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Monsters Unleashed! #1

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Gigantic monsters are attacking Earth. It's up Marvel's heroes to stop them.

What's this? Another Marvel event? First of all, you can relax. This isn't the usual crossover we've been seeing lately. Monsters Unleashed starts out as more of a look around the world. When giant monsters appear, the Avengers are at the scene to put a stop to them and to save civilians. What we soon discover is, this is not an isolated event. Heroes are seen at other locations around the world, fighting similar gigantic beasts.

In other words, we have heroes fighting evil forces instead of each other.

In some ways, this is a showcase of the beauty of a shared comic universe. Often, there's a nagging feeling in the back of your mind, or at least mind, wondering where the other heroes are when a catastrophe is taking place. Giant monsters attacking cities? You bet the heroes will make their way to fight them. When it's an attack spread around the world, we see a fight on many fronts.

From this first issue, we don't see a full fledge traditional crossover. The different teams and heroes are spread out. We can assume they may come together, but for now, they each have their own area to cover. I'm not sure why the X-Men were in London, but thankfully they immediately jumped into their fight.

Cullen Bunn throws us right into the action from the first page. The art is gorgeously handled by Steve McNiven and Jay Leisten with art by David Curiel. We get a great sense of the scope of the danger and Curiel's colors really enhance the scenes with how he handles the lighting and explosions.

There were some moments the dialogue felt a little off. It makes sense for someone like Hercules to be boisterous. Jane Foster may have Asgardian powers, but I don't really remember her refer to herself in the third person often. It's understandable with big action sequences, the characters need to say something. Otherwise it's just a series of panels with fighting.

Monsters Unleashed delivers a different sort of comic book event. Cullen Bunn, Steven McNiven, Jay Leisten, and David Curiel set the stage across Earth in the Marvel Universe when giant monsters begin attacking. The appearances by the different characters show the scope of the threat without cramming the heroes in each others' faces. Marvel superheroes fighting huge beasts isn't something we everyday. The rest of the monster-fighting issues should be a blast as well. This is a good setup and nice hors d'oeuvre for what's coming next.

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Posted By CaptainMarvel4Ever

Wait.... another Event? I didn't even know about this one (admittedly I haven't been paying as much attention to comics as of late) Marvel.... seriously... you have a problem, seek help

You may have hurt us many times before, but if you're willing to change... well gosh darn it, we'll be here for you

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Posted By CaptainMarvel4Ever

But nah seriously people, don't buy this

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Posted By oldwasher
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Edited By CaptainMarvel4Ever

@oldwasher: Oh wow, you're right.

Well, at least they took a step forward, so that's a positive

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Edited By Mark_Stephen

"In other words, we have heroes fighting evil forces instead of each other."

Do the marvel writers even know how to write a story like that anymore?

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Posted By Aros001

"In other words, we have heroes fighting evil forces instead of each other."

Do the marvel writers even know how to write a story like that anymore?

I imagine that one of the monsters will have telepathic powers and take control of some of the heroes, forcing them to fight each other.

Or perhaps this is the event they'll use as reference for the future.

"See! Not all of our crossovers are hero vs. hero, so you guys don't get to complain about the next five or ten event comics if and when they are hero vs. hero!"

All joking aside, I of course still hope this event turns out well.

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Posted By phocracker

Omfg, what I always wanted. Heroes vs non heroes!!!! -_- seriously Marvel, monsters? It's not even Halloween -_____- where's the EVENT BREAK for a couple months at least, a minor build up to a villain doing something horrific, drama between teams, certain teams taking on something, others simply doing their job, something big happens, heroes gather, something happens, a hero actually dies, continue and s on....

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Posted By gamiz7

What heroes are fighting which heroes on this event?

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Posted By Maddpanda531

Just picked up the first issue today and I've got to say, it was really refreshing having a big event where the heroes are just being heroes and fighting evil. Very fun issue.

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Posted By oldwasher

@captainmarvel4ever: well not entirely. I'm pretty sure secret empire will be a hero vs hero event.

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Edited By kidchipotle

From my perspective, the monsters ARE heroes.

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Posted By sesquipedalophobe
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Posted By superior_prime_maybe

marvel should only do events.

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@oldwasher said:@captainmarvel4ever: At least its not another hero vs hero event.

the problem isn't just heroes vs heroes for me. Marvel has 3 events going on right now while advertising the next one. I'm sure there will be some really great ones but they will only get lost in an ocean of mediocrity.

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Edited By pikahyper

I wouldn't consider this an event since it is a stand-alone mini-series, this doesn't even qualify to be added to the wiki as a story arc. It's more like Contest of Champions.

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Posted By AtheistKnowledge

I wouldn't call it an event either, except for a fact that Marvel themselves call it a massive event.

https://news.marvel.com/comics/26736/marvel_unleashes_the_monsters/

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Posted By GeekMangacomic

I'm just happy to see more Elsa Bloodstone.

Now where's Blade at Marvel?

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Posted By Aros001

I'm just happy to see more Elsa Bloodstone.

Now where's Blade at Marvel?

Well Blade's already black, which means Marvel can't replace him with someone else to be more "diverse" so what's the point in them focusing on his stories?

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Posted By Farkam

@aros001 said:
@geekmangacomic said:

I'm just happy to see more Elsa Bloodstone.

Now where's Blade at Marvel?

Well Blade's already black, which means Marvel can't replace him with someone else to be more "diverse" so what's the point in them focusing on his stories?

lol

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Posted By KidKaiju

Fun and Refreshing.

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Posted By pikahyper

@atheistknowledge: That's just the Marvel hype machine at work, reading the interview it doesn't even sound like they know what it is, Bunn talking about it like it is a company wide crossover and Alonso comparing it to Secret War and Civil War II, if not for whatever "new player(s)" (probably some new young diverse child of Mole Man) they are introducing in it it could easily be stand alone and out of continuity like Contest of Champions. They just want to play up something small to make up for any profit losses from the events, they are even releasing the digital Special Edition version online like big event books.

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Posted By Druzzie

Notice the art cover, the old guard is in the back drop, women are on top and Miles take up a lot of space with Kamala. It's the new age!

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Posted By deactivated-5c8fd6cb3e4f4

@druzzie said:

Notice the art cover, the old guard is in the back drop, women are on top and Miles take up a lot of space with Kamala. It's the new age!

LOL

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Posted By LooneyTune2250

"In other words, we have heroes fighting evil forces instead of each other."

Is this the Twilight Zone?

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Posted By Aliltron

I thought it was pretty fun. Nothing mind blowing but it was fun to see Marvel heroes fighting monsters. The art was really great as well.

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Posted By illmatic4177

Wow, now I remember why I stopped visiting this site as much. Almost every comment on here is people bitching without even reading the book.

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Posted By SirFizzWhizz

I love to see Marvel Godzilla back again for this as the final boss.

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Posted By ToRANBlAk

@captainmarvel4ever: At least its not another hero vs hero event.

Dont worry about it im sure secret empire is a hero v hero event.

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Posted By deactivated-5c8fd6cb3e4f4

this site is dying what happened to these lol