REVIEW: ‘All We Ever Wanted: Stories Of A Better World’

Reading Time: 2 minutes

All We Wanted: Stories Of A Better World is an anthology book spearheaded and edited by Matt Miner (Poser), Eric Palicki (Atlantis Wasn’t Built For Tourists), and Tyler Chin-Tanner with Ariela Kristantina and Michael Wiggam working on the cover art. The book is published by A Wave Blue World, an independent publisher founded in 2005 by Tyler & Wendy Chin-Tanner.  All We Wanted: Stories Of A Better World contains 24 stories that celebrate a more positive and progressive future. Each story features a different creative team.

Contributors for the anthology include: Dean Trippe, Jarrett Melendez, Danica Brine, Christopher Peterson, Robbi Rodriguez, Maria Frölich, Rich Douek, David Stoll, Howard Mackie, Ryan Lee, Paul Allor, Juan Romera, Lela Gwen, Tony Gregori, Tess Fowler, Lucia Fasano, Chris Visions, Toby Cypress, Justin Zimmerman, Ethan Claunch, Nadia Shammas, Jude Vigants, Josh Gorfain, Matt LeJeune, Taylor Hoffman, K.R. Whalen, Matt Horak, Jennie Wood, Jeff McComsey, James Maddox, Gavin Smith, Vasilis Pozios, Ryan Cody, Eliot Rahal, Jason Copland, Kay Honda, Liana Kangas, Erik Burnham, Anthony Marques, Fernando Ruiz, and Eryk Donovan.

It is a long list of creators, to say the least.

While the stories are not interconnected and obviously created by multiple creative teams, the theme and overall retro-futuristic aesthetic remains present throughout. The purpose of the anthology is to look forward to a better future but not without remembering our past and where we came from. All of the one-shots delve into the theme of individuals overcoming societal norms and expectations but also acknowledging the beauty in the past.

In “The Weight of Time” a scientist invents a time-machine type watch and initially intends to erase the prejudice from the world but soon learns nothing is that easy. Despite tackling massive themes of future, space, and sci-fi, the stories remain intimately human.

This anthology a the perfect wave of hope in a world that often feels overwhelmingly hopeless. There is a lot of art in this book and while I like some a significantly more than others, it never feels disjointed since each story is separate from the others. Some of the stories can feel campy but considering the overly optimistic vibe, it is endearing.

Overall, this is a fantastic and uplifting read that reminds us all of a future worth fighting for. The book while skimming over heavier themes never earns a mature reading and is more than likely acceptable for younger audiences. Additionally, I am always excited to see work from A Wave Blue World since as a publisher they focus on such unique and creative stories.

All We Wanted: Stories Of A Better World is available now in comic book stores everywhere.

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TL;DR

Overall, this is a fantastic and uplifting read that reminds us all of a future worth fighting for. The book while skimming over heavier themes never earns a mature reading and is more than likely acceptable for younger audiences.