The Matrix Comics

Authors: Various
Artists: Various
Titan Books
RRP: £16.99
ISBN 1 84023 806 2
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Join Matrix creators Larry and Andy Wachowski and some of the top writers and illustrators working in the comic industry today for 12 original stories set in the world of The Matrix...

The Matrix Comics, like the Animatrix DVD, take the familiar world created in the movies and spins out a number of related stories. Contributors include Neil Gaiman (Sandman), Dave Gibbons (Watchmen), Matrix designer Geof Darrow and the movies' creators, Larry and Andy Wachowski.

There's something here to cater to everyone's tastes - be it the writing style of the short story by Gaiman; the beautiful illustrations by Gregory Ruth; or the twisted cartoon style of Peter Bagge. Each writer/artist takes their own particular slant on the world of The Matrix.

And it works wonderfully. These little bite sized stories are perfect even if some, like Peter Bagge's excellent strip, are a little predictable.

And the good news is that this looks to be the start of an ongoing series - which will no doubt please fans of the movies.

After the near travesties that were The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, this collection reminds us why we fell in love with the series in the first place.

Nick Smithson

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