Review: MONOCYTE #1

Always remember, there is more to comic books than just superheroes.

IDW’s new mini-series, MONOCYTE, debuted at New York Comic Con, giving audiences an early look at the unsettling, yet captivating first issue by menton3 with Kasra Ghanbari, with art and covers by menton3 (Zombies vs. Robots Adventure, Silent Hill: Past Life).

Taking place in Earth’s distant future, this bizarre new book drops the reader in the middle of an unending conflict between two immortal offshoots of the human race, ruling over a ravaged world, and fighting a relentless war for control of the souls of the remaining humans.  Death, himself, looks on, incapable of action, and strikes a deal with Monocyte, the one-eyed necromancer whose only remaining desire is to die.  Acting as Death’s agent, Monocyte lashes out against the warring factions, hoping to bring an end to both their conflict and his own existence.

The story is told in a striking, almost disturbing art style, featuring dark, monochromatic characters and environments.  Through both words and art, menton3 creates a macabre setting, blurring the lines between fantasy, technology, life, and death.  Certain images of the warring races evoke thoughts of Hell and Armageddon, depicting the two sides as wraith-like beings, converging in a sea of writhing human bodies in a desolate wasteland.  But, while MONOCYTE may sound like a fairly straightforward story with gruesome visuals, its underlying political, technological, and philosophical themes are fascinating enough to bring back readers for the next three installments.

IDW’s MONOCYTE #1 is on comic shop shelves now!

Written by: Rob "T3K" Piontek

Rob is excited to be contributing to The Fridge. With one finger on the pulse of Marvel/DC and another on that of Hollywood's superhero franchises, no multi-issue arc or casting rumor is too small to report. When Rob opens The Fridge, the light inside shines green!

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