Gail Williams gets down to some monkey business...
It’s 1945 and World War II is nearing its apocalyptic conclusion. Mono is on a Nipponese island run by their version of Doctor Moreau. He’s facing Samurai Great Apes and, frankly, losing.
Action resumes with Mono regaining consciousness in a bamboo cell, he hears the sound of a large craft approaching the island. An American ship, Mono’s response - after smashing his way out of the cell with surprising ease - “Bloody idiots!” Don’t you just love this guy?
What comes next, I am so tempted to reveal, but that would rob the reader of some fun. Enough to say that it proves that the Japanese have weaponised the seas - well some pretty powerful sea creatures. Awesome drawing on these pages.
The Ape Samurai finds Mono and their fight sequence is so well choreographed, great action, impressive defeat, terrible outcome.
There seems to be little Mono can do now, too late to save the world - or is it? His actions are as ever ingenious and brave, and while he might not save the humans (who needs them after all they’re the enemy), his uses his minding to save the enslaved apes.
Quite where Mono thinks he’s going to swim too from a burning island in the middle of the Pacific at the end of the comic, is of course anyone’s guess, but I guess we’ll find out with the next instalment.
Really enjoyed this script, it had pace and action, but also, heart and soul, sympathy without the gooey sickening sentimentality. There is a real flow to this that draws the reader through.
The artwork is the kind I like too, clearly comic book, but realistic enough not to lose the personalities of the characters.
Based on my comic book scoring system, my verdict is that this is a perfect match for part one, a clear 4 out of 5.
Published by Titan Comics, Mono #2.2 is on sale now, some preview art is included below.
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Gail Williams lives in her own private dungeon populated with all the weird and
the wonderful she can imagine. Some of it’s very weird, and the odd bits
and pieces are a bit wonderful. Well okay, she lives in Swansea with
her husband and daughter. And the world’s most demanding cat. To find
out more about Gail, check out www.gailbwilliams.co.uk - Dare you!