Kid Kaiju attempted to summon Fin Fang Foom, but something went wrong. Something resembling Foom came through, but it’s far more vicious and powerful. It’s up to Elsa Bloodstone and the creatures of Monsters Unleashed to stop this distorted Fin Fang Foom.
However, Kid Kaiju is worried that his powers are failing and that he won’t be able to control them. The Monsters are full of doubt to as they ponder their origins and purposes.
To put this one on the table, I wasn’t a big fan of the Monsters Unleashed crossover from earlier this year (you know, the crossover between Inhumans vs. X-Men and Secret Empire). I felt that it lacked plot and substance and was an all-around weak showing.
The Monsters Unleashed ongoing series is unique and pretty cute, but it never coalesced as something to put on my pull list. However, I read the first issue, and I felt like revisiting it this past week.
What did I find? Well, we’ll get to that.
I like the idea of a creature-feature like this, and it’s miles better than that Howling Commando comic from the beginning of All-New, All-Different Marvel. That was just a disaster.
Elsa Bloodstone is by far the best part. She’s a badass monster hunter with a fairly violent outlook on the world who has been ironically paired with a kid. If this comic were just about her, that would be fine too.
All this being said, Monsters Unleashed #7 is pretty thin. It does have some decent character moments and the fight against the other-dimensional Fin Fang Foom is at least pretty cool. However, it still left me feeling a bit bored by the end. It stretches out this one sequence with Kid Kaiju, Bloodstone, and the Monsters holding off Evil Foom for the entire comic, and it’s just not that interesting.
The characters aren’t super flat, but I have a hard time becoming too involved with their plight.
The self-ponderance of the Monsters about whether or not they’re real or conjured by Kid Kaiju is interesting and surprisingly existential, but that’s put on hold while they fight against Evil Foom.
Kid Kaiju’s self-doubt about his godlike powers aren’t really resolved either. They just stop, and he does what is needed by the end.
The art is alright. It’s not particularly detailed and looks a bit thin in places. The lack of detail clashes with the highly-detailed and stylized appearance of some of the monsters, especially Aegis. Also, the panels are in love with Elsa Bloodstones boobs, which is especially creepy when it’s drawing them next to a ten-year old kid. The coloring is pretty good, but that can only do so much when the art itself isn’t solid.
Monsters Unleashed #7 is mediocre at best and boring at worse. It has moments, and the premise remains unique. However, a unique premise doesn’t go very far if something isn’t done to keep it fresh. I can’t recommend this one. Give it a pass.
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