This was great fun. I liked Lemire’s work on Superboy and Atom, but with the Relaunch he’s been given some books that really fit his sensibilities, and I think Frankenstein and Animal Man will be among the break-out hits of the New 52. This book reminded me a lot of early Grant Morrison stuff, like Doom Patrol, and there were also some elements of Hellboy and BPRD. Frankenstein is a really interesting character, a bad-ass monster that quotes poetry and has troubles with his ex-wife, and Lemire surrounds him with all sorts of weirdness, including the Creature Commandos and Father Time who is now a little girl. I was surprised to see Ray Palmer show up here of all places, and glad that Lemire took the ‘Ant Farm’ concept he created in those Adventure Comics back-ups and used it here as SHADE’s base. It does look like Ray isn’t the Atom yet though, which is strange. The art by Ponticelli was good, it fit the tone of Lemire’s script, and the double-page spreads of Frankenstein and his allies carved through the monsters were very cool. I will say that the threat Frank was facing seems a little generic, but hopefully Lemire will develop it further. I guess I’ll need to track down that Flashpoint mini-series now.