In Review: My Date With Monsters #1

Seven years ago, an attempt to weaponize dreams resulted in holes being punched through the world we know and into the world of dreams.

Synopsis: In My Date With Monsters follows the adventures of Risa Harumi. Seven years ago, an attempt to weaponize dreams resulted in holes being punched through the world we know and into the world of dreams. Nightmarish creatures now stalk the land, sprouting from (and killing) anyone unlucky enough to dream. The only way to save the world is for certain people to have their dreams come true.

Which is how Risa Harumi finds herself not only fighting monsters but forced into finding true love. Monsters and modern dating? It feels like a nightmare either way, and the only help Risa has is a friendly-ish monster named Croak and her pre-teen daughter, Machi.


The Story

In this first issue. Paul Tobin does a fantastic job of setting up this nightmare world where nightmares become all too real. We get nice introductions for the three key characters starting with seeing Risa Harumi go on a date. The reason she is dating is that she needs to find true love so that her daughter Machi can stop having nightmares. See in order to stop her from having nightmares Machi needs to see her mother Risa find true love.

When we meet Risa we also meet Croak who is a Bridge Troll who feasts on the nightmarish monsters that people dream up. He serves as a protector for both Risa and Machi.

We also get to meet Genka Eguchi a soldier who is being trained in the art of seduction because the military is highly focused on producing a man for Risa to fall in love within the hopes that they can stop the nightmarish monsters from coming into our reality.



Andy MacDonald does a solid job of illustrating this new world that Paul Tobin has created. I loved the character drawing of Croak, especially when he is eating as it looks gross and appeals to my inner 9-year-old. The various nightmare creatures make this book a fun comic as all are well-drawn. I’m looking forward to seeing what other monster creations that Andy will come up with for future issues.



This opening issue of My Date With Monsters does a fantastic job of setting up an interesting world in which Monsters are able to slip into the world via people’s nightmares. I love the idea of certain people’s nightmares being focal points for the monsters. I also quite liked the fact that Risa has already tried to suppress the monsters by inventing a drug called blanket, which suppresses nightmares. However, it will be interesting to learn why it doesn’t work on the kids that are still having nightmares.

Overall. A great first issue with a fantastic story that I can’t wait to read more of.

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Ian Cullen is the founder of 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: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at:
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