When I saw the cover for the Enormous One Shot I was hoping for the comic equivalent of a made for Syfy movie. Something that does not take itself to seriously with some ridiculous beasts. Maybe it was due to my expectations but I was pretty disappointed with Enormous. The story does not focus on the huge animals or even people trying to escape them. It is mostly people fighting with each other even in this post cataclysm world where there are giant and dangerous beasts everywhere. I’m not opposed to that type of story in general but this one just bugged me. Fortunately there was at least some fun art work to look at as I struggled through the story. There some unique and interesting monsters in Enormous and I wish more time had been spent on them.
I found the story very hard to follow. It basically just throws you in without any explanation to who any of the characters are. Just a quick footnote about how long ago the event that led to the huge beasts occurred. Because of this I had no real connection to the characters and it was well over half way through the 64 pages before I figured out who everyone was. Even after reading it through once I read through it again, but still I mixed up the characters a few times. There are a few different groups going off in different directions but with similar vehicles.
Towards the end of the story we start to get some details revealed about what is going on and why some of the characters were acting in certain ways. However, since there is no real back story for it, the information doesn’t really help me feel connected to the characters or the world. Maybe if the story did not jump from one character to another so frequently I would have been able to follow along better, but it still feels like there is pieces of the story missing that would have made everything make sense. The Enormous website does help fill in some of that gap, but I don’t feel like I should have to first check out a website to understand a comic.