Monster Planet

Written by Joe Brusha
Artwork by Marcelo Mueller
Coloured by Maxflan Araujo
Lettered by Taylor Esposito
Edited by Kellee Supplee
Art Direction & Design by Christopher Cote
Published by Zenescope Entertainment

Mankind has all but been wiped out, decimated by a virus that turns us into primal beasts. Only a handful of humans are left struggling to survive in a hostile world. But scientists among them have discovered a way to cure the virus. To save us they must call on monsters of our nightmares—vampires, werewolves and worse—who hold the key to the cure. Now, one team is in a race against time to find the lord of the vampires and convince him to help save the thing he despises most…man.

Upon seeing the front cover of this first issue, immediately I was excited by what this story could offer. This ragtag group of both humans and monsters uniting against a common threat presents the book with a fairly unique concept. The pacing of this first issue has been carefully managed and we follow a small assault team that is made up of very individual and unique people who are searching for a vampire. The dynamic that’s presented with how these characters interact with each other shows us how carefully writer Joe Brusha has planned this story and how all the characters are managed in one scene.

Marcelo Mueller’s artwork on this was absolutely compelling. The way he was able to capture all these unique characters and provide equal detail for every person that appears on the page. A prime example of such detail is at the beginning of the book where we’re presented with a werewolf in pursuit. The detail that’s gone in to animating that character’s facial expressions, for one panel in particular is a credit to the hard work that has gone in to these pages. The overall design for all the creatures has set a very specific tone for the premise of the book. For me personally, it’s a serious story which features some very fun elements within these characters. This naturally leads me on to the colouring of the book. Colourist, Maxflan Araujo has elevated the artwork with a brilliant pallet that again adds to a sense of realism within a world of fiction.

I must also give credit to letterer, Taylor Esposito for organising the dialogue boxes with such precision. Particularly when it comes to a narration format, I believe it’s important that nothing physically interferes with this form of storytelling and the choice of colours and fonts used for the letters prevents the reader from getting lost. Very clear boxes throughout and I thought it was organised well when there were scenes with a group of characters, each with their piece to say.

On the whole I was very impressed with this first issue. It provided a great structure and a clear set up to the next four books. I was happy with the outlining plot and how it establishes the threat of new monsters against not only the humans but also characters such as the werewolf and vampire and a clear need for all these characters to unite to combat this new threat. A very original story that looks to be exciting and fun for readers. I would hope that future issues would shed some light on how this virus got out and perhaps explore what exactly it did and to whom. A great introduction to Monster Planet and I’m confident it will be a satisfying read.

Rating: 5/5

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Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments, and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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