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Tuesday, September 21, 2004
Mr. Monster: Worlds War II
I've never actually read a comic with Mr. Monster in it before, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I cracked this one open. It's funny. No, I mean it's really funny. I was having a rough week, and what I really needed to cheer me up was a super-hero in an absurd situation doing horrible things to bad guys, and this was exactly the remedy I needed.
The story opens with a flash-back to 1953, and the first foray of the Nazi Martians to Earth. Yes, you read that right: Nazi Martians. The very concept alone makes me happy in a "wrong, but funny" kind of way. Fifteen years later the Nazi Martian's brain-controlled agent, Col. Walter Wood, is busy distracting Doc Stearn and the US Military so that they will be unavailable to fight against the invasion. Luckily a brave hippie reporter, Acid Annie, manages to sneak into the highly guarded and on alert Air Force base to let Doc Stearn know that Mr. Monster is needed to fight the alien menace. Which he does for a gloriously gory 48 pages, leading up to a climactic battle with the Nazi Martian leader...nah, I'm not going to spoil the surprise. It's good, though, in that "wrong, but funny" kind of way again.
Michael Gilbert's story is absurd and clever and filled with more references to classic Sci-Fi movies than even I could keep track of. The pencils and inks of George Freeman are quite attractive and remind me quite a bit of Bernie Wrightson's work, which is very apt given the subject matter. The whole package is in color for $6.99 from Atomeka and will be on sale at all good comic book stores...well, tomorrow actually. It's well worth the price, especially for connoisseurs of the groteseque and humorous like myself.