Review: Image Comics’ Enormous
Relative newcomers Tim Daniel and Mehdi Cheggour offer up a 60 plus page one-shot with Enormous by Image Comics. Daniel has been involved with the production side of comics, doing logos and interior graphics for Image titles as well as writing The Walking Dead Survivor’s Guide, but this is the first time he’s had a chance on his own. 21 year-old illustrator Cheggour is also making his debut. Enormous is set in a future where an ecological event has spawned The Enormous, huge creatures that roam the land. Humanity struggles to fight off extinction that switches survival of the fittest to survival of the biggest.
Enormous takes place in Arizona and our main character is a woman named Ellen Grace. She starts out trying to rescue a group of children to bring back to her group so they can be as safe as possible in a world of monsters. Things don’t go so smoothly, and Ellen finds herself up against a rival group who isn’t as nice and caring. The story features some impressive monster designs. There are definite nods to the likes of Godzilla, King Kong, and Cloverfield. Cheggour’s artwork is absolutely stunning. It looks sleek, modern, and very stylized. If you’ve ever watched a motion comic or something similar, they usually have a certain feel to them and Cheggour’s art is in a similar vein. This is definitely an artist to watch out for.
The story is mostly hit and a little miss. In places it feels disjointed. The flashbacks that tell us more of the backstory and clue us in on how this world came about sometimes comes at odd places. There isn’t a lot of development of our secondary characters. We are thrown into a couple of groups with characters we know little about. Their motivations are to survive, but why they do what they do isn’t always clear. However, the villain and our hero Ellen are developed well. The monsters are great, but they aren’t at the forefront of this particular entry into the Enormous world. The real threat in this book is people themselves. This is designed to be a one-shot story with the possibility of more to come, but the ending is a huge cliffhanger. Right when you think the climax is happening and the next part of the story will start it ends. This was designed to be a proving ground to see if further adventures of Enormous could take place, but it doesn’t stand alone as much as it should. While I sincerely hope they continue as planned with more monster exploration and issues, this collection seems to hinge on the next chapter.
Bottom Line: While not perfect, Enormous is a very interesting read. Tim Daniel’s looks to be a very promising scribe and hopefully he can grow as a storyteller and really shape up the Enormous universe. Cheggour offers up stunning visuals and helps raise the story up. With 60 plus pages and stunning visuals for only $9.99, this is one to seriously consider. Not to mention the physical book itself is HUGE! I give Enormous a 3.5/5.