I was really excited for “Epic Kill” even though I hadn’t really heard all that much in the way of promotion from Image. Needles to say without even knowing what to expect I was more than dissappointed with this issue. We are introduced to a character, Song, in a story that is a blatant cross between “Dark Angel,” “Kill Bill,” and “Sucker Punch.”
The writing in the issue isn’t horrible it serves its purpose and introduces us to the character, her world, and her place in said world.
Where the issue falls flat in the writing bar is the lac of originality. There is no connection to any of the characters and the little bit of interest brought from the obscurity of the characters origin is simply not enough to pull the reader through the lifeless panels.
I’ve seen a lot of bad comic book art, but this seems to take the cake. “Epic Kill” is obviously supposed to be a high action type of story. I feel like Ienco really attempted some “Matrix” like movement and expression in his panels but the attempt fell flat. The story and art come across as lifeless and stagnant. The saving grace is the colorization within the issue it really is what shines and I believe that the almost muted colors really added to the semi surreal story.
I believe “Epic Kill” may be an example of one person trying to do too much, Ienco fully created this book and maybe with another mind on the production the story or art could have garnered a better response. As is I believe “Epic Kill” is not a book for me, I’ve read far too many stories with this premise and they’ve had better writing and art, so I would suggest passing on this issue.