One thing’s for sure, Monocyte is one of a kind. If you caught my review of the first issue then you know I already have a lot of love for this book. Nowhere else will you find something so original in this time of reboots and re-imaginings. A story that actually immerses you into its world through the expertly crafted words combined with “through the looking glass” art that stimulates the creative center of your brain. It’s that good. The first issue of Monocyte might have been difficult for some to get into mainly because it is an introduction issue. It was responsible for laying the groundwork in the horrific realm it occupies.
Monocyte is classified as an Occult Action Adventure but make no mistake this book is horror at it’s best. A quick overview of the story basically revolves around two immortal races: The Olignostics and The Antedeluvians who rule the remnants of the human race on what’s left of a scorched Earth. Azreal (The Angel of Death), feeling useless, begins plotting his ascension into power. Azreal summons Monocyte, an immortal necromancer who has been sleeping because he could not achieve death. So Azreal and Monocyte enter into a pact to achieve both of their destinies. Issue two continues with Monocyte reaping his way through immortals furthering both his and Azreal’s individual goals. The action in this issue has increased tenfold yet somehow remains elegant.
Where issue one was an introduction, issue two is when the bodies start hitting the floor. Once again Kasra Ghanbari and artist and co-creator menton3 plunge you into their dismal world from the moment you open the book. The issue isn’t out yet so I don’t want to give anything away but I do want to thank the creators for the exclusive artwork pictured here (it’s the big one), artwork you cannot see anywhere else but here at Comic Booked until the book comes out on the 28th. As you can see, it’s breathtaking-now imagine an entire book filled with like images. The story remains strong throughout the issue definitely amping up the action as well as the death toll. Once again menton3’s unique non-traditional style helps to get the readers imagination to believe that they are are peeking into this foriegn landscape. That the demonic battle is happening right now in a place only Kasra and menton3 can take us. While reading this issue I was reminded of a line from Edgar Allan Poe’s The Conqueror Worm-“…and much madness, and more sin, and horror the soul of the plot.” That line, to me, sums up this world in which Monocyte exists.
One of the things I like best about Monocyte is that it is something that does take a read or two because it’s layered. With each read you understand a little more, you pick up on something you might have missed the first time around both in the plot as well as the art. Much like the music of TOOL. In fact TOOL is to music what Monocyte is to comics. There are authors that create their own unique worlds or realities that just happen to creep into our own. Clive Barker, Stephen King, Richard Matheson, H.P. Lovecraft, Steve Niles and many others that are at their best creating these beautifully unique horrific worlds and possiblilities that act as fuel to the readers imagination. We don’t want to visit their worlds but we love to read about the poor souls that live there. Kasra Ghanbari and menton3 have officially joined the club.
The next issue due in February will be accompanied by a CD by Satillo, menton3’s side project. It’s really well crafted industrial music that compliments the book perfectly, from what I’ve heard so far. You can hear a sample of it yourself here. Enjoy the exclusive images the creators have provided for you the fans and don’t forget to pick this IDW book up on the 28th. And if you didn’t pick up the first issue make sure to pick them both up. My recommendation is to take a little bit of that Christmas money and pick up this comic at your local comic shop. You will not be sorry. Check back here after the new year when I’ll be able to give you the goods on issue 3 as well as the Satillo-Monocyte CD.