Leigon of Monsters #1 (December – 2011 – Marvel)

Legion of Monsters #1

Legion of Monsters is an old idea that just never seems to really catch on.  Originally it was a group made up of Ghost Rider, Man-Thing, Morbius, and Werewolf by Night.  They combat a god that returned to the earth to bring peace and a chance for the Legion to be human again, but because they couldn’t get their shit together they all just stayed monsters.

Fast forward in the Marvel Universe over 30 years and you have a new batch of Legion of Monster’s issues. This time Morbius is the head of a group that you could call the police of Monster Metropolis.  With a team of other monsters, N’Kantu The Living Mummy, Werewolf by Night, Manphibian, and Ellie Bloodstone (the only non-monster of the group).

Being the police of the monsters isn’t the easiest job in the world to start out with, but there is something else going on.  It would seem that something is infecting the minds of the monsters and turning them into wrecking balls of horror that are hell bent on destroying everything.  So the Legion are setting out to figure out how to stop the infection, or magic, or possession or whatever the hell it is that is going on.

This is a quirky little title.  It is fun and the art from Juan Doe is really cool looking.  I’ll be interested in seeing where this goes (in a lot of ways it seems like an excuse to drop a bunch of cameo appearances of other Marvel Horror characters).  Hopeless has a good script going too.

It is hard to not point out that this is just the first of four parts, and while the characters are pretty cool, it would be pretty rough to make this an ongoing title.  There isn’t a whole lot of depth it seems to a police force of the Monster Metropolis.  Every issue would just end up being some kind of silly monster mash (which is what this one even feels like).  It is a lot of fun, but I don’t know that it would hold up over the long haul.

Next Time: Frankenstein Alive, Alive #1