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Dark City Comics are proving they are an Indie company with Major goals. I previously interviewed Lonnie “Lo” Lowe Jr, on of the Owner/Writers. You can read that here Creator Spotlight-Lonnie Lowe Jr/Dark City Comics.
Here is a condensed review of three Dark City’s books, E.P.I.C (Earth’s Protector In Crisis) Issue #1 The Alpha Strand, E.P.I.C (Earth’s Protector In Crisis) Issue #2 Arise Alphas (Part 1) & E.P.I.C (Earth’s Protector In Crisis) Issue #3 Arise Alphas Part 2. >>
E.P.I.C (Earth’s Protector In Crisis) Issue #1 The Alpha Strand (Written/Lettered: Lonnie Lowe Jr, Cover Art: Brian Fajardo, Lines/Inks/Colors: J.C. Grande & Inside Front Cover Art: Luis Figueiredo)
This issue introduces us to the unlikely superhero, EPIC. Hovering above the Earth, EPIC states, “I never asked for any of this.” From there, various panels of flashback history brings the reader from the archeological expedition where a young archeology student, Chris gains his powers and becomes EPIC and actually fights his 1st villain. EPIC’s transformation sets off a chain reaction of awakening those with Alpha Strands, which will give certain individuals superpowers. The question, will they use those powers for good, is something that looks to be explored throughout EPIC’s adventures and books.
The origin story is quick but easy to understand. I didn’t like the color styling during the backstory, but I’m sure the intention is to reflect the flashback sequence. The cover is action-packed, showing EPIC battling his main nemesis.
E.P.I.C (Earth’s Protector In Crisis) Issue #2 Arise Alphas (Part 1) (Written: Lonnie Lowe Jr., Lines/Inks/Colors: J.C. Grande, Lines/Inks/Colors Charles “Chuck” Taylor, Colors: M.Woods, Cover/Lines/Inks: Very Woong, Inside Cover: Anthony Wells, Inside Back Cover: Dino Agor, Colors: Bryan Arfel Magnaye)
Issue #2 picks up after the events in the first book. EPIC is flying back to his city, reflecting on his new life when he meets a powerful being, who will become his mentor. There is an interesting and revealing dialogue between them. Meanwhile, other Alpha Strands are creating more super-powered people who transform; Alloy, HardBomb and Wildsyde. There is plenty of action and in the ending sequences, EPIC concludes with a quick battle against one of the new Alpha Humans.
E.P.I.C (Earth’s Protector In Crisis) Issue #3 Arise Alphas Part 2 (Written: Lonnie Lowe Jr., Lines: Charles “Chuck” Taylor, Colors: Michael Woods, Cover:Lines/Inks-Chris Cross and Cover Colors: Kate Finnegan)
The secret is out! The world knows about Alpha humans. A nice segue is the televised interview of one Alpha called Torque. During the interview, it is implied that he may have used his powers to cheat during a competitive sport! I loved that touch of reality based questioning. Of course, the main villain shows up and brings two henchmen and attacks Union Station. The teenager doesn’t have any control becoming a hero! He instantly transforms into EPIC and takes the battle to the henchmen. We are teased with questionable, shadowy business of an organization called The Global Security Initiative. Only time and more EPIC issues will show what their motives are.
The cover for this issue is my Favorite of the 3! E.P.I.C (Earth’s Protector In Crisis) Issue #3 Arise Alphas Part 2 is a good read. Dark City Comics is committed with three book and more on the way!
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