TALES OF MR. RHEE: Those Who Fight Monsters is Dirk Manning’s latest series involving the enigmatic and tough as nails Mr. Michael Rhee as well as others from Dirk’s “Nightmare World” universe. Mr Rhee is a demon hunter of sorts, a “paranormal troubleshooter” if you will, but not one of the “chosen one” variety. This ain’t Buffy. I think this description from a review of the previous mini series sums him up nicely.
“Seems when Mr. Rhee was younger he got involved in some bad magic and wound up marked and stalked for life by a demon he summoned.
Does he curl up in a little ball? When the rapture/invasion occurs does he run and hide? No he treads through the post-rapture world helping where he can, though as they say if you need his help it’s probably already too late.
This is a great character who’s been placed in some really rough situations. The plots Manning pens are sometimes horrifying, often hopeless, but his hero soldiers on. Admittedly when I first started reading (with no prior knowledge of the character and his world) I found myself scoffing at his resolve. How could anyone keep going through these adventures? But after I learned his background, and whether you read the collected volume one or the first issue of this new mini series you will get enough background, I realized that this was a seriously damaged and seriously repentant man. I don’t want to spoil this story for you but suffice to say his “teacher” in the dark arts was scum, and the things Michael went through in his care are truly horrifying.”
When we meet him in the current series we’re in a post Rapture world, some folks are handling it some not so much. Michael was up to his eyeballs in it and wound up committed to an insane asylum for his trouble. Normally that would’ve been a life sentence but for the help of a woman. A woman from a shadowy group who, like Michael, gets involved in all sorts of other-worldly business.
Now Michael needs to know if her organization, P.R.O.M.I.S.E., is trustworthy and he’s turning to an old friend for help. Mr Rhee’s life is never simple though and who knows what this intelligence gathering mission will unveil.
I’ve reviewed Dirk’s work before and it’s always a pleasure to read his stuff. It’s extremely well plotted, well paced, and the characters all feel real and solid, with personalities that stick from issue to issue. The art on this series comes from a few very talented individuals, issue one Alessandro de Fornasari, Marianna Pescosta, issue two Seth Damoose, and on issue 3 Austin McKinley, but even with all those different artists characters stay recognizable and true to form. Getting to visit Mr Rhee’s world of demons and normals, and the battles fought by, for, and around them is always a treat. Go check it out and see if you don’t get hooked!
Issue one of TALES OF MR. RHEE: Those Who Fight Monsters is also available as a web comic at Devil’s Due Entertainment’s website! The digital release of all three issues, as well as previous series, are available at comixology.com right now!