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Shifter

Review

Shifter

 

Brought to you by the same folks who gave you ANOMALY, SHIFTER is a roaring adventure tale. It looks and feels a lot like a video game, and that’s by design. The book is also interactive: a free app lets readers make 3D elements of the book come alive on their devices.

SHIFTER follows an everyman named Noah Freeman, who goes off for a peaceful hike the weekend before his wedding and ends up nearly being killed by government operatives. In his escape, he stumbles upon a cave containing a bubble-like machine that heals his injuries and then gives him the remarkable ability to shift into the existence of any of the various “surrogates” created for him…animals, insects, and even a human-like woman. It’s all a bit overwhelming, but Freeman takes to it rather quickly, which is good, because soon he’s caught up in a mystery (beginning with why people wanted to kill him).

The story is not all that original, but it’s also not the point. This is more of an all-around experience, of which the story is just one component. The artwork, composed by four illustrators, is computer-generated, which fits the tone for a book like SHIFTER. Even if it’s not as warm and inviting as tradition comic artwork, it’s still gorgeous and lush.

Despite seeming like a gimmick at first blush, SHIFTER is actually quite a bit of fun to read and explore. Where ANOMALY got off track a bit and felt cold and even a little offputting, SHIFTER is much more engaging. 

Reviewed by John Hogan on December 10, 2013

Shifter
by Brian Haberlin, Skip Brittenham, Brian Holguin, Geirrod VanDyke, Kunrong Yap, and Chan Hyuk Lee

  • Publication Date: October 8, 2013
  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Anomaly Publishing
  • ISBN-10: 0985334215
  • ISBN-13: 9780985334215