215 Ink. Apparently it has even be optioned for television. Well, I picked up the 1st trade awhile ago down at the ol' comic shop and recently had the chance to read a digital copy of brand-new issue #7 too; therefore, I thought I would offer my thoughts on the series and my enjoyment of it.
Insert Pun About "Enormous" Entertainment Here
The reason for these enormous creatures appearing is hinted at towards the end of the trade, but the main thrust of the story is seeing how the sudden attacks around major cities by these gigantic beasts is causing immense societal trouble, or as the A.V. Club puts it, the comic is kind-of like "The Walking Dead" but with big ol' monsters instead of zombies. We primarily see how Ellen and other survivors attempt to deal with these monsters attacking and throughout the book you really grow to care about Ellen and feel for her when she loses loved ones.
The artwork tends to be gorgeous, with the big monsters appearing genuinely disturbing and gross. The illustrations are lush and the colors have an expert balance of appearing a bit softer and less exotic where they should (buildings and the characters), and really popping when it comes to the more surreal stuff such as the huge animals. If had something negative to say about the artwork, it is that it sometimes can be really tricky to follow the action when a ton is going on within the page, and that can make it a bit confusing--"Oh, they went from the roof to inside the building somehow, maybe on this odd splash page?" Also it says Saint Louis is in Michigan instead of Missouri, a weird typo I noticed as I live around the STL area.
|"MI" instead of "MO" you say? Interesting.|
As the Dust Settles...
going on at Comixology until July 28th where you can get all the issues for a 50% discount (I myself prefer having a physical copy of my comics generally, but to each his/her own). The seventh issue was an intriguing change of pace and easier to follow artwork-wise, so other than my continuing umbrage at how too many characters are underdeveloped and the artwork can be confusing I would say this is a stellar read.
4.5 out of 5 stars.