Story by Tim Daniel
Cover/Art & Colors by Mehdi Cheggour
Letters & Edits by Matthew Meylikhov
Published by 215 Ink
Release Date: 07/02/2014
In the midst of a planetary crisis for food and fuel, a vast ecological cataclysm has spawned ‘The Enormous’, massive beasts unlike anything ever witnessed. Humankind struggles to stave off extinction and the only law is to hunt or be hunted.
That was the introduction to the first issue of ENORMOUS, which returned to comic shop stands this week. Written by Tim Daniel (Curse), with illustrations by Mehdi Cheggour (Heavy Metal), the one-shot issue that was first released in 2012 has been revived by the creators and 215 Ink as an ongoing series.
The story begins by explaining an event seventeen years earlier, with the online launch of an international agriforming system, leading to the sudden shutdown of the North American node, all leading to E-Day, where the human race has fallen from dominance and are facing extinction as a species. From there we go to Maryvale, Arizona where a man and his nephews are exploring an old tunnel where strange lights are illuminating from. It is here that we first witness the strange and menacing power of this parasitic phenomenon as we see a frightening take-over of a human host.
The scenes shift a few more times and we are introduced to Ellen and Megan, both desperately trying to get back into Phoenix (which is under attack), in hopes of getting to and saving their loved ones. Ellen is trying to reach her mother, hospitalized with Alzheimer’s or dementia. This leads to an absolutely incredible sequence of events involving the mother and daughter as they face an imminent threat in the form of these gigantic creatures, in what is a dramatic and beautiful scene between the two.
We are also taken inside the oval office in Washington, DC as we see the president’s advisors update him on the threat possibly being some form of bio-terrorism. In actuality, the scientists believe this to be an endoparasitoid that is using humans as hosts by aggressively leeching themselves to their bodies, causing physical mutated changes to their appearance before killing them. There also appears to be a much larger and dangerous threat looming.
I am by no means a qualified art critic, but that should in no way take away from the exquisite illustrations from Mehdi Cheggour. This has to be one of the most gorgeous and visually stunning books I have seen. The characters, the city, and the monsters all have a visually sharp and pragmatic look to them, and the colors he chooses are just dazzling. Tim Daniel is once again displaying his profound ability to tell stories, as he is putting together an amazing tale that is not just about monsters, but also about relationships, love, and the lengths that people will go through when facing death.
REVIEW: ENORMOUS #1
Peter Rodriguez (Geek Sushi)
Amazing illustrations by Cheggour, Strong story by Daniel.
Seventeen year gap leaves some questions unanswered, future issues should cover this.