After aliens attack a high school in Compton, the survivors are forced to hide out in a school while they figure out what to do. Travon, who is worried about his girlfriend and his friends, decides to venture out to find supplies only to get captured by the aliens.
Monarch #2 is a mind-bending issue filled with twists, turns, and story and art that is making its mark in the science fiction genre.
Discovery is the theme of this issue, and it is seen through two plot threads. The first is Travon learning why the aliens picked him up; the other is Miss Wilamae learning years prior that alien life existed after encountering a ship.
It’s a great blend of two perspectives on alien contact, and sprinkled throughout are layers of commentary on humanity’s violent nature and its loving one.
Written by Rodney Barnes with art by Alex Lins and colors by Luis NCT, this combination continues to shine in this issue. In my experience, Barnes has written fantasy horror. However, his science fiction style is refreshing and well done. The art matches the tone and shifts so well as the story progresses. The art from Lins and NCT meshes so beautifully you’d think it was just one artist. Enhancing the dialogue is Marshall Dillon’s lettering. Because of the shift in perspectives and discussion from the aliens, the lettering helps with the flow of the story.
The plot in this issue goes in an unexpected direction as Travon interacts with his captors; that is shocking but makes sense in hindsight. It’s excellent writing and leaves one guessing what could happen next.
What is particularly exciting about this series is how the familiarity of an alien invasion manages to feel fresh. Don’t go into this story expecting a bunch of teenagers to fight aliens. Instead, be prepared for details on aliens invading and the long game they planned years prior.
If you haven’t checked our issue 1 be sure to do so. Barnes and the creative team are putting a science fiction tale together that is truly refreshing!
Monarch #2: Let’s Get Ready to Rule the World
- Writing - 9/109/10
- Storyline - 9/109/10
- Art - 9/109/10
- Color - 9/109/10
- Cover Art - 9/109/10
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