Review: FRANKENSTEIN ALIVE, ALIVE! #1

FRANKENSTEIN ALIVE, ALIVE! #1
Story by Steve Niles
Art by Bernie Wrightson
Release Date: May 9, 2012

Frankenstein Alive, Alive! is a story that takes place after the events in Mary Shelley’s classic, Frankenstein. Originally conceived by Bernie Wrightson, he found a kindred spirit in Steve Niles, and they finally put the comic in our hands.

Steve Niles is one of the top horror writers in the business today. His love of the source is evident, and he manages to take the monster, and imbue him with the same humanity that has allowed the character to flourish so many years after its creation. The story is extremely interesting and well-paced, allowing for a good use of flashback. I definitely found myself caring about what happens to the monster throughout the book.

What can be said about Bernie Wrightson’s art that hasn’t been said before? His Frankenstein’s Monster is iconic, and the black and white perfectly suits the style and tone of the story. Every page is a marvel of comic artistry, and he does a fantastic job of illustrating the emotions felt by the Monster. You can’t help but feel the same sense of loneliness and desolation from the amazing full-page panels that exist within this book.

I have always liked the Modern Prometheus (part of which is included at the back of the comic), and consider Frankenstein one of the great monsters of all-time. This book is a worthy addition to the legacy, with strong writing and fantastic art. My only concern is how they will tread the line between new and old. They have thirteen issues to stay true to the core of the character, while still placing him in new, fitting situations. A very good start…

Verdict: 8.0/10

Brett is co-host of the We Talk Comics podcast.

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