Monster Planet #4
The uneasy alliance between Blair Spencer's team of human soldiers and the vampire Xavier Drake and the monsters that he leads has been pushed to the limits. But they've managed to hold together and escape the creatures and bandits that have taken over Chicago...or have they? Just when it looks like Spencer will complete her mission and deliver the cure that will save humanity from becoming primordial creatures, everything falls apart. Now with the time quickly running out Spencer finds herself trapped on a mysterious island from which no one has escaped alive. And if she can't find a way to survive hope for the human race will die with her.
In the penultimate issue of Monster Planet, we find the line between what distinguishes a monster blurred even further as we dive back into Monster Island and all of its morbid history, secrets and brutal violence. It’s an issue that takes a dark turn in an already dark series, resulting in a dire setup for Spencer to complete her mission in the final issue.
First off, I really have a lot of fun reading this book. The team of human soldiers led by Spencer and the monsters who are supposedly led by the vampire Drake make up a group that I just want to read more of. While the monster focus has slowly shifted towards the cure and the impact of humans amidst all of the chaos, it’s purely an action-horror series and it succeeds by knowing what it should be.
The visuals are unusually stiffer than what we’ve found in previous issues, but they are still a lot of fun. From the Drowning Pool to the bandit’s enormous pet monster, the artwork has a lot going on that takes readers through this exciting issue. Esposito’s letters have a bit more room to breathe due to the structure of this issue and they help to create a more rounded experience.
There are some general issues I have that are minor, like Xavier Drake taking a backseat and less of a global perspective in a series titled “Monster Planet”, but that doesn’t stop it from being a great time to read. The story doesn’t take itself too serious and I appreciate that, but it still knows when to push things forward dramatically when needed.
Monster Planet #4 is an issue that provides both context for what we’ve seen so far as well as kicks off an exciting conclusion. It’s certainly not a perfect book, or even series, but its one that you will certainly have a lot of fun with. As we finally reach the point to see whether Spencer can deliver a cure or not, I really hope we get a grand finale packed full of monsters and violence, because this series needs to go out on a true high note.
Monster Planet #4 provides both intriguing context for what we've seen so far as well as kicks off an exciting conclusion, resulting in a penultimate issue that might not be perfect, but will have you wanting more.
Monster Planet #4: Treated Worse Than Animals
Writing - 8/10
Storyline - 9/10
Art - 8/10
Color - 8.5/10
Cover Art - 8.5/10
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