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Comic Review: Monocyte #1
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Review by Matthew Manarino

IDW Publishing: Monocyte #1Monocyte #1
Created and written by Menton3, Kasra Ghanbari
Art by Menton3
IDW Publishing
Release Date: October 19, 2011
Cover Price: $3.99

Let me start off by saying Monocyte is dark, I mean really dark. With the exception of some spilled blood here and there the entire comic is done monochromatically. Characters’ bodies are either detailed masses of flesh and bone painstakingly drafted in black and grays, or they are huge black masses with unidentifiable torsos. Of course there will be H.R. Giger comparisons to artist Menton3‘s style and scope, and in this lies my issue with Monocyte. Each panel is so beautifully drawn and inked that they deserve to be single-standing illustrations, the words within each panel seemed like an afterthought. This was enhanced more by the fact that with art so meticulously rendered, the story seemed rushed and unevenly paced at many points in this issue.

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Comic Review: H.P. Lovecraft’s The Dunwich Horror #1
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H.P. Lovecraft's The Dunwich Horror #1H.P. Lovecraft’s The Dunwich Horror #1
The Dunwich Horror
Written by Joe R. Lansdale
Art by Peter Bergting
Letters by Shawn Lee

The Hound
Script by Robert Weinberg
Art by menton3
Letters by menton3
Covers by Nick Percival, menton3
IDW Publishing
Release Date: October 19, 2011
Cover Price: $3.99

I chose H.P. Lovecraft’s The Dunwich Horror #1 to review just because I’m a fan of Lovecraft. I was quite happy to find that Joe R. Lansdale had written the script for the first story in this comic. I’ve met him several times since he lives in the same small Texas town as I do. Both the stories were entertaining and as dark as you would expect from a Lovecraftian piece.

The first story, the self titled The Dunwich Horror is obviously just the beginning to a great horror story. The first few pages contain no dialogue but are there to set the mood. Ambiguously suspenseful dialogue between the characters really does little to assist the reader in understanding what is going on, but it lends itself to the mystery and makes you flip the pages that much faster to try to find out what’s next…just like a good story should.  Peter Bergting‘s art is almost like it was done with watercolors in that he blends features and colors to create a lot of dusk-like panels. The near dark atmosphere is one that always works in horror movies and it seems to do just fine in comics, too. Not much can be said to spoil the story here but it really is one that you need to read to get a sense of the ambiance that Lansdale and Bergting present to the reader.

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