Rating: 4.5/5 – A Modern Day Mrs. Prometheus gets the Image Treatment.
by guest reviewer Kevyn Knox.
I know by now it has become sort of a cliche to say this, but it cannot be helped. Image Comics has done it again. Yessiree, the bravest and the boldest comic book company out there has given us yet another in a seemingly never-ending parade of great comic books – and we wouldn’t have it any other way. This time around the book is Madame Frankenstein and it is written by Jamie S. Rich, of You Have Killed Me and Spell Checkers fame, and drawn by relative newcomer Megan Levens. It should really come as no surprise to any regular comics reader that there is another great title out from Image.
This seven issue limited series is the story of Vincent Krall and his attempt at reanimating his dead lover. Set in 1932, just a year after Universal released Frankenstein, that game changing horror film from James Whale, Rich and Levens give their comic a gothic, vintage horror feel that fits (obviously) perfectly with the subject matter. With issue one, we are given the lead-in to what will inevitably become a more and more tragic tale as the next six issues unfold. And it is all done with the brevity of narrative we have come to expect from Rich, a writer who can pack a wallop into just a few words, as well as clean and sharp black and white artwork from Levens.
Madame Frankenstein #1 looks to be the beginning of a solid seven issues of mythic storytelling from Jamie S. Rich and Megan Levens (with cover art by the always breathtaking Joelle Jones), and yet another great title from the fine folks over at Image Comics. Sure, we are given classic archetypes that have been done to so-called death in books and movies lo these past hundred years or so, but with Rich’s stoic storytelling and Levens classic style pencils, we the readers, cannot go wrong with this modern day Prometheus.
Reviewed by: Kevyn Knox