Updated on 16 October, 2021
The Monster Under The Bed Comic by Rich Vasko is the latest comic from the popular team of DC comics' Justice League. The comic takes place in a world where magic has been almost entirely abolished. sorcerers, wizards and witches are not born, but rather are allowed to rise to power through acts of political conquest. The superheroes, especially the ones in the Justice League, must use their wisdom and skill to help their fellow Justice League members defeat this new dangerous breed. The writing is superbly done, bringing a unique perspective to the characters and world.
The plot of the story is quite simple - a powerful sorceress named Nix becomes king and all her kingdoms fall to her. However, her dark side surfaces when she murders her own father and begins to rise further in power. This leads to a struggle for her between her compassion and her thirst for power. She is joined by another powerful witch named Xan, who tries to reason with her, but she is so driven by her ambitions that she just wants to get rid of everyone in her path to power herself.
The book is really about how each of these characters cope with their differences and hatred for each other while struggling to do the right thing and protect the innocent. For me, this book did not take a lot of twists and turns. It stayed fairly true to its title, telling the story from the perspective of the evil creatures. Although there were a few odd moments that made me laugh, I found the book to be mostly peaceful and soothing - a bit grimy in parts, but otherwise very enjoyable.
The artwork is fairly colorful and detailed, though a bit on the dark side for my tastes. The facial features of the characters are a little cartoonish, but I suppose that it works well because these are supposed to be the mischievous creatures we are meant to feel some revulsion and disgust for. I especially liked the way the eyes of some of the creatures were drawn. There was definitely a sense of humor throughout the book as well.
The story is told in first person, and the reader gets to see what drives the main characters. At times, it can be a bit too easy to lose track of time in first person, and that is never a problem for me. The writer knows when to slow down and let us into the character's heads a little. I particularly enjoyed how the book ended. The last page really took me by surprise and left me breathless.
Monster Under the Bed Comic Books have a great reputation in the world of sequential art, even though this book does not exactly scream " Sequential Art ". Still, despite the lack of flash, this book oozes personality. There is a very human sense of emotions running through the story, and that makes it very comfortable to read. And the style and format of the book (comics) fits the same mold as many other modern epics, including "Furles".
Bottom line: if you are looking for an excellent, light-hearted Christmas story, this book is highly recommended. There are quite a few adults (and a few kids) who will appreciate this light-hearted reading, and the main characters are very appealing. The cover is worth a closer look. The main character is covered in a blanket, which is a nice touch. Anyone who has ever laid in a bed feels instantly at home in one of these books.
The final rating I will give this book is a "4". The main characters are entertaining and well done, but occasionally, I wished for a little more spice in the story. Other than that, this book is fun to read. For the price, you cannot go wrong.