Monolith (comics)

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Not to be confused with a comic character of the same name, from The Elementals.

The Monolith is a DC Comics comic book series whose title character 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.

In 2013, the publication rights reverted to the creators, Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray of PaperFilms Inc.


Publication history

The Monolith 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.



  • Alice Cohen: The granddaughter of the first Alice. She finds herself struggling with drug addiction while trying to control the Monolith.
  • Tilt Shimura: Alice's best friend and roommate. An ex-prostitute, she is the less mature of the two. Nevertheless, she finds herself also responsible for the Monolith
  • The Monolith: A golem created in the 1930s. The creature viciously hunts those who prey on the innocent. He is psychically linked to Brooklyn and able to sense where crimes will happen. It has a very childlike personality which makes it both innocent and dangerous.


  • Alice: The grandmother to Alice Cohen. The Depression Era flashbacks are told from her point of view.
  • Rabbi Rava: The individual who was in charge of the magic knowledge that was used to create The Monolith.
  • Han: Chinese carpenter who participates in creating the Monolith.
  • Peter: Bootlegger and love of Alice whose blood was used to help create the Monolith.

Plot synopsis (issues #1-12)

Issues #1-3: Introduction

In the present the reader is introduced to Alice Cohen as she receives her... more

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