Mr. Monster: Worlds War Two

 MMWT   (Atomeka, 2004)

ô and ©2004 Dave Elliott and Garry Leach

Atomeka deserves a lot of credit for its outstanding work in the field of comic-book archeology, recovering some mostly forgotten treasures like this Mr. Monster story that previously (and inexplicably, given the total lack of sex and nudity) appeared in an issue of Penthouse Max.

The story involves a Martian invasion of earth led by Hitlerís Brain set in the late í60s that has both the camp charm and period baggage of that eraís horror movies. Itís best represented by guest appearances by Richard Nixon and J. Edgar Hoover at their most villainous and Mr. Monsterís reluctant sidekick, hippy chippy Acid Annie.

But itís basically business as usual for comicís greatest monster killer, who goes about his business with both the utter professionalism and a purity of purpose worthy of a Golden Age comic character. The extraordinarily lush artwork is perfectly complimented by the Laurie Smith colors. Itís not particularly complex or deep, but it is as always, enormous amounts of fun; welcome back, Mr. Monster, weíve never needed you more.

ó S.A. Bennett

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