Last month saw the start of the DC Comics‘ new six-issue mini-series Gotham City Monsters, in it, we got a look into Gotham’s monsters, it’s second class citizens and how they continue to be on the outside of society, even with Bane’s control of the city. Written by Steve Orlando, with art from Amancay Nahuelpan, colors by Trish Mulvihill, and letters by Tom Napolitano, Gotham City Monsters springs directly from Event Leviathon and is a perfect read this spooky season. Now, in Gotham City Monsters #2 we get to see the danger that Melmoth poses to Gotham City.
In issue number one, we also got an introduction to our cast of characters and their motives this series: Killer Croc, Andrew Bennet, Lady Clayface, Orca, and of course, Frankenstein. With the last issue ending in the raising of Melmoth, Frankenstein is on a mission to destroy him. In Gotham City Monsters #2, Melmoth’s destruction has immediate consequences for Monster Town as he takes the souls of the Monster Town theater and the losses suffered by elevating the stakes. This allows Frankenstein a way to connect to the cast of monsters we met last issue and bring them together, to leverage their losses and promises them revenge.
The best thing about Gotham City Monsters #2 is also the introduction of the Red Phantom. Locked in a mirror by Melmoth, the Red Phantom works as a Phantom of the Opera-like character, adding more the appeal of the comic for fans of Universal Monsters. His design as a red demon and an attractive man is one that showcases Nahuelpan’s artistic ability. While this issue is continuing the set up the meat of the story, I still find myself drawn in, less because of Orlando’s writing and more so because of the spooky beauty of Nahuelpan’s monsters.
While Orlando’s writing is all exposition, the designs of the monsters and the world they inhabit remain striking. Mulvihill’s colors are rich and reminiscent of the 1960s Hammer Horror color palettes. Beyond that, Napolitano’s lettering adds character to each piece of dialogue, with different fonts and colors for each monster helps the reader to become immersed in the dialogue.
Overall, Gotham City Monster #2 is fun but is yet again another issue of visiting each monster, while this works for set-up, it is slightly repetitive of last issue’s focus. That said, this is a spooky series that perfectly capture everything that monster fans love. There are the bones to a great mini-series but hopefully, issue number three brings it.
Gotham City Monsters #2 is available wherever comics are sold.
Gotham City Monsters #2
Gotham City Monster #2 is fun but is yet again another issue of visiting each monster, while this works for set-up, it is slightly repetitive of last issue’s focus. That said, this is a spooky series that perfectly capture everything that monster fans love. There are the bones to a great mini-series but hopefully, issue number three brings it.
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