The Tipping Point (HC) – Various

3 out of 5

Anthologies.  I’ve ranted and raved (mostly ranted) elsewhere about the tricky blend of the formula, of allowing your creators freedom to explore while being editorially mindful enough to keep your selections in-line.  Francis Giger and Humanoids is like one giant anthology melting pot in a way, with a lot of hit and miss, some reliables (Jodorowsky), and a general theme – which, in Humanoids case, is a promise to be vaguely, like, European.  Going one step deeper, Tipping Point is an anthology for this anthology-esque publisher, and keeping in line with that broad comparison, it, too is hit and miss.

And vague.

The idea is that Giger wanted to capture that moment when he discovered comics – his personal tipping point when everything changed.  And so the stories inside can be said to all feature such a point: A twist; a new perspective.  Or they can just be said to he stories, since the whole climax-resolution structure would match up as a ‘tipping point.’

But I digress, as, loosely connected or not, there’s not a bad tale in here.  Some are shaky – Eddie Campbell’s computer doodles about moving to a new town stretch his autobiographical musings rather thin, and John Cassidy’s Tom Huck snippet feels exactly like a snippet, and not a complete thought – but the remainder are interesting, both narratively and artistically, if not occasionally mesmerizing, as in Keiichi Koike’s mindfuck fishing expedition.

However, I can’t quite say I was hit with my own Tipping Point.  These mostly felt like minor tales.  Which makes it a pleasant read, but the oversized hardcover production, impressive as it is, and bold mission statement would seem to promise more.

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