"Monsters Among Us: A War of Witches" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Tidal Wave Productions
Written by Andrew Shayde
Illustrated by David Martens
2017, 26 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on March 24th, 2017
Stop me if you've heard this one. A mothman, a chubacabra, and a witch walk into a bar. Or rather, they work together to protect monsters big and small from humanity and presumably other monsters. When Mothman's past comes back to haunt him in the form of an evil witch sent by the devil, the team bands together to kick some ass Oz style.
Monsters Among Us has a decent enough premise. The idea of these supernatural creatures working together for the betterment of monster-kind is rife with possibilities. However, the book falters on the execution. This is a one-shot that offers little to no information as to how the group got together or why they're doing this. I learned more from the solicitation text for the comic than what is actually in the pages.
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Additionally, the witch battle just sort of happens. One moment the group is sharing tales by the fire and the next they've been transported to an abandoned amusement park under attack by the wicked witch of the Ferris wheel. One thing that is clear, however, is everyone's intentions. You get that because they rattle off every thought that comes into their heads like they're a Bond villain setting up a master plan.
The fight scenes are super hero caliber with some impressive shots of monster-on-monster action. Artist David Martens' layouts keep the tension high as fireballs are thrown and a horde of dead children rise. The anatomy of some of the characters, primarily Aura the good witch, is a little off. This can mainly be seen in her head. It's often stretched out too far and drawn too large for the rest of her body. It stands out like a sore thumb and once you notice it, you can't not see it.
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Conversely, the design for the bad witch (literally named The Blair Witch. Is that a copyright infringement?) is pretty solid. She wears this old, Victorian style dress that has begun to decompose. It's dark and filthy, like she's been in the ground for ages. Her skin is decrepit and peeling off. She's a monster, pure and simple.
There are some previous Monsters Among Us stories and perhaps they fill in the details on this strange group of characters and how they came together. As a one-shot, it doesn't fill in any of that information, despite the fact that everyone is very comfortable serving as an exposition machine. The uneven artwork doesn't help matters. This is disappointing because there could be some really cool stories in here, but it just doesn't stick the landing.