"Tales of Mr. Rhee: Those Who Fight Monsters... #1" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Devil's Due Entertainment
Written by Dirk Manning
Illustrated by Marianna Pescosta & Alessandro de Fornasari
2016, 26 Pages, $1.99
Comic released on November 25th, 2015
When we last left Mr. Rhee, he was in an insane asylum...or he just failed to save some kids. See, the first volume, Procreation of the Wicked, stranded Rhee in the looney bin, but the second volume, Karmageddon, picked up some time later with him already being released. How did he get out? What happened in between? Now we seem to be figuring that out as the third volume begins with Those Who Fight Monsters...
This issue of Tales of Mr. Rhee is a homecoming of sorts. It eases you into the character's life once more and before you know it, you're pulled in. Writer Dirk Manning gets you up to speed on the man's life, including how he got out of the insane asylum. It serves as a good refresher course for anyone that missed Procreation of the Wicked. This is shared over a cup of coffee with an old friend...who happens to be a monster. Brad the demonic DJ returns to catch up with his old buddy, whom he hasn't seen in a few months. The conversation is casual yet intriguing.
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You can tell that Rhee is a changed man. He fights monsters in a world where “Post-Rapture Adjustment Disorder Syndrome” is a thing. Rhee was at the end of his rope questioning reality when a saving grace pulled him back from the edge. There's a softness to him, like he's unsure of what to do next. It makes you wonder what happens to him to bring back that hardness seen in Karmageddon.
Artists Marianna Pescosta & Alessandro de Fornasari don't let you forget this is a horror book. The flashbacks show some pretty brutal images from Procreation of the Wicked, serving as a reminder of the unspeakable evil Rhee is up against. These are interspersed with the warm conversation between Rhee and Brad. The two are old friends and it shows with a comfort between them.
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Just when you think there's a ray of sunlight in this world as the issue wraps up, the creative team puts together one helluva closer. It's a gruesome scene that serves as a fitting cap to the book, like a dark cloud of foreboding of things to come.
Dirk Manning has a plan for Mr. Rhee. I have a feeling it's filled with bloodshed and heartbreak. Like a train wreck, I can't help but stare at the carnage. This issue is a bit on the mellower side, but serves as a great RHEE-introduction (see what I did there?) to the character. It's a reminder of the lengths he's gone to fight evil and the lengths evil will go to fight him back. I can't wait to read more.