Comic Rewind: Monsters Unleashed

A new powerful ally has joined the superhero scene, but he is just a 11-year-old boy in Monsters Unleashed issues 1-5.

Kei Kawade is known as Kid Kaiju and he is able to summon creatures from all reality.  He does this by just drawing them on a paper.  Kawade has five creatures at his call and live outside his home.  His home is on a private island with his parents.  A S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier floats over their home.

The problem is Kawade is too willing to jump into battle.  He is supposed to be the last resort option, but he jumps into every battle he can.  Kawade’s kaiju are each a couple hundred feet tall and cause massive destruction when they get involved.

Elsa Bloodstone is a vampire hunter and is also Kawade’s personal bodyguard.  If he were to fall into the wrong hands the results could be very bad to say the least.  However, that is exactly what the New Intelligencia is trying to do.

The New Intelligencia is comprised of Mole Man, The Leader, Mad Thinker, Mister Sinister and MODOK.  They come up with a plan for Mole Man to kidnap Kawade and force him to summon kaiju.  However, Mole Man has other plans for the young boy.

Monsters Unleashed is written by Cullen Bunn with art by David Baldeon, Marcio Menyz, Arthur Davis and Peter Steigerwald.  I read issues 1-5 which will make up the first volume, but the volume is not out yet.  Marvel Comics publishes the comic and is an ongoing series.

I am still gripped by the Halloween spirit and I wanted to read something with monsters.  When I saw this comic I knew it was not going to be a scary comic.  However, I didn’t know it was more of a children’s comic.  I had hoped for some horror elements in the comic, but there are none.

This is extremely kid friendly and is a fun comic for kids, but unfortunately I am no longer a kid because of this I was kinda bored with the comic.

I liked how this is very much set in the Marvel universe with S.H.I.E.L.D. and some well known villains, but I wish it was set more in the Marvel universe.  This is an origin story, but I didn’t see an origin.  It would be interesting to see how he discovered his Inhuman ability and him first using it.  

However, jumping in so late into the story would have made it possible to see him interact with other Marvel heroes.  I would have liked to see him get called to help the Avengers or some group.

Not connecting this comic into the Marvel universe makes the events feel unimportant.  Someone with his ability missing would be a big deal and people would know about him and be looking for him.

This comic is set in its own little corner of Marvel which is fine, but I think it would work better if it was a little more involved. Doing so would be tightrope walk of not being too involved, but it would only take one step more involved to help a lot.

It is hard to have a strong opinion on this comic when it is meant not for me.  I highly recommend this comic for kids.  The comic has very simple premise and is not tied in any continuity and requires very little prior Marvel universe knowledge.  It is a great Marvel starter comic read for kids.


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