Comic_Doctor takes a look at Epoch #1 from Image Comics!
Credits & Solicit Info:
Writer: Kevin McCarthy
Artists: Paolo Pantalena
Colors: Jorge Fares
Where do I start with this mess? I hate to say that, but I started Epoch #1 with lots of optimism and it was quickly destroyed. Truth be told, the only reason I finished the issue is because I had a review to do.
The base story concept is a decent one - angels watching over Earth, hidden in society as its first responders - but beyond that, everything is weak. The characters are very dull, and bad stereotypes are all around (the hot head, the bad father figure, the mysterious villain). I found it hard to care about anybody, and the hero, Jonah, comes off as whiney and annoying.
I found the art to be a poor man's Joe Madureira, and Pantalena's storytelling was horrible. Scenes jumped around, and sometimes it was very difficult to follow the action sequences. The coloring was decent, but I found it didn't help the art (heck, maybe it was the art that brought the coloring down). It seemed very 'muddy', but that may have been intentional.
I really can't find much to be positive about for Epoch #1, and I will be extremely surprised to see this series go further than one arc.
Sorry for the short review, but I don't want to bash this anymore than I already have.
GRADE: 4 of 10
Review by: Comic_Doctor