Gail Williams checks out Mono #3...
Ape-human hybrid and Queen's assassin Mono is on a campaign in Axis-occupied France to locate The Old Curiosity Shop and kill The Ghost of Christmas Future.
Okay, let’s get past the obvious hurdles, Dickens has nothing to do with it, Nazis are this years comic book villain of choice and where does the Queen come into this since Victoria was dead and buried before the Nazis arose and the QE2 had yet to ascend. Can’t really see the woman I grew up knowing as ‘The Queen Mother’ sending out a genetic mutation/experiment on covert operations, but hell, what do I know? The Royals must have their secrets and the best defense against guilt is the appearance of innocence.
But I digress (as usual).
Mono is a deeply, darkly atmospheric piece, with a very philosophical tone and incredible artwork from Ben Wolstenholme. The storytelling juxtapositions images of intense savagery with touching reflective prose. This allows for a layered response, the depth of which will depend on the individual reader. I found that the contrast and the compassion called to some deep emotional core that thoroughly drew me into the story. The talent of both author (Liam Sharp) and artist are of commendable quality.
What's rather unusual about this piece is it's not mono stringed. After the comic book section there is an additional serialised story, this one in prose with occasional black and white line drawing illustration. I feel Boz would have approved.
Of all the new comics I've picked up recently I would give Mono the highest recommendation, I would also recommend it to people who don't usually read comics as this is such a well proportioned whole.
I am rather saddened to note that this is issue 3 of a 4 part offering, and I hope that there will be more. Which I suppose depends on the reception and sales this series achieves, so please, please give this a go, it's well worth it.
Published by Titan Comics, Mono #3 is on sale now.
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