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Today I went and gave a read to Monster Unleashed 2.
Now, I know I shouldn't. Because a)I don't understand what a whole issues was needed for, as it happened what already happened in issue #1, and 2, Greg Land. (as in, the guy who draw all women as twins from porn movies).
I was reading Newsara, and I found this review for the issue:
Credit: David Aja (Marvel Comics)



Monsters Unleashed #2
Written by Cullen Bunn
Art by Greg Land, Jay Leisten and David Curiel
Lettering by Travis Lanham
Published by Marvel Comics
Review by Pierce Lydon
‘Rama Rating: 3 out of 10

Superheroes! Fighting! Classic Marvel monsters! Mystery! Did I mention fighting? On paper, Monsters Unleashed should be the easiest home run for Marvel since Marvel Zombies. Mix one part “the thing we’re known for” with one part “a thing that people seem to love,” mix in a couple of talented creators and watch the money roll in. On the surface, it looks like Marvel followed the formula to a tee, but by #2, it’s clear that’s not the case. A weak script by Cullen Bunn is dragged down by Greg Land’s art, failing to capitalize on any of the goodwill they might have built up with the debut issue.

Monsters fighting superheroes is the kind of evergreen concept that should practically write itself, and in Monsters Unleashed, it kind of does. But Bunn fails to build on the conceit of his first issue. Instead of really moving any of the plot threads forward, Bunn barrages us with more and more and more monster battles. That’s all well and good but the heart of the book lies with Elsa Bloodstone and young Kei Kawade (a.k.a. Kid Kaiju). Despite their importance, those characters are relegated to the B-plot while we get page after page of the Avengers and other Marvel heroes dealing with the monster outbreak. After a first issue that was centered around that idea, it’s starts to get a little old in this second installment. Part of the problem is Bunn’s stale dialogue and the subsequently dull wit of his heroes. Their quipping is taxing, and exposes the fact that the plot spins its wheels until the last few pages.

The first issue ended with a reveal that felt straight out of Mark Millar’s 1985 and gave an impression that maybe Bunn was going to dig much deeper into his concept that the title might suggest. There’s still room for that, but we’ve spent two issues in nearly the same spot, foreshadowing a rushed conclusion if Bunn doesn’t play his cards right. There’s a very tedious aspect to this book. I never thought I’d get tired of heroes punching monsters, but here we are.

And a large part of that boredom with the core concept has to do with the art. Marvel was smart to maintain the same inker and colorist for (hopefully) the duration of this mini, because it helps lend a certain visual consistency. But there’s such a clear drop-off between Steve McNiven and Greg Land that it’s impossible to ignore. Land’s monster designs aren’t particularly memorable and we have yet to really see the classic monsters we were promised throwing down. Land’s tendency to trace his figures and faces does not discern ages or intricacies of each individual character. Instead, we’re give a stock male face and a stock female one that only vary slightly in expression. If you enjoyed the first issue for McNiven’s work, this issue will feel like the rug’s been pulled out from under you. Jay Leisten and David Curiel do their best to maintain the look of the book and the colors are fairly consistent but the overall quality of the pages has sunk considerably.

Monsters Unleashed doesn't live up to its potential so far because it can’t even live up to the Pacific Rim-style inanity of its conceit. It’s hard to get readers invested in a concept when you fail to execute the most basic part of that concept well. Marvel did Cullen Bunn and themselves a disservice by choosing to switch artists from issue to issue. Rather than create something cohesive, the script almost seems to be fighting with the art. There’s no fluidity. There’s no grace. The end of the book is promising but even the most optimistic readers are going to have trouble finding something to love here.

They probably went and read my mind here...

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