In anticipation for I, Frankenstin, Lionsgate have released a three part motion comic which you can read here. Readers will quickly discover these stories are both confusing and disjointed; they’re so condensed and seem to jump all over the place. Fortunately, Darkstorm Comics has I, Frankenstein: Genesis in its entirety over at Comixology. Did I mention it was free? And, after reading the whole story, I can say it has managed to pique my curiosity to see the movie.
I, Frankenstein: Genesis serves as a prequel to the film and introduces us to the main characters. It dives into the backstories of Naberius, a demon prince, Leonore, the Queen of the Gargoyles, and Frankenstein’s monster, Adam. Told from the perspective of the Crescent Order, an organization tasked to observe the war between gargoyles and demons, who also serve as the last line of defence for mankind should the gargoyles fail. Adam’s desire to live a normal life will put the world in danger if the demons ever discover the secret to his immortality.
This graphic novel runs a bit long at 84 pages, but sets up the film by fleshing out the world and its characters. Kevin Grevioux penned the original screen story for the film as well as the three stories in Genesis, so it will be interesting to see how the comics connect to the film since Director Stuart Beattie wrote the screenplay. Also, the official synopsis is only a sentence long;
“Frankenstein’s creature finds himself caught in an all-out, centuries old war between two immortal clans.”
Even the synopsis seems misleading; in “Naberuis” they explain the that demons are motivated by immortality, and in “Leonore” the gargoyles are positioned as the “good guys”. “Adam” creates sympathy for its titular character while putting the gargoyles ethics in a grey area, and so far the only neutral characters seem to belong to the Crescent Order. All in all, the entire graphic novel is a good blend of the supernatural, folklore, and the gospel.
It’s a wonder the art direction is as well done as it is, remaining consistent throughout, considering that there were four different artists involved on this project. My only complaint is the cover art has a better interpretation of Naberius (Bill Nighy) and Leonore (Miranda Otto), which is only a problem since both characters are referenced in their present day forms once neither are as accurately illustrated in those scenes. However, Adam is the most accurate depiction in term of being modeled after Aaron Eckhart’s likeness, but the demons and gargoyles in his story arc seem too similar to differentiate.
If I, Frankenstein is on your plans this weekend, I’d highly recommend checking out the graphic novel. It’s shocking that Lionsgate spent so much time promoting the motion comics and not the actual comic. I, Frankenstein is 2D, REALD 3D, and IMAX 3D on January 24, 2014. Be on the lookout for our review of the movie as well coming soon.