Monsters Unleashed #9
Written by: Justin Jordan
Art by: Francesco Gastón
With the help of creature expert, Elsa Bloodstone, and the crack professionalism of Damage Control, Kei Kawade and his team of beastly creations travel the world protecting the innocent from monstrous threats. No beast can harm the world when Kid Kaiju is on guard with his Monsters Unleashed!
Last time in Monsters Unleashed: Kei had a rather unnerving experience when he accidentally summoned an alternate universe version of Fin Fang Foom to the Savage Land. This “Poison” Foom turned out to be the messenger for a dark force of monstrous alternate versions of Marvel’s greatest heroes. Through the help of Elsa and a stern talking to from Fin Fang Foom proper, Kei found his inner strength and empowered his monsters to defeat Poison Foom. But the fight seems to be only just beginning. The Poison heroes are out there still and waiting for their moment to strike.
Today’s Monstrous Issue: Kei and his team of monsters are facing the worst opponent any 11 year old boy can endure. Boredom! But the day is not lost as a mishap at a science lab has created a problem straight out of a 50’s B-movie. Giant Bees! The problem isn’t worth bringing in the whole squad, so Elsa recommends Kei just take Scragg since maybe bug monsters think alike. It’s up to Kei and Scragg to stop this honey producing menace from causing further chaos.
After the heavy set-up and character building of the last issue, it was nice to slow things down and read a lighthearted adventure. This issue was a bonus because Scragg is my absolute favorite of Kei’s monster team. He talks like a true menacing and malevolent monster yet he talks about compassion and self-respect. For example, my favorite line in the book. “The Mighty Scragg will use the glorious onslaught of beneficial communication to vanquish this problem.” Every time I read a line from Scragg I burst out laughing. More of him is always a pleasure. The plot itself is very simple but it seems to be leading into an interesting arc of character development. It would seem that for the next few issues Kei is going to be doing more one-on-one missions with each monster on his team. I hope this will be the case since Kei’s monsters are very interesting both in terms of design and personality. The issue briefly questions where Kei’s monsters come from or if they came from anywhere at all. It’s an interesting point to delve further into. I’d very much like to see more focus on them in the near future.
Interestingly, this is the first issue so far to not be written by Cullen Bunn. I don’t know if this is a permanent change or not but Justin Jordan does a good job in keeping the book feeling similar to Bunn’s style. Whether or not Bunn comes back, the book seems to be in good hands with Jordan so far. The art as well has changed since last issue. It’s a bit more cartoonish this time around but considering the book is about giant monster fights, realism isn’t a necessary factor. The art isn’t spectacular but it does it’s job well. The monsters still look cool and the action scenes are well done. My only negative with the book really is Jordan’s drawing of Kei. It’s not so far different as to be unrecognizable, but some of the facial expressions are a little odd.