In Review: American Mythology Monsters #1

'American Mythology Monsters' brings a new twist to much loved classic monsters.
American Mythology Monsters

Synopsis: ‘American Mythology Monsters’ brings a new twist to much loved classic monsters. Meet the hideous creature called “Quinn,” an assemblage of sickening parts that together form a nightmarish creature who wants nothing more than to rip you to shreds! Beware the curse of “Safiya,” rising from the unearthed corpse of an ancient Egyptian mummy and bent on the destruction of a scientific facility and the possession of its human inhabitants! And howl with a university professor whose brief sexual encounter with a mysterious woman has left him with “The Bite,” and the horrifying curse of the werewolf!

 

The Stories

The Bite Part 1 of 3

When police find the mutilated remains of a body and begin their investigation. The case is taken off of their hands by another department. The scene then changes to a school where a teacher is struggling to live down his reputation while undergoing a divorce. After being beaten up by the boyfriend of one of his students. The teacher, who is being hounded as a potential sex pest takes off for the Bahamas. While there he gives in to temptation by one of the local prostitutes, but the curse takes hold as he transforms.

 

Parts Part 1 of 3

At a scientific complex. Dr. Torrassian Bridger is running for his life. Quinn. The monster has broken loose. Made up of artificial internal organs and the latest technological prosthetic limbs. Quinn is Frankenstein’s monster made real. He’s totally mad and looking for more upgrades. Furthermore, Bridger is the only person that can make this happen.

 

Safiya Part 1 of 3

This story starts with two guys having a chat in a coffee shop in Cairo. One has just broken up with his girlfriend who was too good for him. His mate talks him into calling her up to get back with her. As the guy walks the streets. He pleads over the phone with his girlfriend to take him back. However, as he gets to a dead-end near some rubbish. He’s attacked by a mysterious hooded figure. A mummy known as The Plague Giver.

 

The Artwork

With art done by various artists. We’ll just take it story by story bases.

To begin with, all the artwork is in black and white. And judging by the mutilated corpse in the opening pages of ‘The Bite’ it’s just as well because the imagination will fill in the color palette. In this case, lots of gory reds and browns to represent the dried blood.

The is fairly uniform in regards to the look of the characters. Minimal details when a scene is from a distance with more details as things get close up. Out of all the stories. I think the art is slightly more detailed in the final story ‘Safiya’. I particularly enjoyed how the artist on that story drew the streets of Cairo as well as the details of the mummy at the institute during the flashback sequences.

The art across all the stories is pretty good when it comes to the principal characters and monsters. The lack of color in these stories feels like a good call overall because it allows you to fill in the details of what is not shown. It also lends an intriguing and chilling atmosphere to the different stories.

 

Overall

The stories featured in ‘American Mythology Monsters’ are very obviously inspired by the classic Universal horror movies of The Wolfman, Frankenstein, and The Mummy. Furthermore, the writer and art team make no bones about this fact. ‘Bite’ starts things off by adding a very modern-day twist to the tragic figure of the wolfman. In this case, he is a teacher who is separated from his wife and longs for intimacy and gets it via prostitutes or the female students at his school that are willing. What we don’t know yet is how he become the wolfman. But, I am sure that will be revealed in parts 2 and 3.

‘Parts’ is very much a modern version of Frankenstein and mostly set in a scientific complex, which is likely military. This story is made interesting by the fact that the Doctor character also has a synthetic heart. Which gives him something in common with Quinn. The story is very much a commentary on people’s obsession with surgery to enhance their looks. But in this case, the enhancements make a person more physically powerful. It’s very obvious that Quinn has been driven mad and is addicted to enhancing his body.

The final story ‘Safiya’ is a modern take on ‘The Mummy’ and kind of the story that is the least reimagined thus far by way of its execution. But its more interesting visuals kind of makeup for the story not deviating too much from the original origin story. At least for the moment.

 

Overall. ‘American Mythology Monsters’ is a fun reinterpretation of the classic Universal Monster movies from the 1930s. The artwork is pretty good for a black and white book and allows you to fill in the colors with your own imagination. Out of the three stories. I found ‘Bite’ to offer the most interesting reinterpretation whereas ‘Safiya’ was the most visually interesting.

 

You can get hold of a digital copy of this book at ComiXology.

 

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8.6
American Mythology Monsters #1
  • Covers
    8.5
  • Stories
    8.0
  • Artwork
    8.6
  • Lettering
    9.0
  • Inks
    8.8

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: [email protected]
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