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Monarch #5

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 5 critic ratings.


The truth revealed! Travon’s true nature comes out when an unexpected betrayal by a close friend leaves Daysha’s life hanging in the balance! Now, Travon has to find a way to save the love of his life—if he still can—while battling relentless creatures from beyond the stars that are intent on destroying mankind!

From RODNEY BARNES, the star comics writer behind the Eisner-nominated series KILLADELPHIA and the writer/executive producer of HBO’s Winning Time, and up-and-coming Marvel artist ALEX LINS comes a tale of love, triumph, disaster, and defeat!

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Kindle Edition
Print Length
32 pages
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5 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 90

    Major Spoilers

    Monarch #5 puts young people who have barely figured out where they are in life into the midst of a conflict for the survival of life on Earth. They are courageous, vulnerable, and interesting, and it looks like the future could be in good hands.

  • 90

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    We all have an origin story. Yet life changes us. What happens when we no longer want the life we envisioned? Can we belong somewhere else? Or does switching sides mean we’ll never belong anywhere? Set against a backdrop of alien invasion, Monarch #5 wrestles with profound questions that–sooner or later–each of us must ask ourselves.

  • 80

    You Don't Read Comics

    The basic ideas crossing over the page in the fifth issue echo sci-fi tropes that have been around for decades. Nevertheless, Barnes, Lins, and NCT bring deeply engaging emotion to an old story that feels fresh. In five issues, Monarch has managed to slowly develop something that looks like it could be headed in an interesting direction. If Barnes and company can find a novel resolution in the next couple of issues, they might have found some new life for an old trope. Time will tell.

  • 80

    First Comics News

  • 60

    While I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the art style and many aspects of this series, it seems incapable of stringing together more than one solid issue at a time. Monarch #5 arrives to primarily recap the series’ events before nudging its way toward plot progression only for the book’s most annoying subplot to pop back up right at the end. It’s hard to tell if the series is nudging its way toward some sort of status quo or rush toward an ending (it still could honestly go either way) but the big emotional gut punches aren’t hitting like they did back in the opening issue.

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