(W) Steve Orlando (A) Amancay Nahuelpan (CA) Philip Tan In Shops: Nov 13, 2019 SRP: $3.99
The monsters have united in the aftermath of Melmoth’s attack, but one of their own has gone missing! Andrew Bennett, a.k.a. I, Vampire, has gone straight to the source of the evil that threatens the city, but the fanged one finds attacking Melmoth’s acolytes is biting off a little more than he can chew. Frankenstein leads Killer Croc, Lady Clayface, Orca, and the mysterious Red Phantom on a chase through the Gotham underground to try to rescue Bennett and shut down whatever Melmoth has planned next. But will their showdown at the Gotham City Zoo attract the attention of any of Gotham’s other protectors? Batwoman, perhaps?
(W) Steve Orlando (A) Amancay Nahuelpan (CA) Philip Tan In Shops: Oct 09, 2019 SRP: $3.99
Melmoth’s attack on Gotham City has immediate consequences for the denizens of Monster Town, and the losses suffered by Frankenstein and the other monsters have suddenly made this very, very personal. It’s up to Frankie to convince his cohorts that they need to band together against this common threat, lest all of Gotham-nay, the Multiverse!-fall to the might of his old master. But before they can do that, they must first answer the question: Who is the Red Phantom?
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
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(W) Steve Orlando (A) Amancay Nahuelpan (CA) Philip Tan In Shops: Sep 11, 2019 SRP: $3.99
Leviathan has dismantled S.H.A.D.E.-and that means Frankenstein is once again a free agent! Now he can set his sights on his former mentor, Melmoth, the one evil that got away. With bad things happening all across the Multiverse, this may be Frankenstein’s last shot at setting things right. Of course, Melmoth has his own agenda, and it’s going to take more than a lone monster to take him down. So Frankenstein heads to Gotham City in search of allies and recruits Killer Croc, Lady Clayface, Orca and vampire Andrew Bennett. But will even these dread creatures be enough to save humanity before the entire cosmos collapses in on itself?
(W) Andy Kubert, Tim Seeley, Steve Orlando, Mairghread Scott, Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing (A) Eduardo Risso, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Carlos D’Anda, Amancay Nahuelpan (CA) Andy Kubert In Shops: Jul 31, 2019 SRP: $4.99
“City of Bane” is upon us! Bane’s conquering Gotham City, but he’s not doing it alone. In this Secret Files issue, read about Bane and his cabal: The Joker, the Riddler, Hugo Strange and the Psycho-Pirate. Brutal stories of madness, murder and hatred done by some of comics’ greatest talents!
(W) James Tynion IV, Saladin Ahmed, Cecil Castellucci, Kyle Higgins, Jeff Loveness, Others (A) Tom Grummett, Kyle Hotz, Elena Casagrande, Max Dunbar, Others (CA) Joelle Jones In Shops: Jan 30, 2019 SRP: $9.99
Sometimes love can make you feel like you’re from another planet…but what if you actually were? Join Superman, The New Gods, Green Lantern, Starro, Hawkgirl and even the Teen Titans’ new sensation Crush for eight tales of romance that will whisk you to the moon and back!
This year’s showcase of some of the next generation’s talented creators is here with a wide range of stories in both characters and those crafting them.
New Talent Showcase 2018 features Philip Kennedy Johnson, Joey Esposito, Sanya Anwar, Ryan Cady, Magdalene Visaggio, Robert Jeffrey II, Amancay Nahuelpan, Priscilla Petraites, Dominike “Domo” Stanton, Max Raynor, Isaac Goodhart, and Aneke.
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(W) Philip Kennedy Johnson, Joey Esposito, Sanya Anwar, Ryan Cady, Magdalene Visaggio, Robert Jeffrey II (A) Amancay Nahuelpan, Priscilla Petraites, Dominike “Domo” Stanton, Max Raynor, Isaac Goodhart, Aneke In Shops: Dec 12, 2018 SRP: $7.99
The latest graduates from the DC Talent Development Workshops show off their skills by telling stories about some of DC’s greatest characters including Batman, Catwoman, John Constantine, Wonder Woman, Zatanna and more!
(W) Ben Percy (A) Amancay Nahuelpan (CA) Mike Perkins
In Shops: Sep 19, 2018
What happens when the race is no longer against each other, but against Leviathan itself? As the head of the snake reappears, and as our heroes are allied against a common enemy, the bike race changes gears and the prize comes into focus-a chance for the winner to sit in the Mobius chair and ask one question.
(W) Ben Percy (A) Amancay Nahuelpan (CA) Mike Perkins
In Shops: Sep 05, 2018
Guest-starring the Silencer! Dick Grayson is forced to participate in the world’s greatest motorcycle race, a three-day affair hosted on a remote island and populated by the greatest riders on the planet. Nightwing reluctantly complies, but only to save the life of an old friend. That brings him into competition with the Silencer, who’s also racing to save a friend. Only one rider can win…so who’s gonna leg this one out? That’s if they survive the onslaught of super-criminals in the race as well.