"Enormous #6" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by 215 Ink
Written by Tim Daniel
Illustrated by Mehdi Cheggour
2014, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on February 4th, 2015
You can plan all you like, but sometimes life hits you with something completely out of left field that you just can't prepare for. Take Ellen Grace for example. She's had her life turned upside down. People she cared about are dead. Now she's running away from giant mutant bats looking to eat her and her fellow survivors alive. The new status quo is pretty hard to get used to in Enormous.
This comic started out with a number of huge horrific creatures terrorizing cities in North America. Things have only gotten worse for the characters since. No one knows what's going on or why. They're struggling to find something that passes for safety in a world where humanity has just been knocked down a peg on the food chain. For all that she's been through, Ellen has been very strong. She's not going to live another day if she has to stop and cry over all she's lost. We don't know an awful lot about her backstory, but we know enough to care about her.
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While all that is going down in Phoenix, there is a whole other set of problems in Tucson. Jo and her father were stocked up with supplies in their bomb shelter, but that was before she came down with a weird illness. A strange purple growth has sprouted from her shoulder. Yeah, she should probably get that checked out. Jo's story has been kind of on the opposite end of Ellen's. Her father will do anything to keep her safe, even as these giant monsters are terrorizing the continent. I just don't understand why she never wears pants. I mean, I get that she's hanging out in a basement, but it's just her and her dad. Would it kill her to wear more than a long shirt and a pair of underpants?
Enormous has been a story of survival. Mankind is still in shock from the events that have rocked North America. It has faced ferocious beasts that are practically invincible. Artist Mehdi Cheggour has drawn some downright terrifying monsters in this book. There's something more to them than just their size. They're unnatural. It's like evolution was sped up and then went horribly wrong somewhere along the way. Flesh, bone, and horns jut out freakish ways. This is elder god type stuff, capable of driving a man insane just by setting eyes on them.
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There's a realness to Cheggour's artwork that makes the characters appear like they're in photographs. It's almost tough to look at some of the characters' faces, especially in the eyes, because of how lifelike they come across. If he's that good with people, imagine what those monsters look like.
The people in Enormous are struggling to hold on to the last pieces of civilization they can. In the blink of an eye, the entire world changed around them. For the first time in thousands of years, mankind must fear the animals that lurk around it, and that's a really scary thought. This is like the five stages of acceptance and people are firmly in the denial stage...a very bloody, body-filled denial stage. Enormous is much more than your typical giant monster story. These beasts are not rampaging through cities to destroy or fight each other. They're hunting people and eating them up in brutal ways.