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Ben’s ProFan Review: Monster Massacre, Vol. 2

Monster Massacre, Vol. 2
By Imaginary Friends Studios and STELLAR Labs (Dave Elliot, Editor)
Titan Comics, Large Format Hardcover, 176 pages, $22.99 US
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Monster Massacre, Vol. 2 | Cover

It’s the early 1980s all over again; I’m 14 years old, and I’m feverishly reading through a copy of Heavy Metal magazine for the trippy comics and hot nude fantasy babes. At this particular 7-11 convenience store, it’s not kept behind the counter with Playboy and Penthouse and the other adult magazines, and I can buy Heavy Metal without a problem. But wait . . . this is actually 2014, and this hardcover I’m holding isn’t Heavy Metal, but the second Monster Massacre collection from Titan Comics.

The creators of the comics in Monster Massacre, Vol. 2 would hopefully be delighted with that comparison, however, because the feeling of déjà vu I had while reading this was absolutely palpable. Like listening to Rush’s Signals LP, this collection takes me right back to my teens with its gorgeous artwork and quick-and-pithy stories. You get superheroes, hard SF, war and fantasy tales. And did I mention the naked women? Oh yeah, them, too. By the score.

This is not a book you’d want your mom finding, but it’s guaranteed to spark many a teenage imagination . . . or in the case of an old reprobate comic reader like me, make the reader feel young again.

This collection is presented in a gorgeous large format hardcover that reminds me in feel of a UK-style “annual” for a show such as Doctor Who or Life on Mars. As usual with a Titan product, quality of the printing and binding is top-notch. Unlike an old copy of Heavy Metal, the cover on Monster Massacre, Vol. 2 won’t get bent up . . . but on the other hand, you also can’t roll it up and stick it in the pocket of your skinny teenage jeans.

If you’re a fan of gorgeous comics art for its own sake, Monster Massacre, Vol. 2 will be a great way to spend an afternoon or two. There’s a lot of talent on display here, in more ways than one.

About Ben Adams (8 Articles)
Ben Adams is a writer and sometime record-store manager who has stumbled into the strange world of IT educational consulting. He has stories in anthologies including 100 Vicious Little Vampire Stories, 100 Wicked Little Witch Stories, Miskatonic University, and was co-editor of the anthology Cthulhu’s Children for Del Rey Books. His Doctor Who short fiction can be found in the anthologies Short Trips: The Centenarian and Short Trips: Snapshots.

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