Issues 1-5 (completed series)
Writer: Daniel Merlin Goodbrey
Artist: Sean Azzopardi
When I was a child I was brought up to believe that every human had a guardian angel to protect him from the devil. A decade and a half of beer drinking later, I have become aware that the concept of mystical forces of good and evil fighting for our protection/destruction is quite popular in various forms of art.
In “Necessary Monsters”, writer Daniel Merlin Goodbrey creates a world that acknowledges such a theme. The novelty here, is that as the title suggests, the monsters are fighting over us mortals.
Maybe it”s just me but I find the title of this comic particularly captivating which truly defines its content. The story is easy to get into but hard to leave. Although some people may find the story over simplistic I find that it”s exactly this simplicity that makes it so entertaining.
“Necessary Monsters” flows with wave-like grace. It”s quirky and violent, but what really brings it to life has got to be Sean Azzopardi”s unique style of drawing. The variety of wicked monsters that inhabit this book is impressive and an attraction on its own. My favourites being Cowboy 13, Ju Ju Man and Chicken Neck. These characters are so awesome that even though my room is running out of space I can”t help but hope that we see them in a figurine version.
I can most vividly see “Necessary Monsters” as an animation series and even though no such news exists, I do live in hope that some company decides to pick it up. Till then I live in the comfort that another instalment of these monsters is on the book, because they are indeed necessary!
Chris Le Galle