Chloe Noonan: Monster Hunter
Written and drawn by: Marc Ellerby
Review by Bernice Watson
Chloe Noonan is in a band. She plays the keyboard. She also likes bombs, the kind that look like they have come straight out of Looney Toons. Oh and she fights monsters. Reluctantly and with only middling success. She’s keeping it real.
Marc Ellerby writes with dry wit and subtle charm. Chloe Noonan: Monster Hunter could have played a weak second fiddle to the likes of, say, Buffy the Vampire Slayer from which it clearly takes some of its inspiration but instead it is a humorous ‘what if?’ What if Buffy didn’t have any superpowers? What if she didn’t feel the call of destiny? What if her watcher was a pudgy geek with an impressive collection of comic/science fiction memorabilia? What if catching monsters meant first figuring out which bus to catch across London?
This first issue is rendered entirely in black and white which gives it the feeling of the kind of classic comic strip once found in your local newspaper. Ellerby’s sense of comic timing is razor sharp and his deft use of facial expression had me chuckling in more than a few places.
Chloe’s opponent in this issue, a dahgul, is a hilarious mixture of something from Where the Wild Things Are, a Dr Suess creature (it reminded me of the Jiboo from Oh the Thinks You Can Think) and your average London homeless dude. Combine this with its keen sense of indignation at being bothered by Chloe and a mean left hook and the dahgul makes a fantastically entertaining bad guy.
This is a great read and the series is now on its third issue so there’s plenty more if you like what you read here. Check out the website at http://www.marcellerby.com/chloenoonan/