Written by Tim Midura
on Tuesday, April 08 2014 and posted in Reviews
Can Vincent Krall finally get the girl of his dreams?
From Image Comics, starting next month is a new take on an old classic by Jamie S. Rich and Megan Levens entitled Madame Frankenstein! Nearly 80 years after the debut of “Bride of Frankenstein”, we see the timeless tale of love and heartache brought into the modern age. The first issue comes with two different covers, my favorite being the one by Christopher Mitten of a close-up of Gail’s face with tubes running out of it.
Here, Vincent Krall takes the place of Dr. Frankenstein as the creator of the female companion; he falls for a woman and, after she’s killed in an accident, he uses his expertise to resurrect her, christening her Gail.
Megan Levens' art is evocative of early horror movies with generous wide-shots and striking line-work giving depth to each panel. It’s a great team-up by Rich and Levens to see Dr. Krall run a full range of emotions in just a few short panels. I also was a big fan of the language used to really give it the feeling of the late 19th century. The dynamic between Dr. Krall and Gail is compelling as he tries to adjust her to normal life, doing everything he can to create his perfect woman.
I’ve had the opportunity to read the first three issues of Madame Frankenstein and it’s a blast seeing where Rich and Levens are taking this series. Dr. Krall is an interesting, troubled character who uses his skill to eerily get the woman he loved and best his rival. Madame Frankenstein is an enjoyable ride putting a new spin on an old favorite and I can’t wait to see where it goes next.
Cover A by Joelle Jones and Nick Filardi.
Cover B by Christopher Mitten.
The first issue of Madame Frankenstein arrives in stores on May 7 and will be available for $2.99. Cover A by Joelle Jones and Nick Filardi can be pre-ordered using Diamond Code MAR140478. Cover B by Christopher Mitten can be pre-ordered using Diamond Code MAR140479. Final cut off orders are due by April 14, so get yours now!
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