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Review: Marilyn’s Monsters Vol. 1

Marilyn's Monsters Vol. 1

One of the most mesmerizing and enigmatic stars ever in movies is Marilyn Monroe. Her image is forever eternalized by her films, her personality, and her offscreen encounters. It all combined to make her one of our first Hollywood immortals.

I remember the first movie I saw her in and it still remains one of my favorite movies of all time, Some Like It Hot. It’s a film whose iconic scene made her a sex symbol. Eventually, I would go on to see her other films which was a mixed bag as far as quality. Her star power endures even in those.

Even through those movies, who she was as a person still remained a mystery. It was not until I watched Norma Jean and Marilyn and realized how the woman she would need to be was completely different from who she really was. Even after watching that film and even reading some books about her, there is still so much that’s unknown about this icon.

In Tommy Redolfi’s Marilyn’s Monsters, we get an innovative retelling of the story of the woman we know as Marilyn Monroe. It mixes a bit of the mystical into a wonderful alchemy that gives readers and Monroe fans a new way at looking at this screen legend.

We meet Norma Jean Baker, as she first arrives in Hollywood, wide eyed and bushy tailed, ready to start what she believes to be her bright future. She moves into a small but mysterious community, where has-beens and misfits mostly inhabit, and is lead by its mysterious founders.  She soon finds out just how hard it is to make it in the movie business, as she makes call after call, trying to get an agent to represent her to no success until one phone call leads her to take the infamous nude photo spread, which would become famous after her death. But, in this tale these photographs emit some paranormal powers that cannot comprehended.

Overall, it’s a spellbinding graphic novel that gives an inimitable look at the movie icon through all her beauty and anguish through the kaleidoscope of abstract thinking and a paranormal thriller. The story by Redolfi is effusive, clever, and well researched. The art by Redolfi feels like a lustrous hallucination while evoking all the elegance and exquisiteness of its main subject. By book’s end, even if you know her story you will more than have a new appreciation and even some sorrow for this movie star who had left this earth too soon.

Story: Tommy Redolfi Art: Tommy Redolfi
Translation: Mark Bence and Tommy Redolfi
Story: 10 Art: 9.6 Overall: 9.9 Recommendation: Buy