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"Gotham City Monsters #6" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by DC Comics

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Written by Steve Orlando
Illustrated by Amancay Nahuelpan
Colored by Trish Mulvihill
Lettered by Tom Napolitano
2020, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on February 12th, 2020

Review:

Melmoth prepares to kill countless people across the multiverse and the only ones who can stop him and his horde of Grundys are a few monsters. Capes and tights aren't going to save us (OK, except for Batwoman). If this alien maniac is going to be put down, things are going to get dirty. It's a good thing they're in a swamp.

Artist Amancay Nahuelpan turns in the comic of his career with Gotham City Monsters #6. This book is a thing of beauty...gory, bloody, beauty. The level of detail is astonishing, from the intricate lines of Croc's scales to the unsettling shadows cast on Melmoth's leering grin to the incredible panel layouts. Naheulpan delivers a tour de force.

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There are a handful of shots in this issue that will make you cringe...or squeal in delight based on how much you like gore. This ragtag group of monsters take the fight to Melmoth in a big way and they definitely pull no punches. We stop just short of feeling sorry for the guy as he gets stabbed, punched, and downright brutalized. There's one image that's particularly gut-wrenching where Frankenstein smacks the alien with a brick, sending his jaw flying out with teeth and bone splattering everywhere. Remember what I said about beauty?

Colorist Trish Mulvihill casts a dreary tone over the entire comic, not just the scenes in the murky swamp. Remember, these are monsters. They're used to lurking in the shadows. They avoid the spotlight. Even though they're playing the roles of heroes right now, they're still more comfortable in the darkness. That shows throughout this battle and the epilogue. This is also saying something given the setting. Gotham City's hero is also one to stick to the shadows, but these are darker and grimmer than the areas Batman treads.

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Most of these characters have a unique voice, adding to their monstrous nature. Letterer Tom Napolitano uses a variety of fonts and word balloons to showcase this. I'm a huge fan of effects like this and it's used very well here, especially for Croc and Frankenstein. While these two are big brutes, there's an elegance to their speech, even though it might sound like gravel scraping broken glass.

This team really gels with this issue, which is why it's so unfortunate that this is the final chapter of this series. It's clear that writer Steve Orlando has more in store for these characters and he definitely leaves the door open for more adventures. I certainly hope he gets a chance to do so, as there is plenty of room in the DC Universe for a group like this. Yes, we have Justice League Dark, but Gotham City Monsters scratches a different itch. It deals with the outcasts and the misunderstood rising up to stop an evil that has struck at the others like themselves. Even monsters need a hero every now and then.

Grades:

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Art: fivestars
Overall: 4.5 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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