ALIEN TOILET MONSTERS #1 by Carol Zara and Eric Barnett
ALIEN TOILET MONSTERS #1 weaves together three story lines involving unique characters. This first issue masterfully sets up these stories while providing context to the world the characters live in. The artwork is creative and versatile in how it represents each character's individuality.
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Introductions Done Right

ALIEN. TOILET. MONSTERS. This is a title that captures your attention right away. ALIEN TOILET MONSTERS #1 is the result of creators Carol Zara and Eric Barnett’s hard work. As stated on the comic’s website, the comic series is described as a “nihilistic satire that shamelessly probes the underside of humanity,” a fitting description for a comic series that introduces multiple universes in its first issue. After all, one’s life can seem meaningless when there are hundreds of other universes like our own. Carol Zara and Eric Barnett have created a fascinating world with character stories that many are sure to connect with. Let’s dive right into the wonderfully weird world of ALIEN TOILET MONSTERS!

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ALIEN TOILET MONSTER #1 wastes no time introducing our main characters. First is Frankie, a man who lost the love of his life. Now Frankie owns and runs a restaurant called Chez Frankie’s. Next, there is Andrea or 4NDR34 to her followers in virtual reality (VR). Andrea is a fan of Flying Cockroaches with Werewolf Teeth (FCWWT). These mascots originally used to sell soda, but fans loved FCWWT so much a show was made about them. While at Chez Frankie’s, Andrea receives exciting news that FCWWT will be made into a movie! However, Andrea becomes furious when it is announced that unknown actress Carol Zara will be playing the lead role. Finally, with Carol Zara’s introduction, this concludes our trio of protagonists. The remainder of the issue focuses on Frankie. Apparently, Frankie has a troubled past with the I.M.P.D. The issue concludes with Frankie’s past literally catching up with him.

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What is the I.M.P.D.? And Where Are the Alien Toilet Monsters?

Based on the issue, all that is known about the I.M.P.D is that they are a police force responsible for keeping people from jumping multiple universes. They are mentioned towards the end of the issue and make an appearance shortly after. This most likely has to do with the dangers of having two versions of the same individual meeting. In ALIEN TOILET MONSTERS #1, two versions of the same character from two universes meet. The I.M.P.D arrive shortly after and they implore that the two individuals do not touch one another. This implies that I.M.P.D exists to prevent whatever catastrophe occurs when two versions of the same person touch.

While the comic is called ALIEN TOILET MONSTERS, their role in this story has yet to be seen. As the story continues, I’m sure the alien toilet monsters will reveal themselves and influence each character’s story. So while they may be on the cover and in the title, there are no alien toilet monsters in this first issue.

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Despite the lack of alien toilet monsters, I must congratulate creators Carol Zara and Eric Barnett for a stellar first issue. Not only did ALIEN TOILET MONSTERS #1 introduce three unique characters, it seamlessly weaved their stories together. What is truly impressive is how different each of the characters’ stories is. What makes them so relatable is that at some point readers have come across characters like Frankie, Andrea, and Carol. The writers have created universally identifiable characters, while still making them unique within their own world. It’s exciting to see how their stories will play out and how they’ll affect one another.

Incredibly Memorable Artwork

Another aspect worth noting is the artwork for each character. Barnett’s drawings express each character’s individuality. Carol Zara’s scenes were almost all artwork with very little dialogue. Seeing her touch her stomach fat after her boyfriend blew her off on Valentine’s Day told us so much about her. The background colors for her scene were light and non-threatening. It signified Carol’s more sensitive self-esteem. The artwork for Frankie reflects his somber mood. The dark red and black colors mixed with the harsh rugged landscapes of the restaurant made for a depressing setting. The artwork used for Andrea was my personal favorite. Barnett really let his creativity flow when drawing her sequences in VR. He would draw Andrea as a short cute chibi version while in the VR, allowing for more animated expressions. Also, the progression of Andrea’s rage when she found out about Carol’s casting was both terrifying and hilarious.

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Who’s Talking Now?

My only complaint with ALIEN TOILET MONSTERS #1 would have to be the speech bubbles. The issue usually used speech bubbles in a creative way. For example, Carol’s speech bubble turned into a broken heart when her boyfriend blew her off on Valentine’s Day. Moments like that were clever and subtle ways of letting the reader know how a character felt. However, it was challenging during scenes with multiple characters speaking. I had to re-read certain sections and piece together the dialogue using logic. Although this happened only infrequently in the issue, so it wasn’t that distracting.

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Final Thoughts on ALIEN TOILET MONSTERS #1

Adult sci-fi fans will most likely be the ones to appreciate ALIEN TOILET MONSTERS #1. Not to mention with a name like ALIEN TOILET MONSTERS, you know you’re in for a strange ride. Additionally, the characters and their story lines are exceptionally unique. The artwork is amazingly creative at times and really illustrates what goes on in the characters’ heads without explicitly stating it. It is a must-read for anyone a fan of delightfully bizarre stories.

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