Gotham City Monsters #1

Writer: Steve Orlando Artist: Amancay Nahuelpan Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 11, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 25 User Reviews: 18
8.0Critic Rating
7.1User Rating

Leviathan has dismantled S.H.A.D.E.-and that means Frankenstein is once again a free agent! Now he can set his sights on his former mentor, Melmoth, the one evil that got away. With bad things happening all across the Multiverse, this may be Frankenstein's last shot at setting things right. Of course, Melmoth has his own agenda, and it's going to take more than a lone monster to take him down. So Frankenstein heads to Gotham City in search of allies and recruits Killer Croc, Lady Clayface, Orca and vampire Andrew Bennett. But will even these dread creatures be enough to save humanity before the entire cosmos collapses in on itself?

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - Kate Snchez Sep 11, 2019

    Overall, Gotham City Monsters #1 is not going to be for everyone, but for those of us who can spot a great monster tale in a formulaic structure, it's going to hit like Frankenstein's sword. As a horror fan, as a monster fan, Gotham City Monsters is my jam. Read Full Review

  • 10 - Tanner Dedmon Sep 11, 2019

    Many stories set in Gotham look to explore the bleak, seedy underbelly of the city, often succeeding in their attempts. But considering how Gotham is already at a critical point under Bane's control, a microscope on the volatile Monstertown that zooms even further on some of its most captivating citizens is perhaps one of the best examinations of Gotham's dark side. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Sep 26, 2019

    I love when characters like these get the spotlight, even though they tend to stick to the shadows. Gotham City Monsters is a great example of the kinds of solid storytelling you can get when you dabble with the darker side of the DC Universe. This debut issue sets the stage for an epic battle between good and evil. The funny thing is the good guys are far from your typical heroes, but they're definitely the ones you want on your side in a fight like this. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - Vishal Gullapalli Sep 11, 2019

    Gotham City Monsters is a book with a lot of style and heart, and is exactly the kind of offering that DC has been lacking for some time. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    SciFiPulse - Ian Cullen Nov 10, 2019

    A solid opening issue of Steve Orlando. It has been a few years since I read any of DC Comics take on Frankenstein and had forgotten about his tendency to sometime talk in rhyme. I also loved how Orlando gradually introduces us to a few of the monsters and their tragic backstories throughout the issue. I'm wanting to look up Orca now on the DC Database to find out more about her. Because she is a character I was not familiar with until this issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Geek'd Out - Aaron Roberts Sep 11, 2019

    Gotham City Monsters #1 is a strong introduction to a band of creepy characters. Its grimy and grotesque, often reveling in its own brutality. Exactly the kind of content you want from a comicbook that has Monsters in the title. Above all of that, though, Gotham City Monsters is simply a very fun romp through through the horror-filled corners of the DC Universe. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Nathan Koffler Sep 11, 2019

    Overall, Gotham City Monsters #1 is an entertaining read thanks to great storytelling, gorgeous and gory artwork, and some excellently written dialogue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Sep 11, 2019

    With so much of the DCU seemingly focused on Gotham, it's easy to reach the point of over saturation, but this addition to the ranks is well worth checking out. It's a lot of fun and tackles a realm of the city even Batman rarely covers. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Carl Bryan Sep 11, 2019

    I have been waiting since the 1980s for a solid Monster storyline to appear in comics. JL Dark is a perfect compliment to this new part of Gotham, but in the meantime, settle in with a good road map towards Monstertown in Gotham City Monsters #1. You know what can happen in an alley in this city, but you never know what might be around the corner in this part of town! Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    You Don't Read Comics - Jason A. Fleece Sep 11, 2019

    With its team of antihero misfits working together in a world where the grotesque lives side-by-side with the so-called normal, this book is a better Angel series than the actual Angel comic over at Boom! Studios, and would scratch the itch of fans of that property. Its a shame that, so far anyway, it feels so separate from the magic side of the DCU. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Sep 11, 2019

    With an interesting cast, a well-placed script, and impressive illustrations, Gotham City Monsters (2019-) #1 sets up what promises to be a strange yet successful mini-series. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Word Of The Nerd - Brent Jackson Sep 11, 2019

