Written by Jeff Lemire, Art by Alberto Ponticelli, Cover by J.G. Jones
Solicitation Info (from Previews): It’s Frankenstein as you’ve never seen him before, in a dark new series from acclaimed writer Jeff Lemire (SWEET TOOTH) and artist Alberto Ponticelli (UNKNOWN SOLDIER)! Frankenstein is part of a network of strange beings who work for an even stranger government organization: The Super Human Advanced Defense Executive! But can he protect the world from threats even more horrifying than himself? And since he’s vilified for who and what he is, will he even want to take on this mission?
Bias: I liked him in Seven Soldiers, I liked him in Flashpoint, and I absolutely loved Animal Man (also written by Jeff Lemire), so I expect that this will be right up my alley. Definitely gonna be one of the first books I read next week!
What I liked: This is the second book I’ve read by Jeff Lemire (the first being Animal Man #1), and I must say that I’m impressed. It was surreal, crazy fun. As Ray Palmer (yup, he’s alive in the DCnU, and in this book) says, “This place is an advertisement for mad science bound to go wrong.” The art is rough and edgy, which I think fits Frankenstein very well – much better than the cover artist, who’s artwork is beautiful, but doesn’t fit Frankenstein as well.
What I disliked: Honestly, I’ve got nothing. I try to give the good side of titles I dislike, and the downside to titles I loved. The most I can say is that this one can be graphic at points (we see a dog skinned on the second page), but I tend to like that sort of thing, so it’s a caution to some readers, but is a-okay by me.
Verdict: I’m going to collect this title for sure.
As always, SPOILERS in comments, including my favorite scene, thoughts on what happened, and questions about what’s to come.