Review: Mega #1
In the mood for some Pacific Rim mixed in with a little Lovecraftian horror and some hyper detailed monster art with unique designs? The do yourself a favor and check out Salvador Sanz's (presumably?) first chapter of his horror action title Mega. As far as I can tell this still hasn't been released in print in the US, but you can read the entire issue for free over at the Stonebot website. I'm really hoping that it continues on as the story is constructed in such a way that it would make for a great ongoing.
Mega follows a little girl named Tina and her father who have recently found out that Tina's grandfather has gone missing. He's disappeared on an expedition of sort (along with the entire crew and ship), and while Tina's father is working through his mixed emotions about hit father Tina starts having dreams.
Meanwhile, an earthquake in Antarctica has revealed something very Lovecraftian.
Like seriously, you know you're in Lovecraft trouble when an army of penguins dead stare off into the horizon.
Meanwhile, Tina's grandfather starts giving some cryptic hints from the dreamscape (as one does), and we get some nice creepy midnight visitor action in the real world.
The story mostly switches gears into being a kaiju comic as a creature arrives in Uruguay and starts to cause plenty of glorious destruction.
That's a good guy. I like dat guy.
The story flips back and forth between Tina's story and the threat of the monster as connections are drawn through discoveries her grandfather made and an artifact he left behind that can aid humanity. And while I will say the plot is fairly simple and follows a predictable path, that doesn't make it any less entertaining when a guardian monster kaiju shows up and we get a full on rumble.
The main draw of the story is definitely Sanz's artwork with its lavish attention to detail and unique design work for the creatures. While I find his human forms to be a bit rigid, that rigidness works well in conjunction with the atmosphere of the horror he's building up. There's different scales of horror being developed as the story progresses and Sanz develops the background mythology to his world of monsters.
At the moment I can't really find any hint as to if this story will continue or not, but I really hope it does and that we don't have to wait an eternity for a translation. I've never really seen a mix between giant monster fiction and Lovecraftian cosmic horror undertones, so there's a unique alchemy at work on this title. And I would absolutely love this to be printed in an oversized format so that we can appreciate Sanz's artwork on a scale that does it justice.