Saturday, October 16, 2021

Andy Richardson:

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From the Marvel Monsters Group one-shots, Andy Richardson reviews the revival of two of these monstrous publications!



Leave it to the Fantastic Four to think they can help everyone – including rampaging monsters like Fin Fang Foom and Googam.Reed Richards “helps” them by securing gainful employment for all of them, but can a supremely powerful, world-conquering beast be happy parking cars?

The answer, of course, is no, and when they accidentally unleash an even greater threat on the world, the Fin Fang Four are born! Perhaps the monsters can be redeemed after all.

Nothing like a dragon in a chef’s hat to set the right tone for this one-shot, which is part of the “Marvel Monsters Group” event featuring the return of some famous monsters to the Marvel Universe. This title also reprints the original Fin Fang Foom adventure, drawn by Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers, from 1961.








Where did all the monsters, once predominant in the Marvel Universe, go? According to this title, most of them were captured by the Collector, preserved forever in his museum.

Unfortunately, a confrontation with the Mole Man proves too much for the Collector’s facilities to handle, and suddenly Groot, Taboo, Grogg, and many other creatures walk the streets of New York once more. The problem is left to other monsters – including the Thing, the Hulk, and monstrous heroes like the Beast and Giant-Man – to solve, with the only way they know how: brute power.

This fun-filled one-shot, part of the “Marvel Monsters Group” event, is a return to a simpler time in the Marvel Universe. Steve Niles and Duncan Fegredo channel Stan Lee and Jack Kirby to the best of their ability.





Andy Richardson is a freelance writer and editor who has been reading and writing about comics for far longer than he can believe at this point. Andy can be reached via e-mail at Please use “ComicBase” as your subject line.

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