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.
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.