Marvel’s Monsters Unleashed: Celebrating An Era

Mitch Nissen Mitch Nissen
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March 15th, 2017

Grew up reading comic books in the 90's. Marvel fan at heart. Hulk, the Midnight Sons, and Marvel's cosmic universe are my favorites.

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Monsters Unleashed is a fun larger than life story thrusting Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's classic monsters back into the spotlight. It's Destroy All Monsters Marvel style. 70's kaiju films in comic book format. This book is aimed at a younger audience with an emphasis on monsters rather than heroes. If you love giant monsters give this book a try.


Reviewed by:
Rating:

5
On March 15, 2017
Last modified:March 15, 2017

Summary:

Monsters Unleashed is a fun larger than life story thrusting Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's classic monsters back into the spotlight. It's Destroy All Monsters Marvel style. 70's kaiju films in comic book format. This book is aimed at a younger audience with an emphasis on monsters rather than heroes. If you love giant monsters give this book a try.

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The Marvel Comics event Monsters Unleashed is already underway. As a new age of monsters looms on the entertainment world horizon Marvel honors those monsters from its past. ComiConverse contributor Mitch Nissen is here with a view on this current Marvel event.

Marvel's Monsters Unleashed: A Celebration Of An Era

Once, many years ago, the world of entertainment was ruled by giant monsters, radioactive beasts, alien creatures, and kaiju. The imaginations of audiences around the world were captivated by these creatures of the atomic era and the space age. For a time it seemed as if the world couldn't get enough giant monsters.

The works of monster masters such as Ray Harryhausen and Ishiro Honda have inspired countless generations of fans and creators the world over. But the monsters of Harryhausen and Honda were only a portion of the creations from that era. The presence of these beasts were not only felt in movie theaters and on television screens but comic books as well. While not the first names to come to mind when one thinks of giant monsters, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby gave the world a host of giant monsters.

To remember these classic creations and to honor a chapter in their history, Marvel Comics has released the comic book event Monsters Unleashed. Written by author Cullen Bunn, each issue is penciled by a different super star artist. Steve McNiven, Greg Land, Leinil Yu, Salvador Larroca, and Adam Kubert lend their incredible talents to this larger than life story. But Monsters Unleashed is more than merely another event.

To understand it all we must look to the past.

After super heroes fell out of style during the post World War II era the landscape of comics books was ever changing. There were horror comic books, fashion and romance comic books, and giant monster comic books. A different monster for each month waking from millions of years of hibernation or arriving from a distant galaxy. Some monsters made a bid for world domination. Others just wanted to be left alone or to return to their long slumber.

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These monsters weren't always the animalistic beasts populating movie theaters either. Many of them could speak and were quite articulate in their aims however misguided they may have been. Characters like Groot and Fin Fang Foom as well as others spoke rather eloquently in regards to the subjugation of Earth. And in a strange way these monsters played both the role of antagonist as well as protagonist. While they threatened our very existence it was the monsters that readers longed to see as opposed to the nameless human heroes who'd eventually triumph.

And beyond it all these monsters served an even greater purpose. At a time when super heroes comic books had run their course the fate of Marvel Comics rested in the hands of these giant monsters.

Source: Marvel Comics

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Monsters Unleashed is a fun larger than life story thrusting Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's classic monsters back into the spotlight. It's Destroy All Monsters Marvel style. 70's kaiju films in comic book format. This book is aimed at a younger audience with an emphasis on monsters rather than heroes. If you love giant monsters give this book a try.

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