    Gotham City Monsters #1 was a great issue to get me into the “fall/Halloween” spirit even though it is early September and 96 degrees outside. Orlando does an exceptional job of writing Frankenstein and I am excited to see a lot more of that character. Orlando also makes it easy to jump into this six-issue mini-series with no prior knowledge and enjoy yourself and get invested in the story. The art is solid as well; it sets a nice tone and feel for the story and there are some good visuals throughout the issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Gregory Ellner Sep 12, 2019

    A very good introduction to the monstrous side of the DC universe and how it is a relatively different issue from the mundane and mystical elements that permeate much of the comics otherwise. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jason Jeffords Jr Sep 11, 2019

    If you're looking for a horror-themed comic from the big two, GOTHAM CITY MONSTERS #1 fills that space in a beautifully grotesque way! Between the dimly lit streets, horrific monsters, and general feeling of uneasiness, Monster City is a place best visited through a comic book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Watch - Cody White Sep 12, 2019

    An excellent start to a surprise mini-series,Gotham City Monsters #1(Orlando, Nahuelpan, Mulvihill, Napolitano) delivers a fun and thrilling delve into the more monstrous denizens of Gotham City. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Michael Escalante Sep 11, 2019

    Gotham City Monsters is a book about outsiders regaining their sense of worth in a world uprooted by chaos. I only hope Orlando digs deep into those themes and doesn't lose himself in upping the stakes of Melmoth's plot too much. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - C.K. Stewart Sep 11, 2019

    Keep an eye on this one " Gotham City Monsters has the potential to be one of the best comics events of the fall. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Sep 11, 2019

    There's some lost potential in this story, but there's also a real sense of urgency. Combined with Amancay Nahuelpan's vivid art that captures the horror of the events effectively, this series is off to an intriguing start. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Major Spoilers - Stacy Baugher Sep 11, 2019

    Gotham City Monsters rises above the status of sales grab to be a solid and engaging issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Oct 1, 2020

    With this just being a six-issue run and part of the DC Universe service that I'm reading it on, it's an easy one to keep up with over the next few months. I like the cast of characters and to see where they stand, some of them a decade since I last saw them, has its appeal. I'm primarily curious about the big picture that's teased here and just wanting to see more of Killer Croc as he's a character I've liked with the way he's moved across the lines of being a villain. Orlando's script is fairly busy as there's a lot to introduce here and a lot of exposition style pieces to get things in place but it works well enough and will hopefully smooth out more as it progresses and the main event reveals itself. I like the curious cast of characters and getting to spend some time in Monstertown as well as Gotham is just where I like to see minor characters play within the DC world. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Sep 11, 2019

    Gotham City Monsters #1 is an odd one. While the comic itself is entertaining it never quite makes the case as to why it needs to exist. With so many events and such a big story it ties in to, there's never a real sense of urgency or threat. The tone too in design and story never quite matches the concept both being a little light for what should be more serious. There's potential here but this may be one to wait for the eventual trade. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Sep 11, 2019

    The end result is that the story is just okay and that the art is pretty okay. And that's about it. It seems like the creators are afraid to throw much caution to the wind so it ended up being kind of boring. And I'd rather crazy nuts than this. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Batman Universe - Theodis Wright Sep 12, 2019

    The first issue is a basic intro story with a nice mixture of action sprinkled in. It's the art, however, that gives the issue a higher rating. On the other hand, I am hopeful we see things progress as the story moves forward. There's definitely enough to keep my interest for now. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Weird Science - Jeremy Daw Sep 11, 2019

    As introductory issues go, this is a decidedly mixed bag. Frankenstein is probably the best-written character, but the storytelling relies too much on spoken exposition and not enough on allowing the reader to follow the characters as they find stuff out for themselves. Nahuelpan's art is very good, but the issue as a whole is disappointingly flat and, despite an intriguing cast, lacks the impact and sense of fun I was hoping for. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Newsarama - Forrest C. Helvie Sep 12, 2019

    Gotham City Monsters already felt like a long shot title just based on concept alone, but without the execution to back it up, these horror heroes might be (un)dead on arrival. Read Full Review

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