarian who must undertake a quest as a rite of passage to “reclaim his manliness”, and while he is successful in reaching the end of the journey he makes a wish that ultimately brings about his demise in his return home. Cackbeard the Pirate is one of the comical short stories, bringing to mind the classic newspaper comic strips, where the titular character and his friend discuss and display their prowess (or lack thereof) in wooing women.
Both of the sci-fi adventures I mentioned, one a futuristic espionage piece involving a man who is interrogated by a witch through his memories (Death Duty Renegage, Part 5 by John Freeman and Brett Burbridges) and another about an oddball crew of space explorers vacationing on a planet of fish-men (Moby Douche, Part 1 by Jimmy Furlong and Andrew Hartmann), ended in cliffhangers, but since they are pieces to larger stories they may have their own books with the adventures in their entirety arriving in stores in the near future. Until then, to fully follow them you would need to pick up the past and upcoming issues of 100% Biodegradable. Moby Douche has a comical tone as well and the main character reminds me of Futurama‘s Zapp Brannigan. Death Duty Renegade seems to be more in the vein of something like Total Recall but both stories seem like they would be worth diving into.
For those who prefer print format, a 140-page collection of the best strips from the first six issues is available to buy in both standard and premium formats.
You can check it out at Drive-Thru Comics. For 99 cents the eleventh issue of the Biodegradable anthology can be purchased there or via Comicsy for 69 pence. Its ComiXology release will follow at a later date, however previous issues are already available.