Review: Gotham City Monsters #1

Gotham City Monsters #1

Gotham City Monsters #1 spins out of the current events in the DC concerning Leviathan. S.H.A.D.E. has been destroyed which leaves Frankenstein out on his own but on a mission.

Focusing on the monsters aspect of the DC Universe, the series is set in Monstertown, a neighborhood of Gotham. The concept always seemed a bit odd to me and never quite fleshed out. Writer Steve Orlando uses it as a perfect backdrop giving it some justice though the oddity still stands.

Frankenstein is out to continue the work he did before and in our introduction to him the comic stands out. We get glimpses of interesting as he deals with a living disease that needs to be taken care of. This noir/X-Files type feel stands out in a way that’s different.

Andrew Bennett, Killer Croc, Lady Clayface, and Orca round up the eventual team that will take on Melmoth. The comic features short glimpses as to why they’ll eventually come together. It’s quick and at times entertaining but there’s a lack of something that really hooks you. None of it is bad but there’s a spark that’s missing.

The art by Amancay Nahuelpan is interesting. There’s a somewhat comedic feel at times to it all which belies the horror aspect of the characters. Along with color by Trish Mulvihill and lettering by Tom Napolitano, it all comes together for a design that’s nice and unique but never quite matches the tone of the story. Monsters and horror, the comic could have a much darker look to it all. Instead, we get somewhere inbetween that dark and a standard superhero style. The look, much like the story, never quite clicks.

Gotham City Monsters #1 is an odd one. While the comic itself is entertaining it never quite makes the case as to why it needs to exist. With so many events and such a big story it ties in to, there’s never a real sense of urgency or threat. The tone too in design and story never quite matches the concept both being a little light for what should be more serious. There’s potential here but this may be one to wait for the eventual trade.

Story: Steve Orlando Art: Amancay Nahuelpan
Color: Trish Mulvihill Letters: Tom Napolitano
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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