I gotta say, since Forever Evil and Villains Month started, there’s been a lot of evil floating around comic shops. But personally, the one book in this weeks release of villain books that just radiated with evil, was Mongul.
Immediately when I finished the book, I said to myself, “Who the hell wrote this?!” And when I saw that it was Jim Starlin, I fully understood why this was one of the best villain books this week. We all know Starlin created Thanos, and ever since the Avengers movie, his character has been the center of the Marvel Universe, spreading his evil throughout. Now Jim Starlin takes that evil, and layers it nice and thick over Green Lantern #23.2. What interested me the most about Mongul, is how he approached the situation at hand. Mongul’s vessel, Warworld, passed into the territories of the Oblivoron Federation. An Admiral named Pyri calls out to his ship, and demands his surrender. As Pyri stood there triumphant, he’s immediately teleported onto Warworld, and taken to Mongul. Now I saw what they were doing, clearly, right after I saw the expression on Admiral Pyri’s face when he saw Mongul give the order to execute someone in the gladiator arena. Pyri though he was commander and badass, but he’s never seen the likes of Mongul, and one like this? Neither have I. Mongul takes Admiral Pryri on a tour of Warworld, telling him of his childhood, and when he new he was a true leader. He actually reveals that a leader takes out the competition, no matter what, and he saw his unborn brother that way. His species goes though a Gestation Emergence, a birth through a giant glass incubator. Before his brother can breath, and possibly wish to one day compete with him, young Mongul takes a chair, and smashes the glass, killing his unborn brother. It was such a crazy thing to read and see, and I immediately knew the rest of this book was going to be so interesting. What happens next is best described as ‘getting morally raped by an evil Sherlock Holmes.’ On this little tour, Mongul is actually describing how he is destroying his planet, harvesting his resources, and enslaving his people. And the whole time, he’s just maliciously poetic about it. Jim Starlin really went all out. You can tell that he knew what he was a part of. A one shot for a villain in the world of Forever Evil, and this will forever, be the most evil Mongul I’ve ever read.
The story wasn’t the only thing that captured Mongul perfectly. Howard Porter really did a fantastic job in bringing Warworld and the evil of Mongul’s tyranny to life. The destruction of Oblivoron really looked great, in an intergalactic apocalypse sort of way. The real key points of the art in this issue were Mongul, the destruction, and Admiral Pyri’s face. Pyri looked scared and filled with legitimate terror. Porter really did so well with the character art, I could feel what the characters were feeling. Mongul, most of all, was the best. Not only did he look beautiful, but almost the whole time he had this malevolent smile on that made me smile, just because of how evil it was. This issue could not have had a better creative team.
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