Little Monsters #1, from Image, introduces us to a group of children living in a post-Apocalyptic city. They’re clearly bored and waiting for someone’s return.
Among the night’s urban ruins, one kid plays his guitar, but then forgets the songs he’s written. Another likes to read. Two others are daring each other to try dangerous stunts. Some kids play “Capture The Flag” every night. As Billy says, “It’s just getting boring.” Just as it looks like we’re wasting our own time in reading about boring kids, in the very last panel of the first issue, there is a key ‘reveal’. OMG.
Jeff Lemire writes, and Dustin Nguyen illustrates Little Monsters. Letters by Steve Wands. The kids look awesome, the scenes are smack full of subdued light situations; the entire book is black and white with a dash of colour here and there. Sneaky colour, hiding in the shadows and only coming out sparingly.
I like the pace of this first issue, even though I think Lemire is conjuring too much of a ‘soft start’ in this first issue; not every comic reader is patient enough to stick around to watch the plot begin to boil… most of us want our stories already hot when we arrive.
But check it out; the premise is fascinating, the pace is gelatinous, but the proof will be in the pudding, and it’s coming up shortly!
Image Comics, Little Monsters #1, $3.99 for 26 pages of content. Mature readers