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Review: The Modern Frankenstein #2

The Modern Frankenstein #2

The Modern Frankenstein #2 continues a series that’s been an interesting exploration of ethics in the world of medicine. Dr. Cleve was given a glimpse of the world Dr. Frankenstein was working on and left with a quandary. What he’s doing isn’t ethical but the cause and reasons he’s doing so are enough to make one pause. The story is an updated take on the classic tale and in the age of COVID, it feels well-timed.

Writer Paul Cornell is delivering a solid update to the classic story of Frankenstein giving it an ethical spin under today’s modern rules. With debates about how quickly the COVID vaccine was developed and conspiracies over shortcuts, the timing of the series feels appropriate. Cornell also delivers enough in the story to make the reader pause. We can understand why Dr. Cleve is enamored, in multiple ways, with Frankenstein. His work is cutting edge and can do real good for the world. Though she doesn’t completely discuss it, you can tell Cleve has a slight pause in how it’s been going about. Though, it’s not enough for her to not participate.

Cornell also adds a bit of romance to the story. There’s a sexual tension between Cleve and Frankenstein that spills over in the issue. There’s enough laid out there that it all makes sense. These are two attractive individuals who are really attracted to each other over what they see as their brilliance. Though, in Cleve’s case it also feels like there might be some attraction in the danger of it all.

Emma Vieceli brings a bit of sexiness to The Modern Frankenstein #2. There’s a tension throughout the comic as Cleve and Frankenstein do their dance. There’s also a subtle amount of horror in what they’re all doing. The issue does a fantastic job of balancing it all to create an issue that delivers a bit of everything. Pippa Bowland‘s colors delivers a pop to the issue with some really interesting choices at key moments to highlight something. Simon Bowland‘s lettering does a solid job of keeping the dialogue flowing while also getting out of the way of the art. This isn’t a series that has a ton of dialogue but when it does there’s a solid balance of the lettering and the art.

The Modern Frankenstein #2 gives us an escalation of things in many ways. There’s a dance about the comic as Cleve and Frankenstein orbit each other in numerous ways. It’s a solid new take on the classic story that adds a sexiness and danger about it all while keeping the horror always present.

Story: Paul Cornell Art: Emma Vieceli
Color: Pippa Bowland Letterer: Simon Bowland
Story: 8.15 Art: 8.15 Overall: 8.15 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: The Modern Frankenstein #2

The Modern Frankenstein #2

(W) Paul Cornell (A/CA) Emma Vieceli (C) Pippa Bowland (L) Simon Bowland

Elizabeth Cleve is an apprentice to the brilliant, extreme surgeon James Frankenstein. He’s shown her his secret world of forbidden medical experiments. And now their mutual attraction has reached a fever pitch. How far will she allow herself to go? A twisted horror-romance that walks a fine line between attraction and fear.

The Modern Frankenstein #2

Exclusive Reveal: Kit Buss’ Variant Cover for The Modern Frankenstein #3 (of 5)

The next thing in horror continues in June with The Modern Frankenstein #3 from Magma Comix. We have the exclusive first look at Kit Buss‘ variant cover. Retailers can receive this variant for free when they order 10 copies of the comic.

The Modern Frankenstein is by writer Paul Cornell, artist Emma Vieceli, colorist Pippa Bowland, and letterer Simon Bowland.

The Modern Frankenstein #3 (of 5)

Paul Cornell (w) • Emma Vieceli (a/ca)

Discover the next thing in horror from award-winning writer of television and comics Paul Cornell (Doctor Who, Saucer State, Wolverine) and acclaimed artist/writer Emma Vieceli (Doctor Who, Life is Strange), along with color artist Pippa Bowland and letterer Simon Bowland!

When one of James and Elizbabeth’s experiments spirals out of control, will they be able to contain the damage? And will it drive them apart, or closer together?

A twisted horror/romance that walks a fine line between attraction and fear.

Variant cover by Kit Buss (Critical Role, Cloven: Bloodlines)!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

*Retailer incentives:

Order 10 copies and get one free variant cover by Kit Buss!

On sale 6/23/21

The Modern Frankenstein #3 (of 5) Kit Buss variant cover

Review: Miskatonic #5

J. Edgar Hoover has tasked skeptical Bureau Agent Miranda Keller and true-believer detective Tom Malone to investigate a rash of deadly bombings. Hoover wants them to pin the bombings on radicals, but the evidence is pointing to something more supernatural and sinister.

Miskatonic has been an interesting series diving into the mythos create by H.P. Lovecraft and it wraps up here.

Story: Mark Sable
Art: Giorgio Pontrelli
Color: Pippa Bowland
Letterer: Dave Sharpe

Get your copy now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

comiXology
Kindle
Zeus Comics
TFAW

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Exclusive Reveal: Check out Jen Hickman’s The Modern Frankenstein #2 Retailer Incentive Cover

We have the exclusive first look at Jen Hickman‘s retailer incentive cover for The Modern Frankenstein #2. If retailers order 10 copies they get one free variant cover by Jen Hickman!

Discover the next thing in horror, The Modern Frankenstein. The comic is from award-winning writer of television and comics Paul Cornell and acclaimed artist/writer Emma Vieceli, along with color artist Pippa Bowland and letterer Simon Bowland!

Elizabeth Cleve is an apprentice to the brilliant, extreme surgeon James Frankenstein. He’s shown her his secret world of forbidden medical experiments. And how their mutual attraction has reached fever pitch. How far will she allow herself to go?

