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Something Epic #2

83
Comicscore Index
Universal acclaim

Based on 8 critic ratings.

Danny dips further into the imaginary world. He believes he’s unable to interact with its inhabitants but he finds solace in the absurdity of creativity despite the solitude his power brings.

Publication Date
Publisher
Format
Kindle Edition
Print Length
29 pages
Language
English
Amazon ASIN
B0C6MZXT5G

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8 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Comic Crusaders

    I don’t know what to say, other than kudos and massive props for this work of art. This type of comic shows us that it’s not all about explosions, fight scenes, blood, or even jokes (which, by the way, Szymon even manages to throw in a couple of jokes here and there to ease your tension), but that a story can also be sad and downright profound and still be just as captivating as the superhero flavor of the week. The lettering by DC Hopkins is great, the art is wonderful, and the writing is amazing. The cover leaves a little to be desired, but overall, this really is something epic.

  • 100

    COMICON

    Something Epic continues to parallel the harsh realities we have all been forced to face from time to time and the characters we use to help us escape those stressors made manifest. Szymon Kudranski provides one of the most intelligently crafted commentaries on how we as people navigate this thing called life that I have ever seen.

  • 95

    GWW

    “Something Epic” stands unrivaled in its brilliance, truly exemplifying the art of storytelling. It cuts deep, evoking a plethora of emotions within its pages, and may appear slow-paced. However, this is not a sprint; it’s a book meant to be savored and enjoyed. Take your time with it, and relish every second. There’s so much more I could say, but I fear it would detract from the brilliance of Szymon Kudranski. In conclusion, you will not find anything in this world that can truly compare to “Something Epic”; quite simply put, it is peerless.

  • 92

    Comic Watch

    If the first issue of Something Epic was Szymon Kudranski’s Valentine to the transformative power of imagination and the way that time and practical life experience diminishes it, Something Epic #2 is a more somber look at how imagination resurges as an antibody to help us cope with loss and headache. Just as beautifully illustrated as the first installment, the second chapter has a decidedly darker tone as our protagonist, now aged 14, processes his mother’s slow and devastating fight with cancer. Imagination becomes a proxy for dealing with dark feelings and processes harsh realities that come along too quickly for adolescent minds to cope.

    Kudranski’s artistic approach to this issue exudes a raw and noir-infused essence, delving into somber and contemplative subjects while evoking strong emotions. His illustrations here possess an atmospheric and melancholic quality, utilizing striking lines and shadows to evoke a profound sense of depth and theatricality. Witnessing these qualities in Kudranski’s original creation is truly thrilling, as it showcases an unparalleled emotional depth.

    As this issue builds to a crescendo the larger story begins to emerge. The rage that comes from helplessness and the promise of love and intimacy intertwine as Danny Dillon begins to harness a swell of emotion from creativity to creation. Like this book, it’s a wonder to behold.

  • 85

    Comic Book Revolution

    The first issue introduced us to how Szymon Kudranski will be implementing imagination to explore a young kid, Danny Dillon, as he has a growing sense of isolation from the real world. Something Epic #2 takes that set-up to create all sorts of emotions from the reader as the story unfolds. All that while Danny reaction in a stoic manner to how his creative mind is creating all these imaginative figures and images that anyone else would view as epic.

    One of the constant reactions there is from reading Something Epic #2 is a sense of unease. The story isn’t a scary one but there are a lot of hints of the horror genre. The unease is created by the way Kudranski contrast the various animation styles for the characters Danny is imagining compared to the real world. Kudranski once again showcases his incredible talent as an artist to give incredible detail to art style that is implemented.

  • 84

    You Don't Read Comics

    Kudraski is taking his time with the story. There may be a lot of jumping around through the patchwork psyche of Danny, but theres a definite rhythm to his progression through the major events of the series thus far. If Kudraski were to move any more quickly through Dannys life than he has been in the course of the first couple of issues, Dannys creative life would feel more or less totally indecipherable. The erratic nature of Dannys interior life demands a slow and determined march. Given enough time, Kudraski could build Something Epic into a major coming-of-age story.

  • 70

    ComicBook.com

    Something Epic #2 opens with an almost silent page with a single caption at the bottom that reads, “Words.” Upon turning the page, readers are greeted by an overwhelming wall of text framing a two-page splash. Ironically, the text is a diatribe about how much more powerful and efficient images are than written and spoken language. It may be purposeful, given how much the first issue of Something Epic seemed to be about extolling the specialness of artists, and indeed, the barrier between character and creator feels perilously thin as readers take in Danny’s internal thoughts about superhero stories and shonen manga. These thoughts feel like odd asides distracting from a poignant story that Szymon Kudranski is weaving about Danny, his ill mother, his supportive aunt, and the power and peril of taking refuge in creative endeavors. Kudranksi builds a world to suit the story, one that’s realistic and dark, as if constantly in shadow, which makes the cartoon characters that only Danny can see pop with purpose off of the page. Perhaps those internal monologues that read like essays will become more relevant as Something Epic reveals more about the rules and secrets of the imaginary world and Danny’s increasingly dangerous relationship with it, making them more than curious, if at least refreshingly personal, sidetracks.

  • 70

    AIPT

    I’d hope the end goal is to further bridge any gaps, especially between the magic of the premise and Daniel’s isolation — only then will both elements feel important and finally unified. Issue #2 made some Iron Giant-sized steps to get there, but only time will tell if this story has potential or we just imagined it entirely.

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