Rating: 4/5 – The Enormously Entertaining Comic You May Not Have Seen.
by ComicSpectrum EiC Bob Bretall.
If you’re a fan of the ‘giant monster’ movie genre you should be checking out Enormous from 215 Ink. The biggest trick may be finding it in a comic shop. This is a book that may not be on the rack in most shops, but when shops do stock it, one look at the gorgeous painted art by Mehdi Cheggour could easily cause the issues to fly off the rack.
Enormous is an apocalyptic story. An ecological cataclysm has caused enormous beasts of a variety of shapes, sizes and abilities to rise from the depths of the Earth and attack humanity. The apocalypse is NOW as remnants of humanity, assisted by fragments of the military and FEMA, are battling for survival against both the monsters and the requisite bad elements of humanity that crop up in these kinds of stories. This is the 1st issue of a new story arc, listed as “All New #1” on the cover, but listed as #7 in the indicia. As a #1 issue, writer Tim Daniel does a good job bringing readers up to speed. There’s a short description of the premise, a timeline (and it’s only been 3 weeks of story time since the emergence of the enormous), plus we get some good flashback material for the 1st 6 pages of the story that helped remind me of what happened previously, since #6 came out about 6 months ago.
Enormous is what I like to call a “comic shop test” comic. If your shop has copies on the rack: that shop is a keeper! They support indie books. If they don’t have copies in stock but will happily order you one: good shop willing to get customers what they want. If you get something other than one of those 2 options, it may be time to look for a new shop!
Enormous #7 has a lot of action in the form of a human-on-human fight scene, beautifully choreographed and painted by Cheggour. What we don’t get in this issue is a lot of monster action. This made this issue feel a bit more like an interlude to me since previous issues had a lot more giant monster action. Not necessarily a bad thing, I still loved the issue, but it didn’t feel as representative of the series to date as a “new #1” probably should have. That said, this is a must-read for fans of monster movies and absolutely worth checking out for fans of painted art. Highly recommended.
Reviewed by: Bob Bretall
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