Review: Monsters Unleashed #5

The final chapter is here as the Monsters Unleashed mini-event wraps up leading into the new Monsters Unleashed ongoing series out in April. This is it! The odds are stacked against our heroes and the situation seems dire. What is the imagination of Kid Kaiju worth up against the queen of the leviathans? Well, in this comic we find out in a finale that feels like it takes a page from 90s Japanese import kids shows in some ways.

Writer Cullen Bunn brings together in a way that they click making the series overall feel like an action series aimed at Tweens featuring crazy monsters and something that reminds me so much of Power Rangers and Voltron. But beyond the action elements, the issue shares more with those modern classic kids shows. Between those action segments, we’re filled with quippy jokes, and inspirational speeches and statements like “it takes five fingers to form a fist.” There’s something Afterschool Special set in a spandex world about it all that makes it charming in a way. Definitely geared towards the younger set, I see the potential here, but still a bit baffled as to how a whole series will spin out of this event and the character of Kid Kaiju.

You can really see Bunn’s influences with the series in this final issue which definitely changes the tone of things overall. For the first four issues, and the spin-offs, I’d have said the influence of the series is squarely in classics like Godzilla or the recent Pacific Rim, but in this final issue things change a bit as the series puts the spotlight on Kid Kaiju and letting him loose. There’s something fun about it all and while elements felt familiar, it’s such a different direction that it’s a bit unexpected (though telegraphed for a few issues).

The art by Adam Kubert is pretty decent. There’s issues with panels where the character design isn’t solid with some characters looking a bit rough and the bigger action sequences though entertaining the action is a bit muddled too. It’s not bad though and like the writing and plot, the art is fun and feels aimed at a younger reader.

This final issue twists things a bit which is good as it’s an improvement over the last four issues. Kid Kaiju steps up to take on the enemy and his powers are interesting harkening back to some retro stories. It’s clear what the intended audience is for the upcoming series based on this final issue, but I’m also a little baffled how an ongoing series is spinning out of this. I have some ideas and this final issue has me intrigued as to what’s up. What’s really impressive is this final issue boosts what has come before and makes the whole series an interesting read.

Story: Cullen Bunn Art: Adam Kubert
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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