Monarch #1

Writer: Rodney Barnes Artist: Alex Lins Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: February 8, 2023 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 6
8.7Critic Rating
8.1User Rating


A new tale of terror and high-stakes science fiction hits close to home!

Growing up in the city of Compton is tough enough as it is, but as Travon has learned all too well, growing up as an orphan in the city of Compton with gang members hunting you down every day is even tougher. But all of that is about to change, because today is the day that aliens make first contact with Earth-and it only spells doom for life as we know it!

Death, devastation, and mayhem-can a single teenage boy rise to the challenge and protect his surrogate family and friends...or will he die trying?


  • 10
    AIPT - Ronnie Gorham Feb 8, 2023

    Monarch #1 is a terrific start to what looks to be a very promising fantastic sci-fi adventure. Each page is better than the last, with art and colors that give it an extinction-level event feel. Monarch #1 is an excellent start and a must-read. Read Full Review

  • 10
    COMICON - Scott Redmond Feb 15, 2023

    ‘Monarch' #1 is a pitch-perfect debut issue that creates a complex and fleshed-out dangerous world for the characters and reader alike, taking us on a ride similar but different from so many others. Fans of science fiction and just fantastic human stories need to pick this one up for sure. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Graphic Policy - Ricardo Denis Jan 30, 2023

    Monarch #1 is an impressive debut that builds a living, dangerous world with complex characters that already carry a considerable amount of personal history with them. It's impossible not to root for Travon and you will keep turning the pages with a certain reluctance for fear of what might happen to him throughout. But turn them you shall, and you won't want to stop. Monarch is just that good. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Feb 8, 2023

    This coming-of-age story covering the trials of inner-city foster children reminds us of the need to let go of injuries and rejection to embrace the possibilities life offers. Through a multi-layered storytelling approach, Monarch #1 transforms a familiar premise into a beautiful and unique reminder about the fulfilling and freeing power of acceptance and love. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Watch - Seth A. Feb 9, 2023

    Monarch #1 is a great start and addition to the sci-fi horror genre. It manages to feel epic while down to earth and should be on your pull list. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lotusland Comics - Hank Rea Feb 10, 2023

    'Monarch' takes readers on an exciting and thrilling emotional journey at the crossroads of a heartwarming coming-of-age story and an alien invasion. Travon's life of uncertainty to familial triumph back to destruction will glue readers to the pages of 'Monarch,' a winning new sci-fi series from Barnes and Lins. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Ingrid Lind-Jahn Feb 13, 2023

    Travon goes from being hunted by a gang to hiding from aliens. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Justin Munday Jan 21, 2023

    Keeping the human in the alien invasion story, Monarch #1 portrays a realistic and tangible perspective in the backdrop of a tense sci-fi horror comic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Feb 8, 2023

    Rodney Barnes and Alex Lins deliver an engaging start to the Monarch series. All the characters bring you into the world that is crafted and makes the eventual turn into an alien invasion story have a greater impact. The ending hooked me to be invested in finding out what happens after I finished Monarch #1. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Connor Casey Feb 8, 2023

    Monarch #1 is one gut punch after another, but the characters it manages to create amidst the devastating chaos are already captivating. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GWW - Brian Villar Feb 8, 2023

    Monarch is a unique read as it feels like multiple stories, with one ending and another beginning. Barnes brings his experience with writing different mediums into this issue with how it ends on cliffhangers, forcing readers to come back to the next issue to see what happened with the aliens and Travon. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Matthew Blair Feb 10, 2023

    Its a sweet and solid coming of age story, but the mature dialogue and violence might make the book feel a bit out of reach for the younger readers who would really enjoy it. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Capes & Tights - Taylor Jordan Feb 9, 2023

    Overall, Monarch #1 has a lot going for it great illustrations and lettering combined with an interesting plot that takes place in a unique setting like Compton makes this comic worth checking out for any comic book fan. However, as far as first issues go, some may find that this one falls short due to its slow pacing and scattered structure which fails to effectively tie all its elements together though hopefully future issues will improve upon that! So if you're looking for something new to read or love alien invasion stories than give Monarch #1 a chance! Read Full Review

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