Advanced Review: Mondo #1
If there’s one thing that Image Comics and Shadowline aren’t afraid to put on the racks it’s definitely books that break the usual mold of comic book fare. Mondo is one of those books. After a factory worker named Mandu, who most people call Catfish, is exposed to radiation at the chicken plant he works for, he’s turned into a giant hulking monster. Stranger still are the constant exposures to chickens, talking eggs, and the hellcat girl on roller skates that will literally feed you your arm.
This comic is flat out strange in a very enjoyable way. It’s black and white, in your face, and not afraid to take a walk on the edge. It explores a number of “what if” scenarios, including what would happen if a food plant was using radiation to grow their meat, and what it would be like if the weird guy who was picked on all the time was given incredible strength. Each of these topics is uncomfortable in their own right, but paired together they’re especially unnerving.
So would this be a comic book for everyone? I’d have to go with no. It’s more for the fans of comic books in the 90’s that were very crazy and off-the-wall. I can see someone who really enjoyed the original run of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or fans of Heavy Metal Magazine getting into this in a big way. But in terms of regular comic book readers of Marvel and DC, I don’t think it’s up their alley. It’s not bad by any means, just not a mainstream comic.
If you’re looking for a book that breaks all the boundaries, steps out of the comfort zone, and might make you cringe a little when you go to eat your next serving of chicken, then this is the book for you. If you want a classic Hulk type of story then you might want to keep on walking past. I still think it was a really fun read.