Summary: The Monster Men are here. DC’s first foray into an event since starting off Rebirth and it seems we are in for a wild one.
While Tom King is not the hand that pens the story, he and Steve Orlando do plot what is to happen for this issue. Despite that, we were a little trepiditious to be open to a new writer so soon after Tom King’s fantastic first arc. Thankfully, Orlando managed to keep things in check, maintaining a new (slightly) lighter Batman, while at the same time managing to deftly set up the premise of this event. Suffice to say, we were satisfied with how Orlando manage to play it all out.
The art by Riley Rossmo is a wonderful match with the opening grotesqueness that is the first chapter of Monster Men. The scratchiness and loose lines of his art provide a frenetic pace that leaves one breathless. The only minor complaint that we had is that sometimes the characters felt a bit too off-model, which became a little jarring.
We are intrigued by what’s been going on, especially with the absurdly ripped Hugo Strange, but a few hiccups here and there prevent the issue from getting a perfect grade 4/5.
Cover: Yanick Paquette and Nathan Fairbairn