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EPOCH #1 (Top Cow Productions) is a fantastic murder mystery
where supernatural creatures are pitted against each other. While a war is
brewing between angels and demons, unrelenting detective Jonah Wright is on the
prowl for a vicious killer. When a demon murders someone dearly close to him,
Wright will go through every monster to get to the assassin.
Wright and his partner have been closely following a series
of murders. Based on the crime photos, the victims look like they have been
nastily torn apart by a wild animal. The only clue these detectives have leads
back to an important congresswoman who refuses to cooperate. Is she holding
back an important clue? Why is she so interested in immunity?
After an address is given to them, Wright and his partner
quickly arrive at the next crime scene, only to find a dead body. Wright
carefully studies the dead man’s chest, which has been sliced open, while the
mysterious killer is crawling on the ceiling. But just when he’s spotted by
Wright, the killer suddenly turns into a blazing creature and tries to rip
Wright’s heart out from his chest. Since he was a kid, Wright thought monsters
used to hide in the closets. Now dying, he realizes just how wrong he was.
Right before drifting into unconsciousness, though, Wright
witnesses his partner spreading his wings and transforming into an angel! High
above the streets, the angel and fiery demon fight in the sky. The only way to
defeat an angel is to chop off its wings. Wright’s partner howls in pain as a
sword is plunged straight through his heart.
Writer Kevin McCarthy delivers a police procedural with
supernatural elements. EPOCH is also a traditional revenge tale, as Detective
Wright goes on a never-ending search for his partner’s killer. Consumed with
vengeance, Wright will do anything it takes to find the culprit. Paolo
Pantalena’s glossy artwork is a joy, with the highlight being the battle
between the angel and demon. And the colors by Jorge Fares punctuate the
emotional distress in the panels, especially in the opening narration. EPOCH
#1, the first of a five-issue mini-series, establishes an interesting murder
mystery with a list of possible suspects.
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