Department of Monsterology: Monsterology 101 – spoiler free

monsterology 101Department of Monsterology:
Monsterology 101

Published by Renegade Arts Entertainment
8th October 2014
128 Pages £14.99/$19.99

Writer: Gordon Rennie
Artist: PJ Holden
Colours: Steven Denton
Letters: Jim Campbell
Editor: Alexander Finbow

Created by Gordon Rennie and PJ Holden

This trade paperback collects the four part series from 2013, published by Renegade Arts Entertainment. Also included is the Prologue, published in the UK in Judge Dredd Megazine and in USA Today over in the States. Rounding out this book is a follow-uo story The Trouble with Harry.

Creator owned from a publishing house specialising in creator owned projects. A cracking read this one.

Gordon Rennie and PJ Holden are possibly familiar to you for their work in 2000AD, both have worked on Judge Dredd. Gordon has also created Absalom for 2000AD and currently writes Jaegir. PJ Holden worked with Gordon on the 86ers in 200AD among other titles. You can read an interview with PJ Holden about Department of Monsterology, you can also read an interview with Gordon, mostly about Jaegir.

I’ve reviewed work by Steven Denton in The Psychedelic Journal of Time Travel and Jim Campbell in Hoax Hunters & Vampire Vixens of the Wehrmacht. Actually there is a lot of Jim Campbell on this blog (yes, including an interview).

So as you can tell, it is a group of creators whose work I regularly enjoy.

Slow to catch on last year this is one opf those little gems too many people found too late. There were cases of multiple re-orders through Diamond, the major comic distributor, for the four part series. A sequel has been confirmed.

Hopefully those that missed out on the original run can jump on board now.

Department of Monsterology is the slang term for a Dunsay College research team , correctly known as the Department of Cryptozoology, Mythological Studies, Parapsychology and Fortean Phenomena. Easy to see why people refer to it as the Department of Monsterology.

The Prologue introduces us to the Department, both at Dunsay College and in the field. It ialso introduces us to Emma Hampton, representative of the Hampton Foundation which supplies the bulk of the funding for the Department. Quite what, Miss Hampton wants to know, does the Department do with so much money?

In the main feature from the 2013 miniseries we follow two of the field research teams; Team Challenger and Team
Carnacki. The teams are on separate investigations that take both around the world to varying locations. It is a large cast but easy to keep track of. There are many twists and turns that keep the plot interesting.

The final part of this book deals with one member of Team Challenger, Professor Harry Wilmington. He’s quite a character.

There are heroes and villains in this scientific romp through a world of mahic and wonders, dinosaurs, beasts and Cthulhu like creatures.

If your local comic store doesn’t stock this you can order it through them with the reference AUG141645 or direct from Renegade Arts Entertainment.

 

 

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