ComixTribe is a publisher that has been around for a little while now, and they have grown to the point where you can go into your local comic shop and see their books sharing shelf space with all the big boys. That’s something I like to see: a smaller publisher clawing their way up the ranks and making it. They have had a good run and some original ideas too, with books like the The Red Ten, Oxymoron, and Scam, and I wish I could say the same thing about Epic, but I can’t. Now, before you ComixTribe fans start booing, just because it’s not terribly original, doesn’t mean it’s not any good.
After reading the first three issues in the series, you’ll notice that Epic is your standard teen-with-superpowers book. It reminds me a lot of the series Impulse from DC, which is not a bad thing. The best thing that comes across in this book from writer James Tyler is the humor, which is the main thing that kept me entertained. Just about everything else in the series is typical run-of-the-mill material when it comes to a story about a teen with superpowers–and, if that’s your bag, you’ll probably enjoy it.
One other things Tyler has pulled off well is the supporting cast. He has the world of Epic filled with a bunch of colorful characters, and especially villains. In my opinion, this is one of the most overlooked parts in superhero comics. Your hero is only as interesting as the villains against which he or she tussles. This book, only going into its third issue, is bursting at the seems with supporting characters from civilian friends to villains and even other superheroes. This keeps things interesting, but they might want to pull back on the throttle with them a little bit, because it’s going to become confusing if not handled correctly.
The art by, Fico Ossio, is also spot-on. This is a great example of the right artist being on the right comic, where his style fits the overall feel of the book. Ossio’s art has the right mix of cartoonish and dramatic style, to fit well with a story full of humor like Epic. However, the color in the book, while not bad, can be a bit too bright at times, even distracting from the art.
All in all, I’m giving Epic a check in both the good and the bad box, but they are situational checks, to be taken with a grain of salt. If you enjoy teen superhero stories, then you will like this book, especially if you like well-rounded casts and witty banter. If you’re looking for something original, then you are not going to be terribly impressed. It’s only on its third issue, so there is plenty of room to grow, especially with the cast of characters they are putting together in this book.