"Monoctye #2" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by IDW Publishing
Written by Menton3 & Kasra Ghanbari
Illustrated by Menton3
2011, 36 Pages, $3.99
Comic Book released on December 28th, 2011
The desolate future world seen in the pages of Monocyte gets a little bloodier this month as the second issue hits the stands. The one-eyed necromancer literally tears through hordes of creatures as the members of two immortal races watch on as death comes for them.
I'd be lying if I said that I fully understood everything that's going on in Monocyte. This is an epic tale spread out over the course of four issues that are being released bi-monthly. I flipped through the first issue before reading this, but I'm still not entirely sure of the events that are occurring. Monocyte is a thinking man's comic...that happens to feature a ton of bloodshed.
Despite this, Menton3's art is just so damn beautiful that I don't care. There doesn't even have to be a story accompanying his work because it's that good. You could ignore all of the dialogue throughout the issue and still get a sense of what's going on as the title character confronts his foes. What's amazing is that Menton3 depicts Monocyte with emotion. There are some panels where you can see a hint of sadness in the one-eyed being's face.
As with the premiere issue, there are two bonus short stories included by other creators. The first is written by Alan Hubbard and illustrated by Chris Newman detailing what appears to be a human sacrifice. The second story is written and drawn by Ben Templesmith. I'm honestly not sure what to make of Templesmith's story, which shows a group of fat naked dudes rolling around before getting slaughtered, but damn does it look good.
Monocyte is certainly not for everyone, but if you're looking for something more from your comics, then look no further. This is not a dumbed down story consisting solely of big dudes punching other big dudes. This is so much more and I'm looking forward to reading it in its entirety to hopefully fully grasp the story that Menton3 and co-author Kasra Ghanbari are telling. At the very least I can just sit back and stare at the amazing artwork.
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