This week Erik Galston brings you a new comic to check out.
This past Monday we celebrated Halloween. In honor of that holiday this week's Comic You Should Be Reading is Legion of Monsters; featuring a story by Dennis Hopeless and art by the amazing Juan Doe. Marvel has always had a great group of monsters, and this brings them all together.
What's it about? The story follows up on story elements first introduced in Rick Remenders' Franken Castle arc of The Punisher. Morbius the Living Vampire, Werewolf by Night, The Living Mummy and Manphibian are police officers patrolling the underground Monster Metropolis. Still being new to the job, the group doesn't really gel completely. At the same time, Elsa Bloodstone of Nextwave fame is busy hunting down a monster on a killing spree in England. Both storylines converge and the real story starts to take shape.
Why is it awesome? One word, monsters. That's why it's awesome. To see the typical "Universal Monsters" arch-types working together is great. Add in Elsa Bloodstone who by nature doesn't get along with monsters, and you have both drama and comedy at the same time. Elsa is the exact same character as the character from Nextwave. Throw all these elements into one comic and you have a great set up for a story. The main reason I love this book is Juan Doe's amazing covers and interior pencils. The art is exciting and different. It's definitely not your "typical" superhero artwork. The characters are well written.
Will I like this book? If you are a fan of Nextwave, the television series Buffy or Supernatural, or monsters in general you should like this book. The book in a way, with its humor is a natural next step for the character of Elsa Bloodstone. If you want something, somewhat in the same tone of Nextwave, this book is a good choice. The nice thing about this series, is you don't really need a background on any of the characters, but it's helpful.
Where do I start? The first issue of the 4 part series is in comic stores now.
Written or Contributed by: Erik Galston