A twisted horror/romance that walks a fine line between attraction and fear.

The Modern Frankenstein #2 is out May 26, 2021.

The Modern Frankenstein #2 Jen Hickman retailer variant

Preview: Miskatonic #4

MISKATONIC #4

Writer: Mark Sable 
Artist: Giorgio Pontrelli 
Colorist: Pippa Bowland 
Letterer: Thomas Mauer 
Main Cover: Jeremy Haun w/ Nick Filardi
$3.99 / 32 pages / Color / On sale 02.17.21 

J. Edgar Hoover has tasked skeptical Bureau Agent Miranda Keller and true-believer detective Tom Malone to investigate a rash of deadly bombings. Hoover wants them to pin the bombings on radicals, but the evidence is pointing to something more supernatural and sinister: The Great Old One known as “The Dunwich Horror”…and the white supremacist cult that summoned it. Can our heroes stop one, let alone both?

MISKATONIC #4

Review: Miskatonic #4

J. Edgar Hoover has tasked skeptical Bureau Agent Miranda Keller and true-believer detective Tom Malone to investigate a rash of deadly bombings. Hoover wants them to pin the bombings on radicals, but the evidence is pointing to something more supernatural and sinister.

Miskatonic has been an interesting series diving into the mythos create by H.P. Lovecraft.

Story: Mark Sable
Art: Giorgio Pontrelli
Color: Pippa Bowland
Letterer: Dave Sharpe

Get your copy now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

comiXology
Kindle
Zeus Comics
TFAW

AfterShock provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links and make a purchase, we’ll receive a percentage of the sale. Graphic Policy does purchase items from this site. Making purchases through these links helps support the site

Exclusive Preview: Miskatonic #4

MISKATONIC #4

Writer: Mark Sable 
Artist: Giorgio Pontrelli 
Colorist: Pippa Bowland 
Letterer: Thomas Mauer 
Main Cover: Jeremy Haun w/ Nick Filardi
$3.99 / 32 pages / Color / On sale 02.17.21

J. Edgar Hoover has tasked skeptical Bureau Agent Miranda Keller and true-believer detective Tom Malone to investigate a rash of deadly bombings. Hoover wants them to pin the bombings on radicals, but the evidence is pointing to something more supernatural and sinister: The Great Old One known as “The Dunwich Horror”…and the white supremacist cult that summoned it. Can our heroes stop one, let alone both?

MISKATONIC #4

Exclusive Preview: Miskatonic #3

MISKATONIC #3

Writer: Mark Sable 
Artist: Giorgio Pontrelli 
Colorist: Pippa Bowland 
Letterer: Thomas Mauer 
Main Cover: Jeremy Haun w/ Nick Filardi
$3.99 / 32 pages / Color / On sale 1.20.21

Skeptical Bureau of Investigation Agent Miranda Keller and true-believer detective Tom Malone are tasked by J. Edgar Hoover to investigate a series of bombings in 1920s New England.

Traveling to the Arkham Asylum, the investigators discover their suspects aren’t just insane, but also undead. Who could be re-animating them?

MISKATONIC #3

Review: Miskatonic #1

Miskatonic #1

I had high hopes for Miskatonic #1 being published by AfterShock. The idea of a series of bombings revolving around the classic world created by H.P. Lovecraft is an idea that sounds full of possibilities as far as direction. And while a lot of the first issue works, a lot falls flat too in a narrative that feels a bit too choppy and not enough build-up and explanation.

Written by Mark Sable, the story revolves around Miranda Keller an F.B.I. agent sent on assignment to investigate bombings targeting the elites of Miskatonic Valley. The bombings are similar to those that happened during the Red Scare of the 1920s making them interesting to J. Edgar Hoover who believes they’re connected to that. We quickly learn that they have more to do with the occult and something going on in the area.

That concept is fantastic. It blends the occult with a typical FBI crime-fighting story. The issue is, the comic leans too heavily into the occult territory forgetting its more grounded launch point.

Miranda just accepts the story of frogmen and devil worship and doesn’t seem to have the reaction one would expect. Early on in the comic, she talks of a more “scientific bureau”. It’s a tip that she might be the Scully to her partner Tom’s Mulder. One is driven by science while the other has seen some shit. It’s a standard partnership we’ve seen many times but Miranda never quite delivers the shock of what she’s experiencing and seeing.

Part of my issue with the comic is its lack of teasing. There’s little build-up in the narrative or the visual and things ramp up quickly. By the end of the first issue, it feels like we’ve had two issues worth of twists and reveals with little depth as to the who, what, or why. Giorgio Pontrelli delivers some of the teasing in art but we never really get the surprise when it comes to the art. There’s a lack of visual tension that might have helped the choppy narrative. The color by Pippa Bowland doesn’t quite nail things down either. While a sickly green permeates a lot of the comic, it’s almost fluorescent at times delivering a brighter hue to what should be a darker, more melancholy comic.

Miskatonic #1 isn’t a bad debut but it also never quite excites. It feels like it rushes through the first issue never building tension. There’s little build-up and instead, things spiral quickly. But, that spiral also never elicits excitement or fear from its main characters. The emotional aspect isn’t there. We’ll see where it all goes but this is a mystery that isn’t worth exploring or solving right now.

Story: Mark Sable  Art: Giorgio Pontrelli 
Color: Pippa Bowland  Letterer: Thomas Mauer
Story: 5.0 Art: 6.0 Overall: 5.0 Recommendation: Pass

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