Thursday 28th May 2015,
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Monocyte Continues His Quest For Death In Issue #2

Jeremy Boreske 12/27/2011 Reviews

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.

The Immortal OlignosticsMonocyte 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.

exclusive menton3 image only at Comic Booked
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.


Cover A by menton3Cover C by Bill SienkiewiczCover B by Riley Rossmo 
One thing I failed to mention in my first article was that in each of the issues there are two back up stories. One for each of the immortal races. These stories are an extension of the main story told from the human slaves point of view and in this issue they are handled by creators Ben Templesmith, Alan Hubbard, and Chris Newman. The second issue also comes with three different covers pictured here- the first by menton3, the next by Bill Sienkiewicz, and the final one from Riley Rossmo.

Saltillo-MONOCYTE CD due out with issue 3The 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.

Check into our forums and see what others are saying about the book and voice your opinion  as well. Happy Holidays from us and give the gift of Monocyte  to all your friends! Get Comic Booked.

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I love all things that express creativity. Comics, movies, books, action figures, video games, music, art. I myself enjoy writing and drawing/painting and have dreams of having my own comic someday. I am Geek hear me roar! I also fought a bear once...and won. October 31st that is my date of birth. I went to a party and I did the Smurf.. SO, on behalf of Comic Booked, let me welcome you to THUNDERDOME!!

  1. Robb Orr 12/27/2011 at 12:20 pm

    This is an awesome series, and SO original! Loving it.

  2. Jeremy Boreske 12/28/2011 at 8:19 am

    Every issue just blows me away. It's going to be difficult reading issue 4 knowing that that will be it. Hopefully they find a way to branch the story off into new books.

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