Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Gotham City Monsters #6 Review

Killing In The Name Of...... The Multiverse!

Written By: Steve Orlando
Art By: Amancay Nahuelpan, Trish Mulvihill, Tom Napolitano 
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 12, 2020

It's time for the biggest book that DC Comics is putting out right now, especially since we're kind of on a hiatus with Justice League as far as dealing with Perpetua and the reason I say this is because we have the Gotham City Monsters going up against Melmoth, who apparently wants to stop Perpetua from destroying the Multiverse......... and yet, somehow he's the bad guy.  Yeah, he's sacrificing people and using the Bible of Crime to reach out into the Multiverse and create an immune system to fight back Perpetua's hold, but sometimes you gotta crack a few eggs to make an omelet.... am I right?  Things might actually go Melmoth's way too because when last we left him it looked like Killer Croc had betrayed the Gotham City Monsters by impaling Frankenstein, allowing Melmoth the time he would need to complete his ritual.  Let's jump into this finale and see how everything plays out.

For our final issue of this series you see the usual big battle that we've been getting out of this mini and while it's something you've come to expect, not only because it's the final issue, this battle sadly comes off a little lackluster because a good deal of our Monsters are just fighting reanimated Grundys and a lot of it goes on off panel, leaving this group not a lot to do here.

As for our big confrontation against Melmoth though, we do have a pretty bad ass stomp fest with Red Phantom, Killer Croc, Batwoman and Frankenstein, but I was hoping for a little big more out of this because even though we do have our big bad killing off people and wanting to create more sacrifices throughout the Multiverse, his endgame was to save the majority of everyone throughout all the worlds and put a stop to Perpetua's plan and besides for a bit of talk from Croc at the beginning about the idea of the needs of the many out weighing the needs of the few, this just seemed to be talk to lure Melmoth off his guard.  Not only that, but by the time our issue is over and our Monsters go their separate ways, they do talk about the idea of coming back together to stop Perpetua themselves, but since we kind of know now that that story is going to be taking place in a big event during the summer, it kind of makes this ending a moot point because it doesn't seem likely that this crew is going to have a lot to do with that........ Yeah, I could be wrong, but our heroes just kind of leave this with the Multiverse still in peril and only really managed to avenge their dead friends, who Melmoth killed at the beginning of this mini.

All in all, I thought the art was really strong this issue and found the fight at the end enjoyable enough, it's just for a final issue I kind of wanted something a little more grand than what we get here.  It just kind of came off underwhelming for the scope that this series had when it got started and ultimately, it just left our heroes in a state that makes it so they didn't even consider the choice they were making in letting the Multiverse die by Perpetua's hands.  Like I said in my review, it doesn't seem likely that this crew will be getting back together again for the final showdown this summer, but if they did it would certainly be cool because even though you didn't have a lot for everyone involved in this series to do throughout, I did enjoy the idea of the team and would like to see them come back together again at a later date.

Bits and Pieces:

While I enjoyed the hell out of the idea of this series and the thought that it was dealing with more of the DC Universe than we've seen in other books coming out, this ending did leave me wanting more than the big fight that we kind of got in every issue of this mini.  The scope of the story that I loved was just kind of left aside as our heroes just parted ways, but overall I did have some fun here and thought that the art was great.


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