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Michael Crowe recommends Monster & Madman
Jack the Ripper was in the headlines again last week, with claims surfacing of new DNA evidence pinning the 1888 London murder spree on Polish barber Aaron Kosminski. Writer Steve Niles (arcaneimages) and artist Damien Worm, however, have another theory.
Monster & Madman tells the tale of Frankenstein’s monster, following the events of Mary Shelley’s classic novel. Rather than burn himself to death on Victor Frankenstein’s funeral pyre, as he told the novel’s narrator he would, the monster decides to continue his life—as wretched as it is—and finds passage from the Arctic on a ship bound for Norway.
The monster eventually makes his way to London in 1888, just as a string of grisly murders is beginning to terrify the populace. There he strikes a deal with mortician John Moore; if the monster allows Moore to examine him and discover the secrets of Victor Frankenstein’s work, Moore will grant the monster what Victor denied him: the creation of a companion to ease his loneliness.
Of course, Moore has his own secrets and motives, and his source for female body parts may not be the generous local hospital as he claims.
Steve Niles’ writing is in turns eerie and melancholy, matching Shelley’s original text in terms of both writing style as well as his characterization of the monster.
What makes Monster & Madman really shine, however, is definitely Damien Worm’s gorgeously grotesque artwork. Worm’s moody collages of ink, paint, and newspaper clippings set a perfect tone for this creepy tale, and work wonderfully in letting the viewer see the world through the monster’s borrowed, reanimated eyes.
For fans of the Shelley’s classic novel, or of dark and moody horror in general, Monster & Madman is highly recommended.
Gushing about this series to my editor all through SDCC led to me being asked to do a cover for Transformers vs GI Joe #5. It was fun to play up the over-the-top “toyetic” tone of the series. Very lucky, #blessed, and stoked. Out in December!
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