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Anathema by Chrysalis

Those comic books were lying about superpowers. 

In the year 2010, the Pulse changed our world irrevocably.

It quickly became clear that superhero comics and movies had little impact on this new reality. Secret identities turned out to be illusions for most. The defining lines between hero and villain were blurry at best, and the prime duty of the United Nation’s powered Covenant was to hunt and eliminate potentially dangerous individuals regardless of their alignment.

It is now the year of 2012. Established structures begin to crumble, and superpowers spiral more and more out of control, acting as a catalyst for worldwide chaos.

Anathema explores the stories of three characters with different backgrounds, motivations, and perspectives as they try to find their individual paths in this pre-apocalyptic setting: a renegade hero, a withdrawn teenager whose powers are affected by social bonds, and a hip hop dancer who breaks the established boundaries.

Anathema updates at least weekly, occasionally twice weekly.

Note: Anathema contains pervasive harsh language; also, some graphic violence.

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donec a diaboli laqueis resipiscat

By Fibi, member

Jul 3, 2015: Anathema is a comforting reminder that even nigh-omnipotent power which transcends the confines of mundane physics is really no match for the bureaucratic superstructure of the United Nations. The world might plunge towards peril but, no fear, properly ratified resolutions on decreasing international tension will lead the way towards multilateral cooperation in twenty years or so, give or take the usual General Assembly bickering.

 . . . Assuming the world lasts that long everything’s quite peachy!

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First Fifteen Review – Anathema

By zephy669, author of Cruise Control

Dec 17, 2015: Snapshot

Anathema is an action-filled serial that takes place in 2012, two years after an event known as the Pulse which changed the world, plunging it into to a world of superheroes. The story follows three main characters, but the first fifteen chapters only really covers the first two (Chris and Sarina) and touches on the third character. Each of these characters have their own point-of-view, own histories, own weaknesses and strengths, and their own abilities.

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Apocalypse Later

By Syphax, author of Stone Burners

Feb 28, 2015: [I help edit this serial. As such, this review is not 100% unbiased.]

The word dark gets thrown around a lot with Anathema. I have no clue why, but this comes with the disclaimer that I apparently have a high dark tolerance. I’ve watched Schindler’s List. I’ve stumbled around the corpses of my fallen comrades as my character succumbed to radiation poisoning after being nuked in Call of Duty: the last good one. I’ve read Worm and A Song of Ice [more . . .]

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