Thursday, March 5, 2015

Frankenstein Underground #1

On March 18, Dark Horse Comics will publish Frankenstein Underground #1, the first issue of a new five-issue miniseries written by best-selling comic book creator Mike Mignola, with covers by Mignola and interior art by acclaimed artist Ben Stenbeck (Baltimore). The miniseries follows the Frankenstein monster, who is alone, abandoned, and wandering underground, where he discovers both other monsters and the dark secrets to the universe. The miniseries will be the second appearance of the Frankenstein monster within the mythology and continuity of Hellboy, B.P.R.D., and the other Mignolaverse titles; the character first appeared in the graphic novel House of the Living Dead by Mignola and Richard Corben. Mignola is no stranger to Frankenstein’s monster. He’s long been fascinated by Shelley’s novel and the iconic Universal Studios films that it spawned. In 1991, he drew scenes from classic Universal Studios horror films for Topps trading cards and recently drew a Bride of Frankenstein Mondo print.

I’ve read some of Mike Mignola’s Hellboy stuff and this story fits right into that aesthetic with the art style and dark color palette. Though I didn’t know too much about the backstory of how Frankenstein’s Monster fits into the universe I was drawn into the character as we were given a glimpse into his tortured past. He seems like a creature who has gained self-awareness and hates what he was made into. The introduction of the antagonist was interesting and I am very curious to learn more about him and his ultimate goals. Frankenstein Underground #1 has done the job that number 1 issues are supposed to, pique the reader’s curiosity and leave them wanting more. I can’t wait to see more of this series and to travel more with the Monster.

Frankenstein Underground #1 will be published March 18, 2015 by Darkhorse Comics.
Writer: Mike Mignola
Artist: Ben Stenbeck
Colorist: Dave Stewart

Cover Artist: Mike Mignola

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