Monarch #5

Writer: Rodney Barnes Artist: Alex Lins Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: June 14, 2023 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 4 User Reviews: 4
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The truth revealed! Travon's true nature comes out when an unexpected betrayal by a close friend leaves Daysha's life hanging in the balance! Now, Travon has to find a way to save the love of his life-if he still can-while battling relentless creatures from beyond the stars that are intent on destroying mankind!

From RODNEY BARNES, the star comics writer behind the Eisner-nominated series KILLADELPHIA and the writer/executive producer of HBO's Winning Time, and up-and-coming Marvel artist ALEX LINS comes a tale of love, triumph, disaster, and defeat!

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Ingrid Lind-Jahn Jun 15, 2023

    Monarch #5 puts young people who have barely figured out where they are in life into the midst of a conflict for the survival of life on Earth. They are courageous, vulnerable, and interesting, and it looks like the future could be in good hands. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Comicbook Dispatch - dragoncache Jun 14, 2023

    We all have an origin story. Yet life changes us. What happens when we no longer want the life we envisioned? Can we belong somewhere else? Or does switching sides mean we'll never belong anywhere? Set against a backdrop of alien invasion, Monarch #5 wrestles with profound questions thatsooner or latereach of us must ask ourselves. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Jun 14, 2023

    The basic ideas crossing over the page in the fifth issue echo sci-fi tropes that have been around for decades. Nevertheless, Barnes, Lins, and NCT bring deeply engaging emotion to an old story that feels fresh. In five issues, Monarch has managed to slowly develop something that looks like it could be headed in an interesting direction. If Barnes and company can find a novel resolution in the next couple of issues, they might have found some new life for an old trope. Time will tell.  Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Connor Casey Jun 14, 2023

    It's hard to tell if the series is nudging its way toward some sort of status quo or rush toward an ending (it still could honestly go either way) but the big emotional gut punches aren't hitting like they did back in the opening issue. Read Full Review

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