Monster & Madman #1 (IDW)


Rating: 4/5 – It’s time for Frankenstein’s Monster to meet The Ripper.
by guest reviewer Kevyn Knox.

I must admit to not having much experience with the titles coming from IDW Publishing. I’ve read one or two here and there and I liked what I have read, but still have not perused their catalog as much as I probably should have by now. But yet here I am writing a review of a brand new three part limited series from the indie comic book publishing house – and thoroughly enjoying it. If Monster and Madman is any indication of their usual quality of production, I should be checking out some of their other titles as well.

Written by Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) and drawn by newcomer Damien Worm, Monster and Madman is the story of Frankenstein’s Monster and notorious madman, Jack the Ripper. In this first issue we don’t see all that much of the madman, but we do see the adventures of the monster, as he travels the world after the death of his creator. The story is a dark and simple one, with Niles’ narrative actually taking a backseat of sorts to Worm’s beautifully rendered art. Reminiscent of Bill Sienkiewicz’s haunting painted comic book work on titles such as Elektra, Daredevil and Moon Knight, Worm’s art here is the perfect fit for a character like Frankenstein’s Monster.

It is this very art work by Damien Worm that makes Monster and Madman #1 stand out for this reviewer. Sure, Steve Niles’ writing is solid and the premise intrigues me, but I don’t think it would be as great a tale if it were not for the gorgeous art that frames his story. As long as we keep getting Damien Worm’s succulent art, does the story even matter? That’s hyperbole, of course, but you get my drift. Monster and Madman will only be around for two more issues, so grab it while you can. The art work alone is worth the cover price in this reviewer’s opinion.

Reviewed by: Kevyn Knox

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