With a title that grabs attention, can Alien Toilet Monsters by Carol Zara and Eric Barnett keep hold of it? Find out below.
Don’t let the title fool you folks, Alien Toilet Monsters is anything but an homage to the B-grade scifi movies of yesteryear. Instead, it is a cleverly written comic that, at times, serves as an allegory for the comic fanbase and the global community in general.
The story takes place in the near future where the existence of parallel dimensions, or multiverse, has effected our society as well as ignited some skepticism among our universe’s inhabitants. Zara and Barnett take that as an opportunity to make some fun social commentary starring some of the supporting characters of the first part of their story, “Breaking The Seal”.
Most of this issue centers around Frankie, an owner of a diner whose wife had passed away some 15 years prior, and thanks to the multiverse an alternate version of his wife visits him. Things seem to be looking up for Frankie as he is now reunited with his love until his younger, more handsome doppelganger from a different dimension appears. One of the main rules in this multiverse two versions of the same person must never interact with one another or it will cause a dimensional rift. A police force called the I.M.P.D., which was created to enforce this rule among others, show up immediately after and, despite their presence, the two Frankies touch and one of them gets blasted out of reality.
This comic also features other interesting characters who appear as customers of Frankie’s restaurant, “Chez Frankie”. In particular, Andrea, who goes by the screen name “4NDR34”, a fangirl of the FCWWT (Flying Cockroaches With Werewolf Teeth). The FCWWT are mascots for a soft drink brand that have become a pop culture sensation – think Spuds McKenzie if your my age or the cheetah for those Cheetos commercials if you’re younger. Andrea gets hyped upon being alerted that a movie starring FCWWT is in the works. However, after reading that an unknown actress named Carol Zara has landed the lead role, Andrea spouts off a tirade that is devilishly hilarious and accurate when it comes to the amplified/often unnecessary backlash stemming from nerd rage about any major superhero movie casting ever (there’s some of that clever allegory).
So what about the alien toilet monsters themselves? There’s a hint that they’re on their way.
Overall, Zara and Barnett delivered a rare treat that stands out from what seems like a decade of constant, ill-conceived reboots and relaunches from the big two. I highly recommend it.
One more thing that I’d like to mention is that co-writer Eric Barnett also served as the artist for this issue and has a great panache for creating dynamic panels throughout the story.
Alien Toilet Monsters #1 is available for purchase at these local comic shops here