Written by Tim Midura
on Wednesday, September 03 2014 and posted in Reviews
The same hands that put you together, can also take you apart.
From Image Comics comes Madame Frankenstein #5 by Jamie S. Rich and Megan Levens. The cover by Joelle Jones and Nick Filardi is of Gail standing out and uncomfortably at the masquerade.
Vincent Krall is still feeling high and mighty following his successful reanimation of Gail. After Gail’s disastrous first public appearance, Krall sees his old fraternity’s function as the redeeming event to correctly introduce Gail to the world. But things at the affair may not be all that pleasant when a very important someone from Gail’s past shows up.
Unlike the namesake doctor that this story is based upon, Jamie S. Rich keeps growing Vincent Krall from less of a tragic figure into more of a cunning villain; once he obtains what he cannot have, he casts it aside. Krall only cares about his reputation and that the world sees his scientific genius. Gail is furthering her comfort zone, as she becomes more comfortable around other people and talks about what she knows. All of this aside, she is still in a childlike state, as she doesn’t always form proper sentences.
Megan Levens’ art style is cinematic in scope with her plain backgrounds, specifically at the party. They’re usually solid black or white, with the bit players merely silhouetted, giving full attention to the leads up front. It adds depth to the panels, while keeping focus in the foreground. Her neat line work, coupled with the uncomplicated black and white technique, allows for a dynamic range of facial expressions; although, many from the party-goers are dirty looks.
Rich and Levens are building up towards something big here with only two issues left and Krall’s jealousy at an all time high. There’s also something to be said about Gail’s pre-death memories possibly resurfacing.
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