Department of Monterology: Sabbaticals
Published by Renegade Arts Entertainment
Digital every four weeks on Comixology
Issue 1 30th September 2015
Collected volume in stores 30th November 2015
Writer: Gordon Rennie
Artist: PJ Holden
Colours: Steven Denton
Letters: Jim Campbell
Editor: Alexander Finbow
Cover: Pye Parr
This is the second volume of Department of Monsterology from the same team.
Department of Monsterology is about 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.
I really enjoyed the first series but it did suffer from a slow pick up from the buying public. You can easily catch up on the series through Comixology. I’ve preordered the collection from my Local Comic Store (LCS). I think it is extra important to do this with the smaller independent publishers.
Don’t under estimate how important preordering is – and that three months before issue 1 hits the shops a publisher may already be considering the future of a comic you haven’t read yet. So anytime you think ‘I’ll try that new title’ try to Pr-Order at least 3 Months in advance.
This is a creative team I’ve read a lot… And reviewed quite a bit. In fact I’ve also interviewed Gordon Rennie, PJ Holden and Jim Campbell (though not all about Monsterology). I see these names and I know that I’ll enjoy a comic.
The first series showed how a big cast can be introduced quickly without fuss. This could be due to Gordon Rennie’s work in the British anthology 2000AD where he usually has 5 or 6 pages to get a reader hooked. Of course the ability of PJ Holden to give a distinctive look to around a dozen characters so that we know who is who at a glance helps.
The story follows field researchers looking in to the strange and the bizarre. Some may say that a member or so of the team would fit that description themselves. Be it creatures from another time or dimension these academics will track them down.
It is a lively script and full of punch with art that matches.
Each issue has a cover from Pye Parr; which I assume will be included in the collected volume. The issues will be on Comixology every dfour weeks starting 30th September and 1 week larter on ‘other platforms’