Mono returns with a deadly new mission. Gail Williams is your guide...
It’s 1945 and World War II is nearing its apocalyptic conclusion.
In the Pacific Theatre, the Japanese are preparing for one final, deadly gambit...and all that stands between annihilation of the American fleet is the British ape-human secret agent Mono!
This adventure starts in the belly of a bomber, where Mono keeps his journal and comments on the youth of the crew. Then he stands to leave the plane, passing over a fob watch of a young crewman, something I suspect we’ll be seeing more of in the future. Leaving the plane is achieved via a floor hatch (bomb flap? I don’t know I’m not up on WW2 aircraft) - and he jumps without a parachute.
This impossible jump takes Mono to a lush Pacific island where he moves swiftly on in his data retrieval mission.
I don’t want to give too much away even though the comic has already been released. But this is an intriguing espionage story that includes more Simian soldiers than just Mono. It also brings Mono’s ‘minding’ to the fore, something that I hadn’t picked up on in the first story line, this ‘minding’ is a form of telepathy that allows Mono to feel the presence of others.
The artwork of this issue is much smoother than the previous story. This hasn’t affected the authenticity or detail of the work. I particularly like the image of Mono on the bottom of page 7, which shows him crouched in a tree, the way his arms are shown and the impression of ape-ish hair is done so well without being overworked. This change in style reflects the change of creative team behind the comic. Though for all the changes, this still very much feels like the same character - which is important for continuing the readership.
Based on my comic book scoring system, my verdict, a clear 4 out of 5.
Published by Titan Comics, Mono #2.1 is on sale now.
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