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Review – Gotham City Monsters #2 (DC Comics)

gotham city monsters #2 (DC comics) cover art (detail) by Philip Tan
Gotham City Monsters #2
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7.7/10
7.7/10
  • Writing - 8/10
    8/10
  • Art - 7.5/10
    7.5/10
  • Overall - 7.7/10
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Summary

Writer: Steve Orlando
Artist: Amancay Nahuelpan
Colorist: Trish Mulvihill
Letterer: Tom Napolitano 
Maturity Rating: Teen +
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: October 9, 2019

Melmoth has to be stopped at all costs and Frankenstein has just the crew to do it.

 

“Monster Squad” Gotham City Monsters #2

Melmoth has made his move, attacking a theater in aptly-named Monster Town. He has a plan to tackle the problem with the “Source Wall” and fix the DC Universe, but that also involves a lot of death and destruction. Frankenstein has unfinished business with Melmoth and will stop him at all costs! In Gotham City Monsters #2 Melmoth’s plan is in full swing as he starts pulling different strings. Frankenstein realizes he needs a whole crew of monsters to take down Melmoth. Luckily, Monster Town is just the place to put together his ragtag group.

Writing

gotham city monsters #2 (DC comics )cover art by Philip Tan
Gotham City Monsters #2 (DC Comics) cover art by Philip Tan

Okay, so, even after reading Gotham City Monsters #2 I am not 100% sure why Melmoth is such a big deal or exactly what he plans on doing in this six-issue mini-series. But Steve Orlando has given me enough to grasp onto the story. I hold a thin string of what is happening and why, and that is just enough to keep me engaged.

What really keeps me coming back to this series is Frankenstein. Just as noted in my review of the first issue, I need Steve Orlando to write DC’s Frankenstein all the time. I mean, he insults Melmoth’s goons by calling them—and I quote—”weak-ankled”. He also tells a team member they will drink from the “cup of vengeance”. I mean, it is hard for me not to not like a book that has Frankenstein spouting lines like that.

I do like that Orlando doesn’t string out the whole “getting the team together” ordeal. With only six issues to work with, he gets it all done and the Gotham City Monsters are together by the end of this issue. It plays out well, it doesn’t feel rushed, and Frankenstein has a good reason to pick out the members of the team.

Art

Amancay Nahuelpan continues on art duties in Gotham City Monsters #2. While I still have some issues with some body positioning and overall some odd visual angles, the art is, all around, pretty solid. It is probably not all Nahuelpan’s fault, but Orca is in desperate need of a new design; she just looks very odd and out of place. Even with all the weird creatures on the pages, she stands out, and not in a good way. She looks like a rejected Street Sharks design.

I do like Nahuelpan’s design for a new character that you see on the cover of Gotham City Monsters #2. “The Red Phantom” is a nice creepy-looking demon-like creature that Nahuelpan captures well (Orlando gives a nice backstory as well). Besides the Orca character, Nahuelpan does a good job on all the other characters. I especially love Killer Croc. Nahuelpan gives a wonderful textured look to his skin that looks fantastic on the pages.

I think Trish Mulvihill captures the “essence” of the series well with her colors. It is light and dark, and catches the serious-yet-goofy tone of the series perfectly.

Conclusion

Gotham City Monsters #2 is exactly the kind of book I like to read around this time of year. It has all types of weird monsters running around, it is a bit serious and it is a bit absurd and silly all at the same time. It is a little horror and a little comedy and it leans into each of those well throughout the story. While it is not “perfect”, I can’t help but have a good time while reading this during the spookiest month of the year.


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Brent Jackson

Brent is happily married and an avid comic book consumer who loves nothing more than the smell of comics in the morning and diving through a long box of back issues. By day he is a nutritionist and has also been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 10 years. He is probably not the coolest person you have ever met. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @brentjackson30

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