Advance Review – Monster & Madman #1 (of 3) (IDW Publishing)

MonsterMadman01_cvrPublisher: IDW Publishing
Writer: Steve Niles
Artist: Damien Worm
Release Date: 12th March 2014

As soon as I saw the initial online advertising for this book, I knew it was one for me to dive into with both feet. I am a strong lover of all macabre tales, with Edgar Allan Poe remaining at the top of my reading pile on a constant basis. Therefore, the idea of a crossover tale between Frankenstein’s monster and Jack the Ripper simply felt too good to be true.

The main story arc behind this book explores the hypothetical idea that Frankenstein’s monster survives the cold and has managed to make his way to London during Jack the Ripper’s infamous Whitechapel murders in 1888.

“30 Days of Night” co-creator and master of the horrific word Steve Niles continues his strong run of form here, creating a realistic explanation as to how and why the monster manages to appear on English shores and creating the same sympathetic but violent creature as seen in Mary Shelley’s books. The art is gothic and abstract, a perfect companion for Steve Niles story. However, action scenes can often become a little too abstract to successfully follow.

I recommend this book to any gothic fiction or macabre tale fans. While it may not be destined to become a future classic, it’s still a brilliantly simple sugar high of a story.

Rating: 4/5.

The writer of this piece was: Blair Stevenson
You can also find Blair on Twitter.

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