Time for another review!
This week, we have Dept of Monsterology: Sabbaticala #1. This issue was written by Gordon Rennie, with art by PJ Holden, colored by Steve Denton, lettered by Jim Campbell, and edited by Alexander Finbow.
As always, we’re on the Prince song system: Adore means buy it, Beautiful Strange means take it or leave it, and When Doves Cry means don’t buy it. Simple.
Let’s get to it!
I’ve never read Monsterology 101, so I’m coming to this completely new. The opening sequence of this book shows a veteran writer doing their thing. It made me very, very happy.
We open with someone calling the Department and reaching the secretary, who tells the calling party that the person they’re looking for isn’t there. We’re then taken on a whirlwind trip to various locations to meet the team and its members. We get to see what they do and how they do it, and it’s honestly quite a lot of fun. We have ghosts, we have mysticism, we have superscience, we have cryptozoology. We have characters who are burdened with secrets. It also looks like we have the Frankenstein Monster.
Even though the team(s) are supposed to be on sabbatical, it looks like they’re all out pursuing their own agendas, and some of those are pretty interesting.
I’m really just going to cut to the chase: everyone did their job like the professionals they are. While I wasn’t absolutely blown away by the art or coloring, there was never a point when I was let down by either. Maybe the balloons on the lettering could have used a minor tweak here and there in order to make sure they butted against the panel borders correctly, but there was nothing really wrong with the letters.
This felt very much like the editor sat back and let the creators do their thing. When there are veterans doing their job, the role of the editor is more like a traffic cop, rather than stopping to make sure everything makes sense.
In all, this was a very good book. I’ll be looking for it from now on, and will go find Monsterology 101, as well.
Final Verdict: Adore