Madame Frankenstein #1: A Familiar Story With a New Twist
Aside from the bride monster, in Bride Of Frankenstein, I’ve never seen Frankenstein’s monster portrayed as a female. Probaby because doing so would touch on all kinds of weirdness involving men’s sexual desires, necrophilia, and female objectiveness in general. Well get ready for weirdness, because with Madame Frankenstein, I’m sure it will be inevitable that we see these freaky and taboo topics approached by the creative team of Jamie Rich and Megan Levens.
Now, usually I have stronger feelings with a comic book than I did reading Madame Frankenstein. It’s not a bad book. But, I won’t say yet if it’s a great book either. Would I continue to read this? Yes, I would. The reason for that is: I think the idea for this book is just weird. And weird makes me curious. Not weird in a “I’ve never seen that before” way, but a “What were they thinking?” kind of way. Now, this is speaking entirely on the subject and writing. Megan’s art is good. The soft but thick lines, the characters cute noses and big eyes, all reminded me of an old Disney comic. And it was all very nice to look at. So, I don’t feel the need to touch to deeply on the art here. Although I feel that most of the story boards for this first issue were already drawn out via Karloff & Whales movie from 1931, the art itself stands on it’s own. (Incidentally this story starts in ’32)
The book starts with a first-person view of a man named Vincent Krall (our Dr. Frankenstein for all intents and purposes), who is introduced to a young woman by the name of Courtney Bow, at a gathering of sorts. We then move forward to your typical Frankenstein story, with Vincent Krall and his assistant, Irene, preparing the corpse of Ms. Bow for life-inducing jolt of lightning. Proceeding to give her life again, Krall and Irene appear to not be prepared for the violent reaction of Ms. Bow’s resurrection, and what follows is a bit of havoc involving fire (the monsters favorite, as we all know!) and brief physical violence. Before seemingly taming the monster at the end of the first issue. Krall then re-christens the newly un-deceased Courtney as Gail. Interspersed throughout Madame Frankenstein is all the extra weirdness I referred to above. We see how Courtney (Gail) comes to be deceased. We see Dr. Krall’s main profession is a family physician making house-calls to families in need, and the good doctor apparently sees fairies who are guiding him in his weirdness. Dr. Krall is a very messed up individual, playing with death and dead bodies. For sake of not ruining this first issue, there are a few things I would really like to mention but won’t. I hope this series takes a good turn with the Frankenstein story that’s being re-hashed for this book, though. It definitely has potential, as there are a lot of plot threads introduced right from the beginning, to capture the readers interest.
If you like monster books, but are tired of the same old stuff, give this creepy title a try.