Know Your DCU: The Monolith
This is the first, and I mean it the first character that when I read the recommendation I thought “Who in the Hell?”. I wish I kept a list of who recommended what character, but whoever recommended The Monolith stumped me. Well done!
Luckily, the internet has all the answers to these sort of problems. According to Wikipedia, The Monolith series:
was published for a total of 12 issues before being cancelled due to poor sales. The issues were cover dated April 2004 to March 2005, and were all written by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti. Phil Winslade was the penciller/inker for most issues with Tomm Coker and Peter Snejberg acting as replacements for a total of four issues.
The stories take place in the present (of the publication dates), with flashbacks to the events surrounding The Monolith during the Depression Era.
Well, ok then. I was an avid comic reader at that point in my life, so I’m not sure why I hadn’t heard of this story before. The character sounds interesting too and certainly sounds like something straight out of the Golden Age of comics, saying the title character himself:
is a superheroic golem. The Monolith is guided in his actions by Alice Cohen, a recovering drug addict whose grandmother was one of those responsible for the Monolith’s creation in the 1930s.
Very cool stuff, and I will have to go out and find some back issues of this series to learn more. Since the series was so short, Wikipedia has a very in-depth synopsis of each of the 12 issues that you can find HERE.
So, this will go down in history as the first Know Your DCU where I learned something. Who knew this column would do that? Thanks to whoever suggested The Monolith! Please let me know by hitting the “Ask” button, and I will give you a proper shout out…