Escape From Monster Island #1

Writer: Ralph Tedesco, Joe Brusha Publisher: Zenescope Entertainment Release Date: February 3, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 4 User Reviews: 1
7.2Critic Rating
7.0User Rating

Years ago, unbeknownst to the public, the U.S. government began to capture more and more various creatures, building a walled city and setting up an experimental testing facility on an abandoned island in the Pacific Ocean. Within a few years the island was filled with hundreds of different creatures, and government scientists worked to understand them.

But in 2012 disaster struck and the island was evacuated. Now the inmates have taken over and gangs of different species fight for control within the city walls.

But something was left behind on Monster Island, something the government desperately needs. And the only way to recover it is to send an elite unit into the most dangerous place in the world: Monster Island.

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Feb 7, 2016

    Monsters of all shapes and sizes are interfering with the exploration of a mercenary unit's trek. This is making my inner eight year old undeniably happy. The stage is set, the monsters are in place, now RUN! Fun reading. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Richard Gutierrez Feb 3, 2016

    Escape From Monster Island may seem to be your average monster book, but the extraordinary care and detail that is put into bringing this story to life is what elevates it from a boring book into a feast for the eyes. Tyler and Granda may have had a shaky start with this introductory issue, but the topic makes it an optimistic title for the future. Let's just hope that it doesn't sink like so much chum in the murky water. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Horror Talk - James Ferguson Feb 22, 2016

    Escape from Monster Island has a killer premise. That alone is what will get me coming back for the next issue. The human characters are pretty interchangeable and there's not much in the way of development. The focus here is going to be all about monsters, and it looks like we're going to get them in droves over the course of this series. It seems as if no creature if off limits, from folklore to fantasy and everything in between. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Steven Phillips Feb 3, 2016

    The dialogue progresses in a remarkably predictable fashion, with little concern for the gravity of the mission. The clichs and tropes fly by so rapidly and casually, it's easy to hope Escape From Monster Island is attempting to satirize action cinema. But, by the final page, it becomes clear that the book is only really interested in monster fights. And to the comic's credit, the monsters are excellently illustrated. However, issue one doesn't leave a lot of room for those monster fights because of the necessary exposition. Nor does the comic build tension or drama in anticipation of future monster encounters. So despite spending nearly every page on our characters and their perils, Escape From Monster Island fails to generate any real interest in their well-being or collective ultimate fate. Worse, what few pages are spent on monsters is bereft of excitement, wonder, or curiosity. Read Full Review

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