The Frankenstein creature is alone, abandoned, and wandering underground, where he will discover other strange creatures—and dark secrets to the universe.
Of all the various supernatural creatures that have been created through decades of fiction, Frankenstein easily sits in the top tier. Combine such an iconic character with a modern creator of horror like Mike Mignola and you have a winning book in your hands. Just such a book comes in the form of Frankenstein Underground, the first issue of which we look at here.
The launch issue for this re-imagining starts off with this incarnation of the classic monster stumbling into a temple of sorts in Mexico, being found by a mysterious old woman. After a brief flashback showing us some of his treatment by mankind throughout history, we see that they are being watched through magical methods by a man in France. This cruel creature slaver of sorts sends one of his minions after Frankenstein’s monster, but they fail to do so. In a fit of rage following the unfortunate death of the old woman, he is sent tumbling into an abyss as the temple crumbles.
While I’ve admittedly never read Hellboy, the cover for this book is one most would recognize as similar to that artwork. The interiors were very strong, in both their quality and the weight of the linework. Colors kept a very muted and darker feel, which did a great job in adding to the overall feel of this kind of title.
I would have to imagine that fans of Mignola, especially Hellboy fans, are going to like this book. On the other hand, even those that aren’t will most likely enjoy it simply for the interesting take on Frankenstein and the nice artwork. I’ve always loved twists on classics, and this is one I think is worth checking out next time you hit the shelves.
For more on Frankenstein Underground or other Dark Horse titles, check out Dark Horse Comics.
Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.