Based on Ayn Rand’s short novel Anthem, Jennifer Grossman adapts the story with comic book artist Dan Parsons (Dark Horse Star Wars: Legacy and DC Comics Nightwing: Convergence). Published by the Atlas Society, the graphic novel retells this modern day fable in an illustrated way.
For those unfamiliar with the story, it follows a character named Equality 7-2521. He’s born a strong, athletic person in a post-apocalyptic world where there is no individuality. There is only the collective referring to himself as “we.” However, after he stumbles on a lost mine, he begins to explore his own mind and falls in love with a woman he calls the ‘Golden One.’ However, the collective he is a part of does not value his newfound desire to learn.
One thing I appreciate about this adaptions is that it keeps the story intact. It does not waver from the original story of individualism, liberty, and freedom. Grossman clearly understands the story she is adapting and retells the story of Equality 7-2521 and his desire for freedom in a poignant way. The graphic novel is an excellent adaptation of Anthem and clearly brings it to fruition.
Parsons is at his peak as an illustrator. He inks the story in a classic comic book style that was prevalent in the nineties and the early 2000s. It captures the tone and feel of the story. His talent as an illustrator is on full display with character designs, capturing the landscape, and the dark, eerie feeling that is on full display in the overbearing collective.
The Atlas Society is an organization that “promotes open Objectivism: the philosophy of reason, individualism, achievement, and freedom originated by Ayn Rand.” With this branch into comic books, it could signal a shift within culture and pop culture.
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