IDW Publishing (June, 2012)‘GIANT MONSTERS ARE THE DISEASE: MEET THE CURE” WRITER: Duane Swierczynski ARTIST: Simon Gane COLORIST: Ronda Pattison LETTERER/CREATIVE CONSULTANT: Chris Mowry EDITOR: Bobby Curnow CHOSEN COVER ART: Zach Howard (artist) & Nelson Daniel (colorist)
Boxer assembles the rest of his team, including his ex, who is also an army scientist, and a mute driver who narrates the issue. Their first target (after charging for the service) is Anguirus. One of the weapons they’ve been able to appropriate is a gun that should give the monster a headache–if they ever get to use it on him.
What they got right: The team is complete and I kind of like Clare. Smart, sexy (in the modern-day action film mold at least) and sassy. I wouldn’t date her but I like watching her. Anguirus returns and resembles his suit (as in he walks on his knees, a silly design when you don’t have to worry about a guy in a suit, but it’s traditional).
What they got wrong: Boxer is starting to make me wish for Sgt. Woods back. When he arrives in Edinburgh to chase Anguirus (when Irv wanted to go after the spider that killed his husband, and frankly the only monster I can believe a group like this could actually take down), Boxer’s first move is to punch a soldier in the throat and blackmail the government to taking it down. (What’s he’s trying to buy, Mechagodzilla?) Our hero, people. Oh, and I don’t care how much explosive Irv is packing, they’ve battled these things with tanks and rocket launchers. Nothing that can be packed into a time bomb that small would even phase it. I’m starting to feel like Film Brain, and we’re only at issue 2.
Recommendation: I can’t say this is a bad comic, but the stupid levels are nearing Kingdom of Monsters for a whole different reason and making me wish Legends was the ongoing. I plan to keep nitpicking this storyline, but I wouldn’t think less of anyone who found something to enjoy in this storyline. Thus far it’s mostly personal gripes.