The worst thing about “Legion of Monsters” is that it’s not an ongoing series. Thanks to fantastic work by Dennis Hopeless, Juan Doe and Wil Quintana I felt more love and investment in these characters than I do for most characters I’ve read about for three times as long.
In the final issue of “Legion of Monsters”, Elsa Bloodstone and Morbius the Living Vampire discover that the demonic virus that’s infecting the monster population was inadvertently caused by Morbius, himself. Morbius makes plans to blow everything to oblivion in the hopes of destroying the virus but Elsa somewhat brilliantly releases Farkas from his prison so that he can absorb the virus. Unfortunately, Farkas absorbs the virus all too well and becomes his own monstrous threat which Elsa, Jack Russell and Manphibian race to contain before Morbius blows them all sky high.
Dennis Hopeless’ writing continues to impress. The plotting for this book has been excellent, managing to tell a smart story with plenty of twists and turns, and simultaneously build characters that you just can’t help but care for. Hopeless has crafted a clever story that delivers everything you could want in a four issue mini. Despite a satisfying ending, the book is so good, it can only leave a reader hungry for more.
Of all the things I love about Juan Doe’s art on this book, the most impressive is how perfect a collaboration it is with Hopeless’ script and characters. The sense of humor and grittiness of the script is perfectly captured in Doe’s art. It’s the kind of tonal synchronicity that only the best of books manage. It’s easy to see that in the hands of a lesser team, Hopeless’ sense of humor or Doe’s exaggerated cartoonish style might not have worked so well, but paired together as they are, it’s seamless and wonderful.
Add to all of that Wil Quintana’s lovely coloring work, which takes all the intensity and frenetic craziness of Doe’s art and embraces it without trying to outshine it. It’s the pinnacle of collaboration with these three as they help showcase each other’s strengths beautifully.
With its boundless enthusiasm, gorgeous art, and smart writing, “Legion of Monsters” is a fantastic book, the kind of mini-series that deserves an ongoing. And if we can’t have more “Legion of Monsters” I’d love to at least see some more from the excellent creative team of Hopeless, Doe and Quintana. There was magic here, and I have a suspicion they could easily capture it again.