Posts Tagged ‘Where Monsters Dwell’

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Where Monsters Dwell came to a close last week with its fifth issue.  Karl found himself in a predicament where he needed a few very important parts in order to get his plane flying again.  In this issue, he needs to get the parts back to his plane in order to escape from the tribe of Amazons.  Ennis finishes up the story nicely here, with a little bit of humor injected into some pretty dark and serious scenes.  It makes us wonder which of the characters in this story is the hero and which is the villain, and in the end, which one will ultimately have the last laugh.  There were a few moments that made me laugh out loud, but overall this was a relatively serious story.  Braun’s artwork is solid.  A little cartoony in spots, but just serious enough to be taken seriously.  This issue also has a lot of facial close ups that display his skill at drawing emotions into a character’s expressions.  This series was easily one of the best Secret Wars tie-ins, and I would highly recommend it if you’re into dark comedy stories.

The Verdict for Where Monsters Dwell #5:
5 out of 5

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When we last left our hero, he was about to be separated from a… uh… smaller portion of himself by the members of the Amazonian-like tribe of women which his one-time passenger Clementine has joined.  All he wants to do is fix his plane and fly out of this place.  One of the best features of this story continues to be the comedy.  It’s genuinely funny to see the situations that Karl finds himself in and has to get out of.  In this issue it’s even remarked that his stupidity saves his life, which is kind of true.  This issue brings a little more of the fun factor back to the series, but the last page and preview for the final issue seem to have more of the dark and sinister tone that we saw in issue #3.  It should be interesting to see what the final issue has in store.

The Verdict for Where Monsters Dwell #4:
4/5 – I can dig it.

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Upcoming reviews:
Secret Wars Journal #4
Civil War #3 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
Old Man Logan #4 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
X-Men ’92 #3 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
The Wicked + The Divine, Volume 1: The Faust Act

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I’m a little behind, so I’m going to be doing some shorter reviews until I catch up, which will hopefully be later this week.

Garth Ennis and Russ Braun continue to deliver one of the more fun titles to come out of Secret Wars, with Where Monsters Dwell.  Issue #3 is no exception.  The story does take a slightly strange and interesting turn in this issue, but it still manages to keep the plot engaging.  The comedy is still there, although it does come with a slightly darker and somewhat more serious tone in the third issue.  Braun’s artwork still fits with the story perfectly, in that it’s slightly cartoonish, but not overly so.  Overall, I’m still really enjoying this series, but this issue just wasn’t as good for me as the first two.

The Verdict for Where Monsters Dwell #3:
4/5 – I can dig it.

Until next time,
Stay nerdy, my friends.

Upcoming reviews:
March of the Crabs, Volume 1: The Crabby Condition
Planet Hulk #3 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
Old Man Logan #3 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
Weirdworld #2 (Secret Wars Tie-In)

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In Where Monsters Dwell #2 Garth Ennis and Russ Braun continue the story of Karl Kaufmann and his passenger Clemmie, after they’ve crashed in the Valley of Flame to discover that it’s populated by dinosaurs and other creatures that should be long extinct.

The pacing and comedy of this issue are very similar to the first.  It’s almost reminiscent of watching Gilligan’s Island… except here there are gigantic monsters that want to kill our main characters around every turn.  Ennis’ dialogue paired with Braun’s artwork make for terrific comedic timing, and a thoroughly fun story to read.  Also, with Marvel seemingly pushing as much diversity as possible lately, it is nice to see a genuinely strong female lead character.

Braun’s art is still slightly cartoonish, but it doesn’t really bother me with this story.  For some reason it just seems to fit perfectly with the events and setting that we’re given.  That being said, there are also some pretty violent scenes in this comic as well, after all, giant monsters have to eat something…

At the end of the day, I won’t go so far as to say this is the best series to come out of Secret Wars, but an argument could certainly be made for this one being the most fun to read.  That fun factor paired with solid writing and artwork could turn this into the sleeper hit of the entire event.

The Verdict for Where Monsters Dwell #2:
5/5 – Must Have Moar!!!

Until next time,
Stay nerdy, my friends.

Upcoming reviews:
Planet Hulk #2 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
X-Men ’92 #1 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
East of West, Volume 4: Who Wants War TPB
March of the Crabs, Volume 1: The Crabby Condition