Preview: Frankenstein Alive, Alive! #1

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Horror icons Steve Niles and Bernie Wrightson are continuing Mary Shelley’s monster masterpiece, Frankenstein (or The Modern Prometheus). Character continuations always give rise to skepticism (Before Watchmen), especially when they take on such prolific characters. However, Frankenstein Alive, Alive! looks to honor the character and his legend, rather than tear it apart. Wrightson illustrated the original Shelley story in 1983, and it’s been considered one of the best illustrated works in horror since. Looking at the preview, you’ll see that the artwork alone makes this book worth the cover price.

WRITTEN BY: Steve Niles
ART BY: Bernie Wrightson
PUBILSHER: IDW
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: May 9

Few works by comic-book artists have earned the universal acclaim and reverence that Bernie Wrightson’s illustrated version of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s Frankenstein was met with upon its original release in 1983.

Nearly 30 years later, Wrightson returns to his passion project with a comic series that picks up at the end of the classic novel, hailed as one of the greatest horror stories of all time. Frequent Wrightson collaborator Steve Niles provides the script for this epic, decades in the making.

While appearing to be in black and white, each page was scanned in color to mimic as closely as possible the experience of viewing the actual original art, showing off the exquisitely detailed brush work of one of the greatest living artists in comics today.

Each issue will also include supplemental materials, including interviews, essays and a serialization of the original prose story by Shelley.